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Founded in 1961 by Dino Carletti, the Poliziano estate is a perfect example of how a relentless quest for perfection has achieved remarkable results. Starting with only 54 acres in the commune of Montepulciano, the estate has now grown to over 640 acres under the direction of Dino’s son, Federico Carletti. While Carletti’s children—Francesco and Maria Stella—who represent the next generation are diligently studying to assume roles in the business, Carletti avidly keeps an eye on the future of their winery. He is an agronomist, but he prefers to think of himself as a farmer because he is convinced that great wines originate in the vineyard. In addition to his superior knowledge of the vineyards, his enthusiasm for his land and creating a superior product are infectious. 

Carletti’s work at Poliziano estate has always been focused on achieving perfection with as little intervention as possible. While this sounds counterintuitive—it has worked. Over the years, he has eliminated less favorably positioned sites and replanted where the soil and climate were optimal. The selection of clones—many from the estate’s own original plant material—the planting layouts, rootstock choices, pruning methods and training systems are all meticulously chosen. Dense plantings, but only up to a maximum of 2,000 plants per acre, are harvested parcel by parcel in every vintage at Poliziano. This is to pay respect to the different terroirs that exist in Montepulciano. Today, Poliziano produces more than 83,000 cases from about 400 organically farmed acres in Montepulciano, nearby Cortona and coastal Tuscany's Maremma region. Most of it is Sangiovese. Solar panels power more than 20% of the winery. 

In the winery, the same attention to detail is in place, with multiple selections and the use of an optical sorter which allows for small-batch vinifications. However, for the top-end cuvees, Carletti prefers to rely on the human hand to sort. Wood regimes are chosen with an eye to preserving the fruit in the wine, not overpowering it. Multiple container sizes and varieties of oak complement each parcel that ages in the gravity-fed winery.

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WINERY LOCATION: Montepulciano, Tuscany
WINE REGIONS: Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG, Rosso di Montepulciano DOC, Cortona DOC, IGT Toscana
VINEYARD LAND: 341 acres (138 ha)
FARMING PRACTICES: Practicing Organic
GRAPE VARIETIES: Sangiovese (Prugnolo Gentile), Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot, and Sangiovese (Prugnolo Gentile); small amounts of Canaiolo Nero and Colorino
WINE STYLES: Dry red
TOTAL WINE PRODUCTION: 1,000,000 bottles (750,000 liters)
YEAR FOUNDED: 1961
OWNER(S): Federico Carletti
WINEMAKER(S): Federico Carletti

WINES

POLIZIANO ROSSO DI MONTEPULCIANO DOC

Rosso di Montepulciano is a simpler version of Vino Nobile, intended for earlier consumption, lighter foods, and everyday drinking. Poliziano has dedicated some of its vineyards specifically for the Rosso, working to produce grapes that are best suited for producing a young, fruity wine, full bodied but not overly tannic. It is made from 80% Prugnolo Gentile (Sangiovese) grapes, supported by Merlot. The Rosso is the foundation wine of the Poliziano lineup.

POLIZIANO VINO NOBILE DI MONTEPULCIANO DOCG

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is the principal wine of Poliziano. Revered by nobility through the centuries, Vino Nobile was often hailed as "the wine of kings." Today, Vino Noble is still considered to be special, thanks to the Prugnolo Gentile clone of Sangiovese that is grown in the Montepulciano area. Poliziano uses 85% Prugnolo Gentile in their blend, along with two traditional Tuscan varieties, Colorino and Canaiolo, and a bit of Merlot. The complementary varieties add color, depth, and complexity to the elegance of the Sangiovese.

POLIZIANO VINO NOBILE DI MONTEPULCIANO ASINONE DOCG

The Vino Nobile di Montepulciano from the Asinone vineyard is the flagship wine of Poliziano. After years of continual experimentation, this particular vineyard was identified as the one with the best quality potential. Asinone is well ventilated and has poor soil that gives the Sangiovese just the right vigor. Though Vino Nobile requires only 70% Sangiovese in the blend, this wine uses 95% to showcase the excellence of the Prugnolo Gentile (Sangiovese) from this vineyard.

POLIZIANO "LE CAGGIOLE" VINO NOBILE DI MONTEPULCIANO DOCG

n 1986 Poliziano purchased the Caggiole vineyard which is comprised of 14 hectares and divided into three parcels.  The ability of the vineyard to produce a very high-quality wine was apparent from the onset and in 1988 the first vintage of Nobile Caggiole was produced.  In 1995 the winery stopped production of Caggiole to focus on Vino Nobile di Montepulciano "Asinone". After many years of devoting their time and attention to the Caggiole vineyard by experimenting with new clones, increasing plant density with non-vigorous rootstock perfect for the soil, and moving in an organic direction and eliminating pesticides and chemical fertilizers from the soil, the winery decided to reintroduce Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG Il Caggiole with the 2015 vintage, a 100% Sangiovese of great elegance.  

