San Polino's Brunello di Montalcino
San Polino's Brunello di Montalcino Helichrysum 2016 is one of the classiest, most beautiful wines from Brunello's great 2016 vintage - drinkable now, drinkable 15 years from now. This wine reflects its terroir, with rocky minerality, salinity from the ancient sea bed, light quartz crystals and feldspar from the once-upon-a-time Monte Amiata volcano, spicy aromas of balsamic, native herbs and the vitality of its organic compounds. 98 points James Suckling "Wow. This is really complex on the nose with black cherries, mushrooms, dried flowers and cedar. Some crushed stone and dry earth or tile. This is full-bodied and very layered with wonderful depth of fruit and creamy tannins. It’s focused and serene. Better than 2015. From organically grown grapes. Try in 2024 and onwards." 97 points Decanter "Helichrysum comes from the southeast, in the area of Podernovi where high altitudes counter the warmth. The vines are pruned closely to give low-yields of grapes with thick skins and less juice. More powerfully structured than the estate Brunello, this is mouthfilling and expansive. Baked asphalt and iron lend intrigue to youthfully exuberant plum and wild strawberry. The tannins seem to grab at every part of the mouth with a sandy, grainy texture, and the persistent finish features clove and allspice. Tons of energy here."