Deep in southern Tuscany, at the border with Umbria and Lazio, there's a small but important commune: San Casciano dei Bagni. The ancient, sleepy village of Palazzone rests within the commune's borders, halfway up the southern slopes of Mount Cetona. Father and son team of Paolo and Giovanni Bulgari – heirs to the Bulgari jewelry empire – researched this special hamlet, its soils and terroirs the source for their dream winery. Dubbed Podernuovo a Palazzone, the estate's hillside vineyards are planted to full south-eastern exposure, the soils a complex mix of clay, limestone, sandstones and fossils. Terroir, exposure and temperature fluctuations from winter to summer led to varietal selections; Sangiovese, Montepulciano, Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon as well as Merlot have their specific plots. For their "Therra" cuvee, Sangiovese, Cab Sauv, Merlot and Montepulciano are masterfully blended, the wine undergoing both malo as well as aging in barrique. Darkly fruited, beautifully silken, the 2012 is a joy to savor. Priced for the everyday, it's got a serious side, too. Well worth discovering.
A firm and fresh wine with currants, berries and flowers. Medium to full body and a bright finish. This is lively and focused. Drink now.
92 points, James Suckling (Aug 2015)
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