Poliziano Vino Nobile

Rating: 91
Price: $20
Wine: 2001 Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

First of all, if you ever have the opportunity to visit Montepulciano, GO!

It's a small town in southeast Tuscany, close to the Umbria region. It's situated on the top of a tall hill dividing two gorgeous valleys, and you can walk from the east side to the west in about 5 minutes. The sunsets in fall are amazing, and this is certainly off the path of tourist traps something which can no longer be said for some of the wonderful Chianti Classico wine areas closer to Florence, like Greve.

Montepulciano is best known for Vino Nobile and the DOCG name is sometimes confused with the more expensive Brunello di Montalcino.

Drinkable now, but the somewhat heavy tannin will smooth out within a couple years. Smells of blackberry, licorice, and sage. The mouth is austere early, with notes of raisin and plum, and a long chewy finish.

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