Rosso di Montepulciano achieved the DOC classification in 1989. It can be produced by simply downgrading grapes that are classified as Vino Nobile. In Poliziano's Winery, however, it is decided not to compromise. They selected a number of vineyards with particular characteristics in order to obtain a wine that is young, fruity, full-bodied but not hard; a selection that allows them to classify the Rosso di Montepulciano as the "Second Wine" of the Poliziano Winery. The blend is predominately Sangiovese with the remainder being Merlot. The vines grow upon soils which are beds of clay and silt with some embedded fossils and the age ranges between 3-53 years old. The wine undergoes malolactic fermentation in cement tanks. The wine is then aged 50% in 3,500- to 6,000-liter French oak casks; 50% in 185,000- to 290,000-liter cement tanks for 10 months, then for another 2-4 months in bottle before release.
Aromatically the wine is perfumed with crushed purple flowers, dark-skinned berries, and smoky spices. On the palate, the wine has even more flavors of juicy black fruits, as well as smooth tannins, star anise, and a stony minerality.
|VARIETAL COMPOSITION||Sangiovese, Merlot|
|APPELLATION||Rosso di Montepulciano|