San Polo Rosso 2018
Brunello di Montalcino
September 20, 2018 - October 5, 2018
12 months in lightly toasted 20 and 40 hl barrels, followed by an additional 6 months in bottle before release.
Brilliant ruby red in color, this wine exhibits aromas of fresh berries, delicate Morello cherries, blackberry and hints of vanilla in the nose. Dry and elegant on the palate, it is full of energy and freshness, with a satisfying, long finish and soft, well-balanced tannins.
2018 was characterized as a very ‘calm’ vintage. From the outset, nature took its time. A rather harsh winter delayed the cycle of the vine, with vegetative growth beginning slow and steady towards the middle-end of spring. May and June contained cool temperatures and heavy rainfall, which was followed by a rather mild summer. Stark temperature contrasts enabled vines to continue their development in a balanced manner. This ‘calm trend,’ found in the first half of the year was also seen during harvest, which was among the longest in recent years. The estate adapted by arranging a phased harvest from the different blocks and even harvesting grapes from the same plot more than once, so that a perfect phenolic maturation was achieved by each and every cluster.
Food Pairing Notes
Naturally well suited to the Tuscan cuisine’s bold, distinctive flavors, this wine will pair well with mushroom-based dishes, risotto, pork and grilled meat. The estate recommends serving it at 60° F and opening an hour before serving.