Red Blend, 2018. Rubio

Red Blend, 2018. Rubio

Item #: U0121R2II
Vintage: 2018
Varietal: Red Blend
Vineyard/Appellation: Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
Color: Medium Crimson
Nose: Cherry, Violets
Palate: Lush, Plum
Finish: Impressive
Rating: 98
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now thru 2026/Red Meat, Fowl, Game/14% Alcohol by Volume

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The San Polo estate was developed by a large, international company specializing in organic interests. For Italy, it would be considered an infant, as it was founded in 2007. But, when it was founded is not as important as where it was founded, which is none other than Montalcino in Tuscany.

Montalcino is one of the most revered wine areas in the world known for its most outstanding gift, Brunello, a massive wine needing at least a decade to emerge from its infancy. Legally, it can't even be released until it is almost five years old. So, every estate in Tuscany produces lighter, more approachable wines that are still substantial, but not the blockbuster of Brunello.

Just because it is lighter and more approachable than Brunello, doesn't mean it's a light wine. Rubio consists of 85% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. It shows off that mix with the spice, and the engaging penetration of the Sangiovese grape offers its bright fruit and tannic structure. And it is just tempered enough by the floral and lush flavors delivered by the Merlot and Cabernet Franc.

San Polo harvests the grapes over several days to pick only the ripest clusters off the vine. They are then taken to the winery where they are sorted so that only the perfect ones go into the blend. This is how they produce such an incredible offering with cherry and floral notes supported by tannins and aromatics to highlight a chicken piccata, veal saltimbocca or seared ahi.