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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

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Montepulciano, Tuscany; Cortona, Tuscany

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DECEMBER 2020
Poliziano “In Violas” Merlot Cortona DOC 2016

he Poliziano 2016 Cortona Merlot in Violas pours from the bottle with a dark and thickly concentrated appearance. The wine opens to rich fruit, plum, blackberry, rosemary essence and a touch of dried mint. The tannins show some fine texture or graininess on the close, but the richness of the mouthfeel washes smoothly over any rough edges. This wine has the depth and width to pair with a succulent steak in cream and pepper sauce.

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.

95
JULY 2021
Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Asinone DOCG 2018

Dark-cherry aromas with nutmeg and flowers follow through to a full body with firm, linear tannins that are polished and beautiful at the end. Succulent and attractive now, but will age nicely. Drink or hold.

91
DECEMBER 2021
Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG 2012

The 2012 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano shows sweet minerals, smoky crushed stone, dusty red currants and a hint of green stems. This is soft (“succulent” comes to mind), blending ripe red fruits with sweet herbs and minerals, all brightened by lively acidity. While still lightly structured, the 2012 tapers off juicy, giving and persistent, resonating on hard red candies and hints of licorice. It’s a very pretty Vino Nobile in its early maturity.

91
DECEMBER 2021
Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG 2004

The 2004 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is still a deep vibrant red color with slight browning around the rim. Here I’m finding a mature yet lively mix of ripe plums, tobacco and hints of mocha. The textures are fleshy, energized by nervous acidity, giving way to sour citrus-tinged red berries, with an earthy mineral sensation that collects toward the close, which is one of the only tells of the wine's age. Exotic brown spices, clove and a coating of residual tannins linger through the medium-length finale, which reminds me quite a bit of a spiced herbal tea. This is so pretty and wonderfully mature.

93
JUNE 2021
Poliziano "Le Caggiole" Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG 2016

Saturated with black cherry, black currant, wild herb, tar and iron flavors, this red is also vibrant and solidly built. 
So dense and youthful, it resonates on the long finish, showing excellent potential. Best from 2024 through 2042.

91
APRIL 2021
Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG 2017

This wine's flavors of rich cherry and plum are supported by ripe, round tannins, giving it a polished profile. Smooth and spicy, it's a bold young wine that can stand up to hearty winter fare.

92
MARCH 2021
Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Asinone DOCG 2018

Made with 95% Sangiovese and 5% Canaiolo and Colorino, this has aromas of ripe black-skinned fruit, camphor and French oak. Full-bodied and concentrated, the palate offers steeped prune, cherry marinated in spirits and licorice framed in fine-grained tannins. Drink through 2026.