The first wines, and there will be several, mind you, of the newly released 2013 Brunello di Montalcino and 2016 Rosso di Montalcino, that I am buying for my own cellar are from La Palazzetta.
My notes, from a few days ago at Benvenuto Brunello:
18 February, 2018 – 2016 La Palazzetta (Flavio Fanti) Rosso di Montalcino
(Benvenuto Brunello, 2018, Montalcino) Gorgeous. Brick red>ruby. Powerfully perfumed, the nose is open and giving already. This is just beautiful, with a continuous cascade of red fruits, warm spice, soil and forest/mushrooms. The entry is bigger than expected, the middle is warm, generous, yet structured; this is one heck of a Rosso wine. So much potential, still; probably even better with just one more year of integration. A true baby Brunello if there is such a thing. Impressive length and depth. 14,5% abv., drink 2019 thru 2028. highly recommended
18 February, 2018 – 2013 La Palazzetta (Flavio Fanti) Brunello di Montalcino
(Benvenuto Brunello, 2018, Montalcino) An exciting nose filled with beautiful aromas of ripe red fruits, soil, toasted herbs, purple flowers. The palate is already quite open and available, it’s med>full bodied, though not fat or too round. It’s quite a surprise given this winery’s newly released wines that are generally very, very tight and unavailable. If this lives up to its potential, which I have to believe it can knowing how they farm (organic), it’s going to be a blockbuster. Tasted again toward the end of the day and allowed to more fully open in the glass, some pretty iron, cardamom, soil and clay notes appeared, adding yet an extra dimension. Wow. Drink now thru 2038+. highly recommended+
This vintage(s) are a good one for many in the area, and there’s no way I’m leaving this area (just 5 more days here) without some of my favorites, and the new releases from La Palazzetta, are, for me, a benchmark – classic beauties.