ABOUT THE VINTAGE
This 100% merlot is made from a selection of grapes from about 2 hectares across the estate, with only a small quantity produced each year.
2016 was such an uncertain season, and yet the results are exceptional wines. The clue to this vintage was to recognize the long August’s burn, hidden behind the rains – at the season’s break, the storms were just revitalizing thirsty grapes. We welcomed the rain every time, instead of picking before it arrived: that was the way we brought in a great harvest.
Palazzi this vintage is made of merlot from a single vineyard we call Strada Vecchia, all from our first day of harvest on the 24th of September. In the glass it shows white aromas of spring, the way prunes are white to the eye when they blossom in March. The wine manages to fill the palate completely, then it gets fat and points downwards to a brutal earthiness.
Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media, 95 points: “The 2016 Palazzi, the estate’s 100% Merlot, is racy, succulent to the core. It is also the wine where the elevated ripeness of the house style is most in evidence. Dark fruit, chocolate, spice, leather and licorice all build as this flamboyant wine gradually opens up in the glass. The Palazzi is a heady, exotic wine with generous curves and tons of sheer allure.”
Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, 94 points: “Ripe and fruity, this expressive red boasts blackberry, black cherry and plum flavors, accented by graphite and tobacco notes. Features plenty of structure for support, and the finish is long, echoing ripe fruit and mineral elements. Best from 2021 through 2032.”
I Vini di Veronelli, Super Tre Stelle
2,900 bottles (242 cases)