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Date Printed: 10/20/2014
Il Palazzone Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2004
Il Palazzone Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2004
(search item no. 121306)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $95.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Il Palazzone Brunello is intense ruby red with deep garnet hues. The bouquet is intense and ethereal with aromas ranging from dark fruit and berries to chocolate, coffee, leather, licorice and balsamic notes. The wines are silky and elegant, potent yet balanced and characterized by sweet tannins. Il Palazzone Brunellos are beautifully balanced with all the promise of their bouquet fulfilled in the mouth and finish.
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About Il Palazzone:

Il Palazzone, or "The Big Palace" is a small estate that has been producing wine for over ten years. While the estate is roughly 20 acres, the land authorized for the production of Brunello di Montalcino is a mere 10 acres. Obviously, a property of these dimensions creates a tightly controlled environment which is determined by its owner. A New Yorker and a wine lover, not necessarily in that order, the proud owner takes an enormous interest in the vineyard despite the time constrains imposed by his day job as a business man. No care is spared in the entire vinification process, which end result is approximately 20,000 bottles each year.

Located on the western side of Montalcino, the estate is quite high in terms of altitude - roughly 480 meters above sea level. This altitude ensures excellent ventilation which is salutary for grapes, as it reduces mold production to a bare minimum. The constant action of the wind combined with the characteristics of the soil on the western side of Montalcino reinforce the character of the elegant wines produced by the estate. The vines themselves are over twenty years old and have therefore grown long root systems making them more resilient during periods of draught. These deep roots are able to reach minerals and components that and not present in the top soils and enrich the taste and aromas of the wines.