Background: Newly-weds Cosimo Loia and Antoinetta Palazzo moved to Scotland (via England) to open a fish and chip shop. In 1986 they and their children re-located back to Italy to an estate in Montalcino which Cosimo had bought in 1983 (his sister was from Montalcino). Vineyards were planted. The first wines bearing the Montalcino name were from the 1995 vintage. Cosimo and Antonietta’s children are Angelo and Elia (she was born in the UK and grew up in Scotland). Their other two sons Aldo and Manio are based in Scotland. Cosimo and Antonietta’s four grandchildren are Nadia, Sabrina, Maia and Nico.
Estate vineyards: In the south-east of Montalcino. Near Salvioni/Cerbaiola. 320 metres above sea level. 10 acres of Brunello and 3ha of olives. Soils of Eocene origin, arid and rocky, particularly suited to the cultivation of the vine.
Winery: Winemaking and storage in 17th century farm buildings with part-underground storage. Fermentation in cement vats of 10hl.
Rosso Toscana IGT, Alcineo: Sangiovese.15-18 months in French oak.
Rosso di Montalcino DOC Palazzo: 2012 5,000 bottles. Nice colour, simple and jammy (Anteprima 2014). | 2013 6,000 bottles. Sweet simple sticky berries, some green tannin (Anteprima 2015). | 2014 Bit sweet and simple, extracted, new oak I think (Anteprima 2016). | 2018 4,500 bottles.
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Palazzo: 2000 Dry, lacking clarity (Anteprima 2005). | 2009 9,000 bottles. High tone nose, bit over-wrought and simple (Anteprima 2014). | 2010 9.500 bottles. | 2011 Bit light, guess this has been acidified, lots of new oak too (Anteprima 2016). | 2015 13,300 bottles.
Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG, Palazzo: 2006 Produced. | 2009 2,000 bottles. Quite evolved already, horse saddle, baked and simple fruit dry end (Anteprima 2015). | 2010 Some red cherry fruit but too much extraction (Anteprima 2016).
Società Agricola Palazzo dei F.lli Loia
Loc. Palazzo, 144
I-53024 Montalcino (SI = Siena), Italy
Tel+39 0577.849226 www.aziendapalazzo.it