Yesterday my friend Hayley brought David from Poliziano to taste a few wines with me at BiBO. The winery is named after the scholar and poet of the Florentine Renaissance Angelo Ambrogini. His nickname “Poliziano” comes from the latin name of his birthplace Montepulciano (Mons Politianus). This seems apt as the wines we tasted celebrated a true sense of place, in terms of location, denomination and also history. We tasted:

Chianti Poliziano 2012

Perhaps the most traditional wine in the portfolio, it is a blend of predominantly Sangiovese, with Canaiolo Nero and Mammolo. Only indigenous yeasts are used in fermentation. The wine is a light, mid ruby colour with a nose of fresh crushed cherry. There are bitter cherry notes of pin cherry jam and jasmine. The splashy opening continues the theme of pin cherry and bitter almond. It’s dry and chewy, a really easy drinking Chianti. Perfect for pasta with tomato sauce. Very fresh and pretty. 100% organic in the vineyards. This is a fresh take on Chianti which, paradoxically, uses very traditional methods to get there. +634501 $$ Perfect wine for an autumn day.

Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2011

David was explaining to me, as I tasted this wine, that the policy of the winery is first to express terroir, then the denomination and finally, organic farming. Made since 1960, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is the most important wine for Poliziano. It’s a glowing mid ruby colour. The first DOCG awarded in Italy in 1980, this Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is made with the Prugnolo Gentile clone of Sangiovese. It shares a fresh, vinous nose with red currant, pomegranate and plum. Elegant fresh attack with wide open tannins and a long, long finish, mouth-watering fruit against a backdrop of chewy, delicious tannin. It leaves you wanting more with each taste. It’s making me hungry! Earthy, fruity and fine. +586784 $$

Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano ‘Asinone’ 2010

This wine comes from a single vineyard, Poliziano’s oldest vineyard with vines aging from 60 -70 years old. Again, they only use the Prugnolo Gentile clone of Sangiovese and due to the age of the vines, their production is very low. It’s a deep, glistening ruby hue. Dark earthy, floral and fruity nose, it’s immediately complex. I get aromas of black prune plums, snapdragon and cigars. Notes of french oak play in the background. Very complex and elegant nose. mouth-watering, chewy, tannic, acidic attack. Everything in balance. The wine is so open, it envelops the palate. This is one of the first single vineyard wines in Tuscany. It’s a beautiful, compelling wine. Magical. It makes the imagination go wild. I should be at a banquet of roasted meats… +626705 $$$

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