Tuscany’s Poliziano Winery is relatively young in the storied history of winemaking in this part of Italy. Dino Carletti bought a parcel of land and planted it with Prugnolo Gentile, a variety of the local Sangiovese. The winery is named after poet Angelo Ambrogini (1454-1494) whose nickname was “Il Poliziano” a native of Montepulciano. The wineries famed vineyard, Asinone gets it name from the shape of the vineyard, the back of a donkey.
When Dino’s son Federico joined the winery after studying Viticulture and Enology, his mission was to produce exceptional wines from the estate’s grapes. He took time to study the winery’s Asinone vineyard and plant vines that were suited to the different soils and microclimates that made up the vineyard. Federico’s hard work has paid off and Poliziano makes work class wines.
Poliziano, Rosso di Montepulciano, DOC, 2013 is deep purple-garnet. The Rosso di Montepulciano is 80% Sangiovese and 20 % Merlot. Some of the wine is aged in second use American oak before being bottled. It has an earthy nose backed by red cherry and dark fruit. The palate is filled with that red cherry along with red delicious apple and minerals. The tannins are soft a lead to a smooth medium finish. Enjoy with grilled chicken with fire-roasted tomatoes.
Poliziano, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, DOCG, 2011 is a blend of 85% Prugnolo Gentile with the balance a blend of Merlot, Colorino, and Canaiolo. It is then aged for 16-18 months in French oak barriques and tonneaux before bottling. The Vino Nobile is dark garnet red with aromas of dark fruit, tobacco, cedar box and minerals. The palate is an intense blend of tart stewed fruit, tangy berries, with smooth medium tannins and a long dry finish. Enjoy with slow braised short ribs.
Poliziano, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Selezione “Asinone,” 2010 is 100% Sangiovese. This special wine is only produced in exceptional years. It is aged in French oak barriques for 16-18 months. The color is dark garnet in the glass and has aromas of cherry, dark berries, violets, spices, leather and even dark cacao. The palate is a melt of these aromas and the mouth feel is well balanced and its acidity well integrated. The Selezione Asinone is a big wine, but its tannins are so smooth the palate is never overwhelmed. The long dry finish needs to be tamed by a juicy rib eye steak!
The Tuscan hills produce a myriad of wines from all of its regions. Poliziano shows what the best of Montepulciano can produce.