In 1961, Dino Carletti bought 22 hectares of land in the commune of Montepulciano, Tuscany with the desire to reconnect with his cultural heritage by cultivating the vine. Dino planted vineyards in the region and established Poliziano, named as an homage to humanist poet Angelo Ambrogini (1454-1494), known as "Il Poliziano", who was born in Montepulciano. Dino’s son, Federico, who’d grown up tending the vines, pursued an agriculture degree in Florence in 1978 with the intent of carrying on the family tradition. In 1980 he entered the Poliziano estate with great enthusiasm and the desire to establish a new outlook in production for his estate. Fast forward to today and Federico has, not only continued to carry the torch as one of the most prestigious producers of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, but has grown the estate from 22 to 120 hectares, expanding into the region of Maremma, and also adding a Cortona DOC wine to the portfolio. An agronomist by definition, Federico prefers to think of himself as a farmer because he is convinced that great wines originate in the vineyard.
"Frederico Carletti of Poliziano is a magician with Sangiovese in his region. His wines are rich, powerful, yet balanced and elegant." — James Suckling, Wine Spectator, November 30th, 1999
|APPELLATION(S)||IGP Toscana, Morellino di Scansano DOCG, Rosso di Montepulciano DOC, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG|
|WINEMAKER||Federico Carletti & Fabio Marchi|
|ANNUAL PRODUCTION||60,000 cs|
(SUSTAINABLE, ORGANIC, BIODYNAMIC)
The vineyards surrounding the Il Poliziano winery are southeastern-facing, planted primarily to Prugnolo Gentile (Sangiovese). The various soil compositions divide the property with the names Caggiole, Valiano, Lama, Casale, Pozzi and Asinone. Asinone is the crown jewel vineyard of the Tre Bicchieri award-winning Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG “Asinone.”
The 27 hectares of vineyards at Lohsa are dedicated to the production of Morellino di Scansano DOC (primarily Sangiovese with some Ciliegiolo, Malvasia Nera and Canaiolo) as well as the “Mandrone di Lohsa” Maremma IGT (Cabernet Sauvignon, Alicante, Petit Verdot and Carignano).
Carletti's work at Poliziano estate starts in the vineyards, eliminating the less favorably positioned sites and replanting where conditions of soil and climate are optimal. Selected clones, planting layouts, rootstocks, pruning methods and training systems are chosen with the sole object of producing grapes of premium quality. This is the starting-point for the wines: they are made only from estate-grown grapes, respecting the characteristics of their vintage and the zone they come from.
The main winery, known as Il Poliziano sits in the center of Montepulciano. At Il Poliziano, solar panels power more than 40% of the cellar. Except for the Morellino di Scansano, all Poliziano wines are produced at Il Poliziano. The Morellino di Scansano DOC is produced at the Lohsa Estate, which sits atop a hill with a striking view of the Island of Giglio and the Gulf of Argentario in Maremma.
The greatest care is taken in production and the grapes are rigorously selected at various stages - during ripening, when they are harvested and when they arrive in the cellar. Fermentation and maturation are carried out with the maximum attention: the extraction of the polyphenolic substances from their skins takes place in the new cellar in as gently as possible and the choice of wood is carefully made.
Inaugurated in 2005, the cellar represents a further phase in the structural renovation of the winery. It is a barrel cellar with a total capacity of about 4,000, which includes both barriques and tonneaux. It was designed to precise standards in terms of the materials and the systems and equipment, in order to provide the best possible conditions for the wine in a high-quality, refined environment.