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Tenuta di Trinoro Palazzi 2016

Tenuta di Trinoro Palazzi 2016

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"Also undeniably beautiful, the 2016 Palazzi shows inky black extraction and penetrating intensity. This pure expression of Merlot delivers rich notes of tobacco weaved in with ripe fruit, spice, dried blackberry and blackcurrant. There are also some pleasant undertones of raisins and figs that come with the early-ripening grape in a hot year such as 2016. The wine is fermented in steel vats and aged in new oak for eight months before going into cement vats for an additional 11 months. Some 2,900 bottles were made. Drink: 2019-2040. 97 points

Andrea Franchetti provided me with a little excerpt from his 2016 harvest diary. I have included it here because it is delightful to read. If I could live inside the brain of any one Italian vintner, I would definitely choose to experience the technicolor intensity of his random and poetic thoughts. "We finished picking Cabernet Franc on the 13th; the tanks are filled with black, waxy raisins that will be fermenting for the next two weeks. It was a fine vintage. A rich, roasted quality of the wine comes up to the nose already. The clue to this vintage was to recognize the long August burn... The Merlot was picked in Cavalli Nord on September 27, while the Cabernet Franc from Camagi Nord and Sotto Cocceto was picked on October 10. We are, however, exhausted from wrestling so many harvests out of a drizzle that went on for weeks. I am changing all the lights in the cellar from neon, which almost drove us insane, to the softer, yellow light bulb. We push and pump and then go to the woods with our green umbrellas. We lose sight of each other and look to see who comes back out of the haze with porcini."

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (05/19)