Poliziano’s Vino Nobile is a blend of 85 percent Sangiovese with the balance a mix of Canaiolo, Colorino, and Merlot. Farming in the clay-silt soils is sustainable but not organic. The fruit was vinified with cultured yeast and the wine aged 18 to 20 months in used oak, a mix of barriques, 500-liter tonneaux, and large casks.
The result is dark ruby red with a clear rim, and the fragrance is quiet, suggesting black cherries steeped with juniper berry with a woodsy touch of sandalwood and cedar. The palate delivers a potent pop of red fruits, while firm tannins and a blaze of acidity round out the finish. More realized than Poliziano’s Lohsa Morellino, more elaborate and detailed, but still somewhat young. Age it for a couple more years and enjoy with rich meats or aged cheese.
2016 Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG
14% abv | $30 (sample); Imported by Dalla Terra