POLIZIANO “IN VIOLAS” MERLOT CORTONA DOC

Looking for new areas to expand wine production in different directions, Poliziano became interested in Cortona, in the Val di Chiana about 15 miles (25 km) northeast of Montepulciano. The Cortona DOC, established in 1999, promotes various nontraditional grape varieties, and in 2006, Poliziano began a new enological project there. Seeing great potential for Merlot cultivated in the Pliocene clays of Cortona, the winery began producing In Violas, a 100% Merlot wine. “In Violas” is the name of an elegaic poem by Angelo Poliziano, a renowned Montepulciano-born Renaissance writer and scholar.

POLIZIANO “LE STANZE DEL POLIZIANO” TOSCANA IGT

Le Stanze del Poliziano is a very modern red wine, made from mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with a small addition of Merlot. It is the winery’s sole Super Tuscan, a high-quality wine made outside the rules of its denomination. Though grown in Montepulciano, Le Stanze steps away from the Vino Nobile and Chianti format with a wine intended for international tastes using classic Bordeaux grape varieties. The name Le Stanze del Poliziano refers to the poetry (stanzas) of Angelo Poliziano, a renowned Montepulciano-born Renaissance writer and scholar.

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Montepulciano, Tuscany

VINEYARD:
Montepulciano, Tuscany; Cortona, Tuscany

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DECEMBER 2020
Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Asinone DOCG 2017

The 2017 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Asinone is the newest edition of one of the classic and historic wines of the appellation. This hot-vintage expression shows soft, velvety and dark fruit with plenty of cherry and blackberry. Asinone was conceived as a modern and contemporary expression of Vino Nobile, and it remains that today. Like many of its peers, I found the tannins to be less integrated in 2017, and I would recommend a hearty meat pairing to counter some of that astringency.

92
OCTOBER 2020
Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG 2017

This is sleek and well-defined, offering black cherry, blackberry, tar, iron and tobacco flavors shaped by vivid acidity. The tannins are dense, yet overall this is balanced, lingering on the complex, spicy finish. Sangiovese, Colorino, Canaiolo and Merlot. Best from 2021 through 2036. 10,000 cases made, 2,500 cases imported.

94
AUGUST 2020
Poliziano “In Violas” Merlot Cortona DOC 2017

A wonderful merlot with ripe-fruit, chocolate and walnut aromas and flavors. Full body, deep and rich fruit, ripe tannins and a rich, chewy finish. Fun to taste now, but better in two or three years when the tannins soften and come together. Big jump in quality. Drink after 2022.

94
APRIL 2021
Poliziano "Le Caggiole" Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG 2016

Le Caggiole is fresh and lively, with chiseled tannins and lifted floral scents reflecting the vineyard's eastern exposition and sandy, marine-based soils. First produced as a single-vineyard wine in 1988, it was reintroduced in 2015 after 20-year hiatus. le Cagguike's subtle elegance provides a fascinating contrast to Poliziano's darker, more powerful Vino Nobile from the clay-laden soils of the Asinone vineyard.

92
APRIL 2021
Poliziano “In Violas” Merlot Cortona DOC 2017

The 2017 In Violas (Merlot) is soft, plummy and ready to go. Succulent dark cherry, leather, tobacco, spice and earthy tones meld together in this expressive Cortona Merlot. A host of earthy, ferrous notes add character on the finish.

93
MARCH 2020
Poliziano "Le Caggiole" Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG 2016

Made entirely with Sangiovese, this has aromas of mature black-skinned fruit, exotic spice, camphor and whiffs of French oak. Firmly structured but elegant, the linear palate delivers Marasca cherry, red plum, espresso and licorice framed in tightly knit, fine-grained tannins. Bright acidity keeps it fresh and balanced. Drink 2022–2028

91
DECEMBER 2020
Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG 2017

The 2017 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano offers ripe cherry and blackberry fruit with a long and fleshed out mouthfeel. Poliziano is a detailed-minded estate that is one of the founding fathers of modern Vino Nobile. This forward-looking producer has produced a versatile wine from a hot vintage to pair with pasta or easy meat dishes.

94
DECEMBER 2020
Poliziano “Le Stanze del Poliziano” Toscana IGT 2016

The 2016 Le Stanze del Poliziano is Cabernet Sauvignon with a small component of Merlot blended in for extra softness. This is a well-assembled wine that shows careful precision and focus, while keeping its full-bodied appeal and concentrated richness in check. The wine opens to dark blackberry and plum with some savory spice, cedar wood and toasted mahogany. Le Stanze is ripe, savory and ready for a romantic evening by the fire as the snowflakes fall beyond a foggy window pane.