This vineyard surrounds the winery and is one of the highest altitude plots in Montalcino. This height brings cooler temperatures and winds, slowing ripening and producing structured wines with cool fruit and finesse. The soil is a stony mix of “pietraforte arenaria”, a local sandstone, clay and limestone. The 2016, from perhaps the finest recent vintage, certainly shows this hallmark- a deep, mineral structure which underpins the cool, tight fruit and weaves together flavours of leather, anise, and sweet spice. Long and fine, the tannins on the finish are a little drier, less silky, suggesting a few more years in bottle will see this get even better. Superb wine.
“The bouquet on the 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Le Due Porte is simply stunning, wafting up with dusty rose, incense and cloves before giving way to dried strawberries and lavender. This is elegance personified, gliding across the palate with velvety textures while ushering in mineral. laced red berries and violet-tinged inner florals. Though it’s structured and geared for the cellar, there’s a purity here that mixes with the residual acids to create a remarkably fresh impression, as hints of licorice and sour cherry fade. Now in its second vintage, Le Due Porte, a cru bottling from Il Palazzone’s highest-elevation vineyard, shows tremendous potential. Drink 2024-2032. 94+/100.”
Eric Guido www.vinous.com December 2021
“Balsamic, subtly perfumed nose with a hint of eucalyptus. Vibrant, crushed red-fruit palate that is super-elegant. Long, grainy tannins. Vibrant and with lots of filigree acidity. Drink 2024–2036. 17.5/20”
Walter Speller January 2022 www.jancisrobinson.com