A Brunello that certainly deserves time in cellar, but that is going to be so utterly delicious when it first arrives that you’ll struggle to leave it resting! Il Palazzone is blessed with three fine Brunello vineyards. Two are in the warmer, southern, part of the zone and face south. They yield ripe, luscious, fruit that gives the Brunello body, depth and heft. The third vineyard, called Due Porte, is in the northern part of the zone, at 500 meters elevation, and faces northwest. The elevation and aspect let the grapes ripen more slowly and retain more freshness and acidity, making them a perfect balance to the richer, lower-altitude, fruit.
Aged 3+ years in large Slavonian oak casks to smooth out tannins, this is just stupid delicious. The ripe black cherry and red raspberry fruit with accents of blood orange, leather and spice floods your palate with flavour. The texture is smooth and velvety and bold, but the fresh acids and fine tannins leave your mouth fresh and watering and ready for the next sip. Truly delicious stuff.
You have to love how fine and yet how assertive and yet how integrated the tannin is here. Forza Azzurri. Flavour-wise we’re looking at an elegant, juicy flow of leather, dry cherry, nuts and faint liquorice, with floral/garden scents adding a prettiness to the nose, if not more. It’s just a delightful wine, dry, serious and delicious at once, the wine equivalent of a serious conversation that comes sprinkled with humour.
Aromas of rose, camphor and wild berry mingle with whiffs of leather and Mediterranean herb on this lovely Brunello. The racy, high-toned palate delivers tart cranberry, red raspberry and crushed mint while a graphite note lends depth. Polished tannins and bright acidity keep it focused and balanced. It's already showing beautifully but also offers years of fine drinking. Enjoy 2023–2031.