Il Palazzone is a small, family-owned farm located close to the town of Montalcino in the heart of the Brunello di Montalcino DOCG zone. Around 2000 cases are produced annually from Sangiovese Grosso grown in three vineyards, each located in a distinct part of the appellation. The line-up includes Brunello di Montalcino, Rosso del Palazzone and, in the best vintages, Brunello di Montalcino Riserva.
Il Palazzone is owned by Richard Parsons. Richard is best known for serving as CEO of Time Warner and Chairman of Citigroup. He is a native New Yorker who has spent most of his adult life travelling the world for both business and pleasure. A long-time wine lover, he became enchanted with Brunello on visits to Tuscany and decided to purchase Il Palazzone in 2000. He has since built a second home on the property and travels to Montalcino several times a year to assist in picking, production and blending.
Richard has assembled one of the most experienced teams working in Montalcino today. Brunello guru Paolo Vagaggini, best known for his work at Biondi Santi, Poggio Antico and Fuligni, leads the winemaking team. Agronomist Massimo Achilli, a leading proponent of sustainable viticulture, advises on responsible vineyard practices. Husband-and-wife team Marco Sassetti and Laura Gray manage the property and guide marketing and distribution efforts.
Il Palazzone produces exemplary expressions of Sangiovese. With seasoned hands managing every step of production and a winemaking philosophy that values energy and transparency over weight and density, the team nurtures and amplifies this essential variety’s most important attributes. Acidity rivets the palate, tempering richness. Fruit character is clean, ripe cherry, slightly acrid and savory. The wines assert themselves directly but don’t stay unwelcomed. Long, lingering flavors keep you wanting more.
Try these wines and you will agree that Richard Parsons and his team have established Il Palazzone as one of Montalcino’s top estates.
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