Palazzi 2013

2013 was serene during most of the growing season, with little rain but covered skies. The summer temperatures were very cool, unusual for the valley, averaging about 10 degrees cooler than previous years. To help deepen the wines, we kept each for long on its lees. When it came time to blend, Franchetti chose merlot from four very different vineyards. The wine combines fruit from the strong clay of Piano Prima Pezza, the deeper Piano Seconda Pezza, the fantastic limes of Cavalli Sud, and the stream gravel of Strada Nuova. This year, Palazzi is an intense, red-fruited, strongly changing wine, with bright acidity and very fresh characteristics.

Vineyard age: 20-23 years

Vineyard density: 10,000 vines/Ha

Vineyard altitude: 450-600 m asl

Yield per hectare: 25 Hl/Ha

Harvest: 2-4 October

Fertilization: Sheep manure

Spraying: Clay, propolis, grapefruit seed extract

Vinification: Fermentation in stainless steel vats for 13 days

Aging: 8 months in new French oak barrels; 11 months in cement tanks

Bottling: Waning moon May 2015

Production: 3,600 bottles


Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media, 95+ points: “Trinoro’s 2013 Palazzi (Merlot) offers up a compelling array of super-ripe red stone fruits, wild flowers, white truffle and exotic spices, all in the classic Trinoro style built on opulence. Raspberry jam and wild flowers build to a huge, aromatically intense finish supported by silky tannins. The 2013 needs time in bottle to develop, but it is hugely promising. Over the time I followed it the 2013 just got better and better. Drinking window: 2018 – 2033”

Espresso 2016, Eccellenza 

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