Il Palazzone Brunello di Montalcino 2013  Front Label
Il Palazzone Brunello di Montalcino 2013  Front Label

Il Palazzone Brunello di Montalcino 2013

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750ML / 13.5% ABV
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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, liquorice and balsamic notes. The wines are silky and elegant, potent yet balanced and characterised 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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I hadn't tasted new releases from Il Palazzone since the 2010 vintage, so this is indeed a happy return. The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino sees fruit blended from three distinct subzones of the appellation, and it is fermented in oak. Starting at the beginning of 2017, Il Palazzone started working with consulting enologist Maurizio Castelli, and we should start seeing his imprint on the wines in a few years' time. This Brunello represents the second vintage made in the estate's spanking new winery. It opens to a dark ruby color and lightweight appearance. The bouquet is bright and complete with red fruit tones, cassis and dried cherry, with light spice, tar and grilled herb peeking in furtively at the back. Il Palazzone did not make a Riserva in 2013. The estate made one in 2010 and the next Riserva was produced in 2015. That means that the best fruit in the 2013 vintage has been directed to this wine, and it shows. No Brunello will be produced in 2014.
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Il Palazzone, Italy
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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.

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Famous for its bold, layered and long-lived red, Brunello di Montalcino, the town of Montalcino is about 70 miles south of Florence, and has a warmer and drier climate than that of its neighbor, Chianti. The Sangiovese grape is king here, as it is in Chianti, but Montalcino has its own clone called Brunello.

The Brunello vineyards of Montalcino blanket the rolling hills surrounding the village and fan out at various elevations, creating the potential for Brunello wines expressing different styles. From the valleys, where deeper deposits of clay are found, come wines typically bolder, more concentrated and rich in opulent black fruit. The hillside vineyards produce wines more concentrated in red fruits and floral aromas; these sites reach up to over 1,600 feet and have shallow soils of rocks and shale.

Brunello di Montalcino by law must be aged a minimum of four years, including two years in barrel before realease and once released, typically needs more time in bottle for its drinking potential to be fully reached. The good news is that Montalcino makes a “baby brother” version. The wines called Rosso di Montalcino are often made from younger vines, aged for about a year before release, offer extraordinary values and are ready to drink young.

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