~ Poliziano is clearly among the best producers of Vino Nobile ~

“Our wines evoke the historic tradition of the land, but at the same time speak eloquently to the modern world. Theirs is a developing narrative: born in the early 1980’s, they have matured and evolved over time, always with the objective of uncompromising quality. The heart of our wines comes primarily from the Sangiovese grape, known locally by its historic name, “Prugnolo Gentile.”

Poliziano traces its family roots back to Angelo Poliziano  – the classical scholar and poet of the Florentine Renaissance.  However, it was a mere 51 years ago,  1968 to be precise, that the first vintage of wine bearing the Poliziano name was released;  the Noble Wine of Montepulciano.

From 42 hectares of vineyards that sit at approximately 450 meters above sea level, Poliziano crafts its estate Vino Nobile.  Although Vino Nobile can be 100% Sangiovese, the estate wine is a blend of 85% Sangiovese along with a 15% varietal mix that includes Canaiolo, Colorino and Merlot.  The wine is aged 2/3 in barrique and tonneaux and 1/3 in large cask.

~ Vinous history from the cantina of Poliziano ~

The 2015 Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is…. what?   Hmmm, it’s many things. It’s elusive. It requires your patience and some TLC.  It is the product of a stellar vintage and it’s a wine to take note of.

We did not decant this bottle.  That said, to enjoy this wine now, I strongly urge you to do so. Luckily, the start of dinner was delayed so this wine sat in the bottle for a while minus the few glasses that were poured. After nearly 90 minutes of air, this was a totally different wine. Trust me, decant it.

The 2015 is a gorgeous medium ruby to violet color.  Immediately after pouring, the aromas from the wine are expressive.  Crushed black cherry, black olive, slight crushed mint leaves and soft toasted spices are wonderful.  On the palate, this wine was elusive and seemed almost “lean” after the first few sips.  The tannins seemed intrusive and almost out of balance.  They weren’t bitter at all, but they were chewy.  After 90 minutes, the transformation occurred.

The deep black cherry flavors plumped dramatically revealing a full bodied core of viscous fruit that is fresh and lively.  Accented with leather, cocoa and tobacco notes, this glides across the palate coating from front to back.  The acidity keeps things fresh, however, the tannins clamp down on the back end. They are dusty, but they are there. Make no mistake. With grilled chicken, buttered gnocchi and vegetables the pairing was wonderful.   Decant now or cellar 2-3 years.  This will easily last a decade or more and I bought plenty.  92 points.  Wonderful value just under $25.  Find this wine.

~ Not surprisingly, a vintage to stock up on ~


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