Almost 30 years. That’s how long it has taken me to find a Vino Nobile di Montepulciano that excited me the way great Brunello can. I’ve tasted hundreds of examples from various producers; albeit mostly restricted to the larger estates who benefit from reliable distribution. I’ve tasted many nice wines but nothing that really moved me.
In 2017, while in Tuscany the 2011 Asinone left an indelible mark in my memory. Mind you, it wasn’t new to me, but that night I sensed it was beginning to elevate itself in a manner that required attention. When the 2015 was released, I knew I’d be buying it on sight. So when I came across some in Monteriggioni, I didn’t hesitate. My regret? Not buying enough!
Asinone is named after the vineyard that bears the same name and whose topography strikes an odd resemblance to a donkey’s back. First introduced as a Riserva in 1983, it quickly became obvious that the vineyard was special. Today the vineyard is approximately 12 hectares with vines that date back to 1963. In the best vintages, Asinone will be 100% Sangiovese.
The 2015 Poliziano Asinone Vino Nobile is the best wine I’ve ever tasted from this winery. It is also the most exciting Vino Nobile I’ve ever tasted. Deep violet in color, the aromas are explosive and generous. Crushed cherry, fresh flowers, new leather, spices and sweet tobacco aromas are energetic and seamless.
On the palate, the wine simply sings! A soaring harmonic melody of concentrated, ripe red fruits coats the palate from fore to aft. Dark cocoa, espresso bean, tobacco and spice add complexity. Long, balanced and fresh, this is nothing short of a masterpiece. 98 points. Buy as much as you can find. Find this wine.