Poggio San Polo Vignavecchia Brunello di Montalcino 2015
The Vignavecchia vineyard at San Polo is located on a western facing hill of rare beauty. These soils are composed of deep deposits of “galestro” (clay/limestone), which support the profound roots systems of 30+ years-old vines. Here, biodiversity reigns supreme, and with the utmost respect for nature’s rhythms, we create our Iconic Brunello. Intense ruby-red color with notes of ripe, red fruit, on the nose followed by violets, forest floor and pleasing, woody, undertones. On the palate, the wine is structured, with robust, warm, tannins, and a very long finish. The particular features of the terroir at San Polo produce a Brunello Vignavecchia with a capacity for lengthy aging, while patient cellaring enhances the wine during aging in the bottle.
Those who know Montalcino understand the importance of the variation in altitude, the exposure to the sun, the soil composition in the vineyards, and the role played by geographical location (slopes).
The Estate is composed of two holdings: San Polo, planted in 1990 with a plant density of 4,000 vines/hectare (1,618 vines/ac), and Monteluc, planted more recently with a density of 7,000 vines/hectare (2,833 vines/ac). Of a total of 22 hectares (54.3 ac), 16 ha (39.5 ac) have been planted with vines, and 8 ha (19.7 ac) of these are registered as Brunello di Montalcino DOCG. We minimized the use of chemical fertilizers and fungicides, only natural fertilizers in the form of organic compost, and all harvesting is carried out manually and only when the grapes have achieved full maturity. The limited numbers of buds, high plant density, and minimum amounts of fertilization allow the vines to achieve the right balance between fruit and foliage and higher concentrations of sugars, polyphenols, and aromatic substances. When necessary, manual thinning out of the clusters is undertaken to favor those with better exposure to the sun and thus obtain 4-5 bunches per vine and just 700-800 grams (1.5-1.8 lbs) of grapes per vine.