2016 Podernuovo a Palazzone 'Argirio' Cabernet Franc

  • 94 Point Tuscan Cabernet Franc
  • Owned by the Bulgari Family
  • Modern winery from 2009
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About the Wine 

The quest for excellence and love for nature has always been a passion of the Bulgari family and has brought about intense research and development of the different potentialities of the local terroirs, which have generously given back three different qualities of harmonious red wines. Giovanni Bulgari, chief executive of Podernuovo and the creative soul of this venture, is naturally drawn to all environmental issues and considers respecting nature an essential element while creating his wine. Finding balance and harmony by reducing carbon dioxide while processing the grapes is the company’s objective.

"I wanted to create elegant wines respecting the diversity of their character: the common denominator among them is elegance, harmony, and in respect of their soil. The vines and their soil have specific needs, which must be interpreted and respected in order to obtain the best wines." ~Giovanni Bulgari

The new, modern wine cellar in Tuscany is in the Chianti DOC, but Bulgari opted to use the IGT designation (just as Antinori did with Tignanello). Bulgari also owns a property in Umbria near Lago di Corbara, where he is producing Chardonnay and Grechetto white wine. However, since that wine is produced at the winery in Tuscany, it's labeled as a vino da Tavola.

The main vines that are grown at Podernuovo a Palazzone are Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Montepulciano, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot. 

Argirio is a Cabernet Franc whose name comes from “argilla” which translates into “clay soil”.

Aging: 225 liter barriques for 10 months, in cement vats for 6 months 

Tasting Notes: 100% Cabernet Franc. Fine and elegant, intense ruby red color with purple highlights. On the nose can be perceived intense aromas of plum jam and cherry with delicate hints of black pepper, licorice, and cocoa. The palate is powerful and rich with elegant tannin and soft balsamic and mineral notes.


A red with blueberry and raspberry character, as well as black olive. Full body. Medium-chewy tannins. Flavorful finish. Shows polish and seriousness, as always. Try after 2020. ~94 James Suckling

Powerful and solid in the glass it dispenses complexity and guarantee in the fruity mixed notes of black plums, wild blackberries, ginseng root, and sweet caramel. In the background tones of camphor and strawberries and black cherries dominate the secondary scene, enriching the matrix. Full body perfectly polymerized fine-grained tannins, and a structured and dense finish in the sip. Impossible to resist it. Drink now or get old. ~94 WinesCritic.com

Dark, rich ruby ​​red. Emphasized earthy nose, clearly of beetroot, then ripe cherries and plump plums, some leather in the aftertaste. Polished and dense on the palate, with a juicy core, compact, tight-meshed tannin rounds off the finale. ~92 Falstaff.

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