With vineyards in the Canalicchio zone just north of the town of Montalcino Padelletti credits the calcareous clay soil for curbing water stress. Harvest dates and quantities were similar to the average and slightly shorter macerations and cooler fermentations were applied to preserve freshness. The 2017 is very discreet at first ? which isn?t unusual - but then opens up with pretty perfumes of balsamic herbs dry earth and even preserved cherries. The palate is lively and pretty with powdery and finessed tannins. Denser than Padelletti?s wines usually show this has more perceptible dry extract but is still ever so classy. Drinking Window 2023 - 2030v
The 2017 Brunello di Montalcino shows dried raspberry and cherry with hints of baked fruit earthy terracotta and clay. These more robust aromas can definitely be associated with the hot and dry conditions present in this growing season. However that Padelletti house style that prizes elegance and graceful fruit is also front and center. This wine cozies up the senses with silky softness and smooth lines.
The 2017 Brunello di Montalcino wafts up with a classic bouquet of dusty dried cherries rubbed sage and hints of underbrush and worn leather. It?s elegant yet light on its feet presenting a pure display of bright red berries and savory spices as an air of balsam herbs forms toward the close. The tannins are surprisingly well-rounded for this vintage as the 2017 tapers off lightly structured with rosy florals minerals and a lovely freshness that makes it very easy to return to the glass for more. While Sara Rossi of Padelletti spoke of the difficulties of the vintage and the work done in the vineyards and winery to counteract it she also explained that production was average which makes me wonder just how much fruit Padelletti doesn?t use in a normal year. That said this is a total success for the vintage. (Drink between 2024-2029)
Camphor underbrush coffee bean and tobacco aromas come to the forefront on this full-bodied red. Brawny and brooding the concentrated palate features fleshy black cherry orange zest licorice and espresso set against a backbone of firm fine-grained tannins. Give it several years to let the tannins fully integrate then drink. Best 2027?2032. KERIN O?KEEFE