Palazzo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2012 (B)
The Palazzo 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva shows an inky dark appearance with rich black fruit tones of plum, prune and dried blackberry. This is a warm-vintage Riserva that offers muscle power and brawn across the board, and that opulence transfers to the palate where the wine shows density and texture. - WA90
This Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is produced only in the best years.
It comes only from our Sangiovese Grosso vineyards and has the same vinification and aging as Brunello, with an extra 12 months of aging in French tonneaux (500 liter oak casks).
The wine is full bodied and well structured with a rich red ruby color. The taste is intense and elegant with a hint of spices and a final seducing tannic. A truly exceptional wine reserved for the most special of occasions.- Winemaker's Notes
Cosimo Loia's estate is situated on the eastern slopes of the hills outside Montalcino. The entire property covers an area of approximately 15 hectares (37 acres) at an altitude of 310 meters (about 1,000 feet). Originally from Benevento (in Campania), Cosimo came to "Brunello land" when he married a woman from Montalcino. He fell in love with this part of Tuscany as well, and during the 1980s began to dedicate himself to wine. Palazzo's vineyards encompass 5 hectares (12 acres) and are located next to fine producers like Cerbaiona and Salvioni. There have been major structural changes in the estate over the past few years: the arrival of consulting enologist Fabrizio Ciufoli has raised the quality level, and the production has also benefited from investment that included replacing most of the traditional casks with large Slavonian oak barrels, with a few barriques added for balance. This formula has given new life to the estate, which is now managed by Cosimo's daughter Elia.