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A picturesque farm, located on the southeastern slope of Montalcino, covers 12 hectares (30 acres) at an altitude of 320 meters (1050 ft) above sea level. The soils of Eocene origin and stony and arid and particularly suitable for growing Sangiovese.
Palazzo is considered a boutique winery producing approx. 25,000 bottles annually. Keeping things small allows Palazzo to continue under the strict management of the family and ensure that the wines retains the highest quality. Over the past years, the winery has experienced some major structural changes: the 17th Century farm house was completely renovated to suit modern farming needs and the arrival of consulting enologist Fabrizio Ciufoli who has raised the level of quality. Production has also benefited from using mostly traditional large Slavonian oak casks. This formula has infused new life to the estate, which is now managed by Cosimo’s children Elia and Angelo.
Tasting notes: 100% Sangiovese Grosso. Scented, high-toned aromas of red berries, sweet spices and flowers, with a note of candied red cherry emerging with air. Fine-grained and floral, offering excellent energy and lift in the mouth, and attractive inner-mouth perfume to its red berry flavors. Finishes clean and persistent, with smooth tannins.
The 2012 Palazzo is an outstanding showing in this vintage, as it displays its lovely old-world charm. This nuanced Brunello delivers aromatics of cherries and plums, which are woven together with walnut, spices, leather, underbrush and hints of eucalyptus. Medium to full-bodied and beautifully structured with fine, velvety tannins that glide effortlessly across your palate. However this may be most impressive for its remarkable overall balance and finesse as it heads into the silky, long finish. While this is already quite appealing at this early stage, as it constantly evolves with each minute in the glass, I also expect it to show well with a few more years of bottle age. (Best 2019-2029) ~95IWR
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