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Il Palazzone Brunello di Montalcino 2012

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It’s early days to be judging our 2012. It was only bottled at the end of 2016 and illustrates perfectly the necessity of the obligatory four months of bottle aging for Brunello. The wine shows great complexity and structure. On the nose; mint, eucalyptus and a little waft of violets; dark fruits abound, backed by forest floor and wet stone. In the mouth there is tobacco, leather and a a touch of chocolate just discernable on the long and satisfying finish. The juicy acidity and firm tannins are perfectly balanced. This is a wine of promise that will benefit enormously from time in the cellar. It has all the austerity and resolute character of traditional Brunello.

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Il Palazzone:
Il Palazzone is extremely small, making under 1.000 cases of Brunello di Montalcino DOCG with the utmost focus on quality. The vineyards are located in three different subzones of Montalcino, thereby bringing to each bottle different aspects of Montalcino's renowned terroir. Agricoltura responsabile and precision viticulture in the vineyards mean low yields, healthy fruit and fa... Read more
Il Palazzone is extremely small, making under 1.000 cases of Brunello di Montalcino DOCG with the utmost focus on quality. The vineyards are located in three different subzones of Montalcino, thereby bringing to each bottle different aspects of Montalcino's renowned terroir. Agricoltura responsabile and precision viticulture in the vineyards mean low yields, healthy fruit and farming without the use of chemical pesticides.  Grapes are hand picked at harvest and the estate has been fermenting in wood since the 2011 vintage. All Brunellos spend over 40 months aging in large Slavonian oak barrels, and the wines are marked by distinct balance, elegance and austerity.    Read less

Editorial Reviews for Il Palazzone Brunello di Montalcino

Snooth User: Snooth Editorial
83464773,161
4.50 5
02/26/2018

Gorgeous cherry and red currant aromas are lightly floral with sweet spice and even a bit of mineral gun flint hiding under the bright fruit. Juicy and expressive on the palate with red fruit notes of red currant, raspberry and cherry, nicely balanced against moist earthy spice and well integrated tannins. On the fruitier side but mellow, pleasant and approachable with a lot to offer. 91 pts


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Snooth User: Bob Fyke
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0.00 5
Vintage: 2004 01/08/2015

Opened about one hour beforehand. The first impression I got with this beautiful wine was the great depth of character on the nose. There is a solid focus of dusty black cherry, dried herbs, anise, sweet leather, and more. The level of complexity in the nose makes labeling some aspects difficult. The palate is savory, with grilled meat and fragrant herb notes, along with solid black cherry and some aromatics on the fruit. The acidity is nicely mouthwatering and balances well with the fine, clean tannins. The finish is long and lovely with dried black cherry and underbrush. This wine strikes a great balance between finesse and rusticity and showed no signs of fading after three hours open. A very well built, classic Brunello. 94 Pts.


External Reviews for Il Palazzone Brunello di Montalcino

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2008 01/24/2019

Il Palazzone’s 2008 Brunello di Montalcino is impeccable. Balance and harmony are at the core of what makes the 2008 so appealing. Soft, generous and inviting, the 2008 emerges from the glass with sweet tobacco, dried cherries, crushed flowers and spices. I don’t see the 2008 making old bones, but it is one of the most delicious, up-front wines of the year. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018. - Robert Parker 90 Points A core of sweet cherry highlights this red, whose rich texture is wedded to dense tannins. Spice and tobacco notes add interest, although this leans toward the alcohol in the balance. Burly finish. Best from 2016 through 2026. 362 cases made. –BS - Wine Spectator Magazine 89 Points Il Palazzone is a beautiful estate with a bright future ahead. Its 2008 Brunello is marked by lush fruit tones of cherry and blackberry followed by dried ginger, chopped mint, spice and pressed rose petal. In the mouth, it shows that telltale acidity of Sangiovese Grosso. - M.L. - Wine Enthusiast Magazine 89 Points ** Only 1 in Stock **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2008 04/28/2016

Il Palazzone’s 2008 Brunello di Montalcino is impeccable. Balance and harmony are at the core of what makes the 2008 so appealing. Soft, generous and inviting, the 2008 emerges from the glass with sweet tobacco, dried cherries, crushed flowers and spices. I don’t see the 2008 making old bones, but it is one of the most delicious, up-front wines of the year. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018. - Robert Parker 90 Points A core of sweet cherry highlights this red, whose rich texture is wedded to dense tannins. Spice and tobacco notes add interest, although this leans toward the alcohol in the balance. Burly finish. Best from 2016 through 2026. 362 cases made. –BS - Wine Spectator Magazine 89 Points Il Palazzone is a beautiful estate with a bright future ahead. Its 2008 Brunello is marked by lush fruit tones of cherry and blackberry followed by dried ginger, chopped mint, spice and pressed rose petal. In the mouth, it shows that telltale acidity of Sangiovese Grosso. - M.L. - Wine Enthusiast Magazine 89 Points ** Only 2 in Stock **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2008 06/05/2014

Il Palazzone's 2008 Brunello di Montalcino is impeccable. Balance and harmony are at the core of what makes the 2008 so appealing. Soft, generous and inviting, the 2008 emerges from the glass with sweet tobacco, dried cherries, crushed flowers and spices. I don't see the 2008 making old bones, but it is one of the most delicious, up-front wines of the year. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018. A core of sweet cherry highlights this red, whose rich texture is wedded to dense tannins. Spice and tobacco notes add interest, although this leans toward the alcohol in the balance. Burly finish. Best from 2016 through 2026. 362 cases made. -BS Il Palazzone is a beautiful estate with a bright future ahead. Its 2008 Brunello is marked by lush fruit tones of cherry and blackberry followed by dried ginger, chopped mint, spice and pressed rose petal. In the mouth, it shows that telltale acidity of Sangiovese Grosso. - M.L.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2008 11/04/2014

Il Palazzones 2008 Brunello di Montalcino is impeccable. Balance and harmony are at the core of what makes the 2008 so appealing. Soft, generous and inviting, the 2008 emerges from the glass with sweet tobacco, dried cherries, crushed flowers and spices. I dont see the 2008 making old bones, but it is one of the most delicious, up-front wines of the year. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018. - Robert Parker 90 PointsA core of sweet cherry highlights this red, whose rich texture is wedded to dense tannins. Spice and tobacco notes add interest, although this leans toward the alcohol in the balance. Burly finish. Best from 2016 through 2026. 362 cases made. BS - Wine Spectator Magazine 89 PointsIl Palazzone is a beautiful estate with a bright future ahead. Its 2008 Brunello is marked by lush fruit tones of cherry and blackberry followed by dried ginger, chopped mint, spice and pressed rose petal. In the mouth, it shows that telltale acidity of Sangiovese Grosso. - M.L. - Wine Enthusiast Magazine 89 Points


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2007 03/06/2018

Tasting 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, 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. GRAPES: Il Palazzone Brunello di Montalcino DOCG is produced with 100% Sangiovese Grosso grapes from our own property in Montalcino. VINEYARDS: The estate has three separate vineyards in quite different areas of Montalcino. GROWTH SYSTEM: Balanced single spur cordon YIELD PER HECTARE: Generally less than 5.000 kg. grapes, much lower than the maximum yield permitted for DOCG production. HARVEST: Usually the first week of October. The grapes are picked by hand using small crates. VINIFICATION: Long maceration in contact with the marcs with frequent pumpovers. Maximum temperature 28 – 30° C AGING: Traditional aging times are respected. Il Palazzone Brunello often spends nearly four years in wood. Current DOCG regulations specify a minimum of only two years. We use large Slavonian oak barrels. - Winery ** Only 5 in Stock **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2007 04/28/2016

Tasting 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, 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. GRAPES: Il Palazzone Brunello di Montalcino DOCG is produced with 100% Sangiovese Grosso grapes from our own property in Montalcino. VINEYARDS: The estate has three separate vineyards in quite different areas of Montalcino. GROWTH SYSTEM: Balanced single spur cordon YIELD PER HECTARE: Generally less than 5.000 kg. grapes, much lower than the maximum yield permitted for DOCG production. HARVEST: Usually the first week of October. The grapes are picked by hand using small crates. VINIFICATION: Long maceration in contact with the marcs with frequent pumpovers. Maximum temperature 28 – 30° C AGING: Traditional aging times are respected. Il Palazzone Brunello often spends nearly four years in wood. Current DOCG regulations specify a minimum of only two years. We use large Slavonian oak barrels. - Winery ** Only 8 in Stock **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2007 04/22/2015

Tasting 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, 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. GRAPES: Il Palazzone Brunello di Montalcino DOCG is produced with 100% Sangiovese Grosso grapes from our own property in Montalcino. VINEYARDS: The estate has three separate vineyards in quite different areas of Montalcino. GROWTH SYSTEM: Balanced single spur cordon YIELD PER HECTARE: Generally less than 5.000 kg. grapes, much lower than the maximum yield permitted for DOCG production. HARVEST: Usually the first week of October. The grapes are picked by hand using small crates. VINIFICATION: Long maceration in contact with the marcs with frequent pumpovers. Maximum temperature 28 – 30° C AGING: Traditional aging times are respected. Il Palazzone Brunello often spends nearly four years in wood. Current DOCG regulations specify a minimum of only two years. We use large Slavonian oak barrels. - Winery


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It’s early days to be judging our 2012. It was only bottled at the end of 2016 and illustrates perfectly the necessity of the obligatory four months of bottle aging for Brunello. The wine shows great complexity and structure. On the nose; mint, eucalyptus and a little waft of violets; dark fruits abound, backed by forest floor and wet stone. In the mouth there is tobacco, leather and a a touch of chocolate just discernable on the long and satisfying finish. The juicy acidity and firm tannins are perfectly balanced. This is a wine of promise that will benefit enormously from time in the cellar. It has all the austerity and resolute character of traditional Brunello.

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Alcohol: 14%

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