Il Palazzone Brunello di Montalcino 2013
WA92: 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.
WS93: Harmony and texture are the calling cards here, setting up the cherry, berry, leather and almond flavors. The tannins are well-integrated and this finishes with tobacco, tea and iron notes. More elegant than muscular. Best from 2021 through 2033. 837 cases made, 400 cases imported.