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Brunello di Montalcino San Polo 2016
Montalcino, to the south of the Chianti region and the location of some of the most fantastic wines made from the Sangiovese grape. The famous ‘Vino Nobile’ is aged for five years before it is released, and comes with a price point reflecting that investment! 2015 was a fabulous year, and this is a stunning wine – aromas of violets and red berries are followed by hints of vanilla, cedar and coffee. On the palate, it is full-bodied and warm, but so elegant with a lingering, contemplative finish.
Poggio San Polo is in one of the most architecturally stunning wineries I have ever visited – we hopped over the ‘border’ during our tours to Umbria in 2015. Not for flamboyance, but for the determination to use local materials and thoughtful design to create a winery that maintains ideal temperature and humidity throughout the year. The vineyard is organic, blessed by its high elevation with fresh breezes which reduce the risk of fungal infections, and a stony soil that forces the vines to push roots deep down in search of moisture – which adds to the complexity of the flavour of the wine.
A great wine like this deserves great food – have it with a really good steak, and if steak isn’t your thing a roasted vegetable dish with caramelised vegetables would be super. Pecorino di Fossa (matured in underground pits, lined with straw, for at least 90 days) is my favourite cheese match.
Decanter World Wine Awards 2021, Silver
|Major Grape Varieties||
Italy – Centre
|Food matching suggestions||
Steak/Rare roasts (or veggie roasts), Tomato based bakes eg melanzane
|Cheese Matching Suggestions||
Low moisture hard cheeses eg Parmigiano, Pecorino, Manchego