“The wine is deep yet silky, fruit driven yet with the perfect
touch of toasty oak, enhancing rather than overwhelming.
A thoroughly modern, top-flight wine, at a reasonable price.”
Nicolas Belfrage, MW
“Palafreno, although just a newborn, is already a giant.”
Civiltà del Bere
Palafreno, whose first vintage was the glorious 2000,
is a monovarietal Merlot, carefully crafted from the
fruit of some among the best vineyards of the estate
in Greve in Chianti. Rich, deep, and elegant, needs
to be decanted, and left ‘breathing’ for about half an
hour to be enjoyed at its best. Its name is an ancient
Italian word designating a noble riding horse used by
medieval knights for travel, parades or tournaments.
Cépages: Merlot (100%).
Viticulture: Biodynamic since 2000; organic since 1988.
Average production: 3,000 bottles (250 cases).
Appellation: Toscana IGT
First vintage: 2000
Average yield: 25 hl/ha
Average alcohol content: 14.0% vol.
Ideal serving temperature: 18–20° C (64–68° F)
The grapes are carefully selected in the vineyards,
and harvested in 8 kilo crates. They are destemmed,
they are not crushed, and then they are conveyed
into temperature controlled stainless steel vats or,
just for the very best parcels, small temperature
controlled concrete vats. Here, alcoholic fermentation,
maceration and malolactic fermentation take place.
Maceration lasts about 18 days.
Afterwards, the wine is transferred to barriques.
where it undergoes élevage for about one year.
At this stage, the best lots, selected through extensive
tasting, are assembled into the final blend, and they
undergo six more months of élevage.
The oak is 100% French, and comes from Allier,
Tronçais, and Vosges. It is 30% new and 70% one
year old. The wine is regularly racked and tasted
during the whole barrel maturation. After bottling
the wine rests for about six months before release.
The wine is released no sooner than 26 months
after harvest. Depending on the vintage, it reaches
maturity between 3 and 5 years after harvest. The
plateau lasts until at least 12 years after harvest.
Palafreno is bottled and packaged exclusively in
the following formats: 0.750 liter [6 bottle wooden
case]; 1.5 liter [1 bottle wooden case]; 3 liter
[1 bottle wooden case]; only in oustanding vintages,
6 liter bottles [1 bottle case] and 12 liter
[1 bottle wooden case] are made.
Palafreno is produced without using any animal
products or byproducts. It is therefore suitable for
vegans and vegetarians.