2011 Palazzo Right Bank Proprietary Red 750ml
Tasting Notes: “The 2011 Right Bank Proprietary Red is a blend of 68% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon. A strong effort in this much trickier vintage (which was excessively maligned, if truth be known) ... the wine has good opulence and a deep, forward, precocious nose of roasted coffee, black and red currants, forest floor, cedar wood and a touch of roasted herbs. It is ripe, medium-bodied, fleshy and should be a very quick developer ... it should last for another 8-10 years.." - Robert Parker (91 Points)
Winemaker's Notes: Although a much maligned vintage by the critics because of severe mildew & rot that occurred in most of the Upper Valley Appellations that year at the end of Harvest, we were lucky once again down in the Carneros Appellation to “dodge / escape” the damaging rot, because of the much “cooler temperatures” that consistently prevail throughout Carneros. The PALAZZO 2011 ‘Right Bank’ Proprietary Red is an exceptional wine that starts slow in the glass, with seductive bold notes of crazy chocolate tones interlaced all throughout the nose ... chocolate and berries ... crushed wild flowers .. and hints of white pepper and spice! Arguably "lighter" at first in mouthfeel and mid-palette weight than some of the more flashier-style wines from here in the Napa Valley. But as the wine opens & evolves, it begins to slowly show it’s magnificent, tightly wound complex structure & backbone … and eclipses many of the “fleshier” and more generously structured wines from here in the Napa Valley. Which don't get me wrong ... are tremendous "crowd pleasers" and fabulous wines in and of thier own rights. But at the end of the day the PALAZZO 2011 ‘Right Bank’ Proprietary Red has superior structure and finesse … along with a purity of core fruit and balance ... And an ELEGANCE ... that quite frankly many of the more "brazen" and upfront / showier Napa Style wines just don’t have!
Composition: 68% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Winemaker: Scott Palazzo
Production: 1200 Cases
Optimal Drinking Window: 2014 - 2035