T for Terroir
At the base of the quality of our wines is the territory of Montalcino, an area particularly suited to viticulture, composed of predominantly cretaceous soils below 200 metres above sea level, which then become sand and rising in altitude stratifications of marl rocks. An area also exposed to the tramontana, a cold, dry wind that sanitises the grapes, and to the scirocco, which can be harmful in summer.
The vineyards of the Palazzo estate are all east-facing and slope gently from 350 to 320 metres above sea level. The estate is situated on the slopes of the eastern side of Montalcino, open to the natural theatre of the Val d'Orcia and protected from the sea breezes coming in from the west.
The particular position in a well-ventilated area guarantees an optimal microclimate, without humidity stagnation and wetness during the growing season and natural protection from the main vine diseases (botrytis and downy mildew). Our special microclimate also favours the long preservation of the bunches of grapes in the vineyard, ensuring healthy grapes in the cellar and the right degree of ripeness, especially in terms of polyphenolic aspects.
The vines grow on soil with fairly important components of both clay and skeleton, formed mainly of marl rocks.
In the highest and steepest part of the vineyard, layers of marl predominate, giving powerful wines with an important structure, intense, with sweet, soft and elegant tannins and ripe fruit aromas; it is from this vineyard that a small quantity of the grapes for the cru Cosimo are harvested.
As you go downhill, the type of soil changes, the percentage of marl decreases and the percentage of clay increases, even the sandy and tufaceous components, which contribute to the wines' fresh, elegant, complex and intense, but at the same time savoury and mineral aromas.
All wines of great character and roundness but above all of extraordinary concentration.