Friday, 25 November 2011
Rosso del Palazzone Montalcino 05/08 blend is incredible value
I opened my new case of Rosso del Palazzone Montalcino 2005/2008 wines last night.
They are 'baby brunellos'. Produced right next to top Brunello vinyards, but sold at much lower prices, when available via a specialist merchant.
Interestingly, the vineyard is owned by Dick Parsons, former Time Warner CEO.
In an earlier post I said I hoped these would be a delicious bargain, and I may have been right.
My view it it's a superb bargain at £11 or so per bottle.
A huge bold nose, a hint of mustiness on the palate. In the glass it looks like a 15 year old left bank claret, and drinks a little bit like it too.
It's probably a little dryer, with a hint of perfumed smokiness and a finish that just keeps going.
I've only had a couple of small glasses and it will be interesting to see how the wine is today when it's been open for a day. Jancis Robinson says it keeps well.
There's no year on the bottle. I thought I was getting six 2005 wines and six 2008's. I'm now guessing it's a blend of those two years. Having re-read the website, that seems to be the case.
However it's been done, it's a triumph at the price. Go get some, I'd suggest.
Here's where you can buy it.