Brunello Declassified

Acquiring a taste for Brunello di Montalcino can be a bittersweet endeavor. Once you’ve experienced a perfectly balanced, meticulously aged wine made from Sangiovese Grosso it’s not easy to go back to the more modest interpretations of Sangiovese you’d taste in Chianti and Chianti Classico. That would be perfectly expectable if Brunello was anything close to an affordable everyday wine.

That’s why Il Palazzone’s Rosso is so exciting. Simply put, this red wine is made using barrels from the estate’s Brunello vineyards that didn’t meet the high criteria needed to earn a one-way trip into their Brunello di Montalcino. With the goal of producing a luxuriously smooth drink now style wine; the winery blends multiple vintages (this latest bottle has wine from 2009 and 2011) to yield the best of both worlds in every glass.

The older vintage brings the complexities of spice, leather and tar notes from prolonged barrel aging while the younger wine brings freshness and purity of Sangiovese’s primary fruit flavors of dried cherry and plum. Fine-grained tannins compliment its balanced mouth-feel and provide the structure that drinks well above its price point of $26. This is by far the best non-vintage specific wine we’ve ever tasted and it is a steal for the money. It deserves slow braised meats, mushroom risotto or just your favorite piece of stemware.

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