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Fine wines produced by exceptional estates, many of them family-owned.



Brunello di Montalcino

Tuscany :: Italy


The Palazzo estate, on the eastern slope of Montalcino, was purchased by the Loia/Palazzo family in 1983.  At an altitude of 320 metres above sea level, it covers an area of about 15 hectares, of which 4 hectares are devoted to vineyards and 3 hectares to olive trees.  The vineyards have splendid exposure.  The entire production, including farming, harvesting, vinification, ageing and marketing is managed by the Loia family.  The consulting oenologist is Fabrizio Ciufoli. Montalcino has one of the warmest and driest climates in Tuscany with the grapes in the area ripening up to a week earlier than in nearby Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Chianti Classico. It is the most arid Tuscan DOCG, receiving an average annual rainfall of around 28 inches (700 mm).

Grape varieties::

100% Sangiovese Grosso. The Sangiovese grape is the most widely planted grape in the Montalcino region and is the only permitted grape in Brunello di Montalcino.  These particular clones of Sangiovese are unique to the Montalcino region and are well-suited to the terroir of the area.


The grapes are hand-harvested at the end of September and into early October. Vinification takes place in stainless steel vats of 40-50 hl. The maceration period lasts around 18-20 days at controlled temperature of 30°C.


36 months in oak casks of 20-25 hl and in medium toast 225 litre French barriques


Ruby red, tending towards garnet


Its bouquet is ample, intense, persistent with hints of undergrowth, jam and licorice


A fleshy texture, typically with aromas and flavours of blackberried fruit and black cherry, along with chocolate, leather and violets.  Dry and generous on the palate, medium firm tannins and great length

Food pairing::

Grilled meats and game


Natural cork


95 James Suckling:Extremely fresh and linear style to this with dark fruits of cherry and berry. Some flower and wood. Full body, fine and silky tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Very structured. Better than 2012. Best ever? Drink in 2021.


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