This is a marvelous wine. On tasting it in our office, the bottle joined us for lunch afterwards and disappeared in no time – always a good sign! Rather than make a standard Rosso de Montalcino, Palazzone do things differently. Their “vino de toto jour” comes from botti which were not selected for Brunello and is made by blending two recent vintages, allowing the team to produce a more consistent wine. This is an old Italian practice which small farmers would have used for their personal wines. It is normally 60-70% from the most recent vintage, and the rest from the year before, but the proportion isn’t fixed, rather the blend is about finding the balance they want. The result is a brilliantly drinkable wine, transparent ruby in the glass and bursting with notes of crisp cherry and summer flowers. It is fresh and vivacious, cooly textured and has an inner core of richness which is almost Pinot-esque. With time in the glass a richer side to the fruit begins to show, sleek and red. Very food friendly, just gorgeous with a plate of salumi, served a little cool this is going to be my wine of the summer, I can already tell!