96 points Monica Larner (Wine Advocate): "Because of frost and a cold spring, some of the vineyard parcels at this estate saw late harvest dates. But the Merlot was the first to come off the vines by the 14th of September. The Tenuta di Trinoro 2019 Palazzi is a pure expression of Merlot with incoming fruit from the Palazzi vineyard that is characterized by dense clay soils. The wine's intensity is what stands out most, and that power is fueled by lovely nuances of black fruit, spice, sweet tobacco and baker's chocolate. The alcohol content weighs in at 15.5%. Palazzi excels in terms of mouthfeel. The smooth richness and deep softness achieved here is only possible with this grape. Furthermore, it seems only possible in this spectacular, sun-drenched corner of undiscovered Tuscany known as Sarteano. Drink: 2022-2045. (Oct 2021)"
96 points Falstaff Guide
95 points Aldo Fiordelli (Decanter): "According to Andrea Franchetti, '2019 was the latest ripening vintage we’ve seen in 10 years'. Compared to the massive yet never rustic extractions of the past which resulted in excellent ageability, now the wine shows more balance. The blend changes each year based on which grapes are the best from that vintage: 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc in 2019. Bottled during the waning moon at the beginning of June 2021 after eight months in new oak and another 12 in concrete, this is less austere than usual with an extremely pure bramble fruit character, lifted and mineral, with subtle aromatic herbs. The fleshy palate shines for its balance, with brilliant integrated acidity and tannins chiselled to perfection. Drinking Window: 2021-2040. (Nov 2021)"
94 points Wine Spectator: "[$220 list] This vibrant red is pure and well-defined, with cherry, raspberry and floral aromas and flavors detailed by iron and wild thyme, supported from dense yet refined tannins. Excellent length. Merlot. Drink now through 2032. 297 cases made, 30 cases imported. (12/15/21)"
|Producer||Tenuta di Trinoro|
|Blend||60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc|