About this WINE
Azienda Agricola Poliziano
Azienda Agricola Poliziano is a modern wine estate located a couple of miles north-east of Montelpulciano near the small village of Gracciano. It was established in 1961 by Frederico Carletti when there were only 25 hectares of vineyards; today there are over 90.
Under the auspices of winemaking consultant guru, Carlo Ferrini, this Estate reaches new heights with every vintage, with its Vino Nobile di Montelpulciano and its two Super-Tuscans, Elegia and Le Stanze.
The Rossso di Montepulciano, with its intense ruby red colour and fruit-packed palate is a notable bargain, and is far better than many growers` pricier Vino Nobiles.
The Piedmontese DOCG zone of Barbaresco is responsible for producing some of Italy’s finest wines. It occupies the same region and uses the same grape (Nebbiolo) as its bigger brother Barolo, but is a third of the size (only 640 hectares versus Barolo’s 1,700 hectares). It is also 50 years younger than Barolo, having produced wine labelled Barbaresco since 1890.
Barbaresco earned its DOCG after Barolo in 1980, largely thanks to the efforts of Angelo Gaja. The soils are lighter here than in Barolo – both in colour and weight – and more calcareous. The slopes are also less favourably situated and (relatively speaking) yield earlier-maturing yet extremely elegant wines that require less oak ageing (normally one year in oak plus six months in bottle). The appellation’s key districts are Barbaresco, Treiso, Neive and Alba.
Recommended producers: Cigliuti, Gaja, Marchesi di Gresy
It is a high yielding, late ripening grape that performs best on well-drained calcareous soils on south-facing hillsides. For years it was blighted by poor clonal selection and massive overcropping - however since the 1980s the quality of Sangiovese-based wines has rocketed upwards and they are now some of the most sought after in the world.
It produces wines with pronounced tannins and acidity, though not always with great depth of colour, and its character can vary from farmyard/leather nuances through to essence of red cherries and plums. In the 1960s the advent of Super Tuscans saw bottlings of 100% Sangiovese wines, as well as the introduction of Sangiovese/Cabernet Sauvignon blends, the most famous being Tignanello.