85% Sangiovese (aka Prugnolo Gentile), 15% Colorino, Canaiolo and Merlot
Azianda Poliziano is a producer of top Sangiovese, called by Antonio Galloni "one of the reference points in Montepulciano." It was started in 1961 with an initial nucleus of 22 hectares. It has grown over the years to reach its present size of 120 hectares. Its name is an homage to the humanist poet Angelo Ambrogini (1454-1494), known as "Il Poliziano", who was born in Montepulciano. There are approximately 30 hectares of vineyards clustered around the winery's buildings as well as a number of individual properties that range in size from eight to thirty hectares. The vines are planted at altitudes ranging from 280 to 400 metres above sea level, with soil that is primarily volcanic clay and slightly rocky. The geological survey of the Comune of Montepulciano identifies the most important sections with the names: Asinone, Caggiole, Valiano, Lama, Casale and Pozzi.
What The Critics Say
92/100 Wine Spectator
"Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2019 list (#54). Bright black cherry, plum, earth, vanilla and toasty oak flavors are the hallmarks of this well-crafted red. Balanced, this needs a year or two to integrate more fully and extend the finish. Firm grip. Sangiovese, Colorino, Canaiolo and Merlot. Best from 2021 through 2033."
92/100 Wine Enthusiast (2015 vintage)
"Fragrant woodland berry, blue flower and cake spice aromas mingle with a balsamic menthol note. The concentrated but almost weightless palate offers juicy raspberry, fleshy black cherry, espresso and star anise alongside polished supple tannins."
92/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, Monica Larner (2015 vintage)
"This wine should be hitting the market now. The 2015 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is a truly generous Tuscan red with a bright and cherry-driven bouquet. Some 250,000 bottles were produced, and this is the average for this wine. The blend is 85% Sangiovese with 15% Canaiolo and Merlot. Blending is executed in cement tanks, and the oak influences are downplayed. This is a deep, plush, soft and rich expression overall." Drink 2018 - 2026
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