96 pts, James Suckling — 94 pts, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Picturesque olive groves and a gorgeous farmhouse add to the magnificent property overlooking much of Tuscany. San Polo is a beautiful estate located in the southeastern part of Montalcino at 1,300 feet above sea level overlooking the Sant’Antimo Valley and Mount Amiata. It spans 52 acres with twenty acres currently producing Brunello di Montalcino.
Though the winery makes a Brunello di Montalcino every year, they only make a Riserva in truly special vintages at the estate. Over the last twenty years, they’ve only made a reserve bottling in 2004, 2006, 2010 and now in 2012. The latest bottling is fantastic, easily one of the best bottles made in what was a challengingly hot vintage. The San Polo advantage? Being so high up, with a consistent breeze. It’s the reason this beauty is an cellar worthy marvel. At $40 OFF the release price from the winery, this is a great buy for collectors.
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96 Points, James Suckling
Reserved and cool for this opulent vintage with red fruits and delicate herbal notes. This is a concentrated and deep wine with a ton of dry tannins. Great balance, too. I love the long finish with its minty freshness.
94 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
This is a darkly saturated Sangiovese with a very etched and precise fruit profile. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva offers immediate aromas of black cherry liqueur and pressed blackberry. Those berry notes are followed by spice, cinnamon and toasted coffee. This Riserva hits the palate with direct force and precision. It does not show the jammy or cooked notes commonly found in Sangiovese made in this hot vintage.
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