POGGIO SAN POLO is an organic winery in the Montalcino region of Tuscany.

Owner | In June 2007 Marilisa Allegrini, family owner of the Allegrini estate in Veneto, and Leonardo Lo Cascio, head of Allegrini’s U.S. wine importer and distributor Winebow, jointly purchased and amalgamated two Montalcino estates called San Polo and Montluc from the Fertonani family, renaming the whole Poggio San Polo whilst labelling the wines as ‘San Polo’. The purchase price was estimated at up to $13.5 million. This was the second joint investment by Allegrini and Lo Cascio in Tuscany. In 2001, they acquired Poggio al Tesoro in the coastal area of Bolgheri.

The two newly acquired [Montalcino] estates [Montluc and Poggio San Polo], both formerly belonging to the Fertonani family, together comprise 52 acres, located in the area south of the town of Montalcino. The largest portion, 39.5 acres of south-southeast facing vines, includes nearly 20 acres designated for the production of Brunello di Montalcino.

The Fertonari era | The Fertonani family had bought Poggio San Polo in 1998. They began to restructure both vineyards and winery. The estate was managed by Mauro Fertonani and Luca D’Attoma, assisted by Carlo Ferrini. They oversee some 4.6 hectares (12 acres) with a total production of 5,800 cases, of which 2,500 are Brunello, and the rest divided between Rosso di Montalcino and two super Tuscans, Mezzopane (a blend of Merlot and Sangiovese) and Rubio (100 percent Sangiovese).

Staff | Oenologist in-house: Nicola Biasi (he left in 2018 to go solo). External consultant: Riccardo Cottarella. Contact Riccardo Fratton (based in Verona).

Vineyards | 2016 22 hectares (54 acres) of land, of which 15 hectares are vines. Five hectares were planted at at 4,200 vines per hectares in 1990-1991, and 10 hectares were planted at 7,000 vines per hectare in 2000-2001.

Terroir | Good terroir at the eastern limit of Montalcino on a hill overlooking the valley that leads to Castelnuovo dell’Abate; so due south facing.

Viticulture | I was told at Benventuto Brunello 2016 that Luca D’Attoma (see Duemani) was doing some biodynamics here but so far no BD preps had been used. Cover crops Broad beans (favino), cock’s head (sulla or sainfoin), rape and mustard (senape) are sown with a machine they hire I was told at Benvenuto Brunello 2016.

Organic certification | 2017 First vintage with full organic certification.

Winery | Underground winery built by the Fertonani family. Finished in time for the 2006 vintage. It features a natural ventilation system and cement fermenting vats. All wines ferment in cement (red-coloured).

Wine production | About 5,800 cases of red wine, of which 2,500 are Brunello and the rest divided between Rosso di Montalcino and two super Tuscan called Mezzopane and Rubio.

RED WINES

Toscana Rosso, Mezzopane | Merlot and Sangiovese.

Toscana Rosso, Rubio | Sangiovese-based.

Rosso di Montalcino DOC, San Polo | 2008 OK, first wine of the day, perhaps a bit green at Benvenuto Brunello 20th Feb 2011. 13K. | 2012 22,000 bottles. Sweet plump black fruit all in the middle, claret-like black international black fruit flavours but not over the top if not really typical at Benvenuto Brunello 2014. | 2012 No added sulfites trial. Berries are chilled after harvest to avoid problems with no added sulfites. Smooth tannins, sticky red fruit, reduced end at Benvenuto Brunello 2014. | 2013 20,000 bottles. Sweet and mid-weight, polished and textured, well made (12 months in tonneau) at Benvenuto Brunello 2015. | 2014 Fluid, a bit light at Benvenuto Brunello 2016.

Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, San Polo | 2000 Sweet ripe style with some CS and dry at finish at Benvenuto Brunello 18 Feb 2005. 2008 Ripe, rich black fruit, foursquare, herbaceous finish, opens and softens but still dominated by blackcurrants. £30-59.99. 14.5 Points. Silver at DWWA 2nd May 2013. | 2009 50,000 bottles. Bit roasted, OK, but a bit sweet and light, international but not OTT at Benvenuto Brunello 2014. | 2010 38,400 bottles. 24 months in tonneau, 12 months in cement. Very sweet fruit and savoury oak at end, polished at Benvenuto Brunello 2015. | 2011 Rich nose, very nice cedar ripe fruit, modern but warm, well done, warm end, needs a bit more acid at Benvenuto Brunello 2016. | 2012 Quite a sticky-jammy savoury wine at Benvenuto Brunello 2017. | 2014 Spicey dark fruit, reasonable depth, fluid, tannins seem already to be settling, fairly approachable when tasted at Benvenuto Brunello on 15 Feb 2019.

Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Riserva, San Polo | 2010 Amarone-esque at Benvenuto Brunello 2016.

EXPORTS USA

A Leonardo Lo Cascio Selection, Winebow, Montvale, NJ; tel. (201) 445-0620

CONTACT

Poggio San Polo

Loc. Podere San Polo di Podernovi, 161 | I-53024 Montalcino (SI = Siena), Italy

Tel+39 0577.835522 or 835101 | Website www.poggiosanpolo.com