A scorching hot day filled with errands and other miscellaneous nonsense had me on a trajectory straight to the fridge for a cooling bottle of Palazzone Terre Vineate Orvieto Classico 2010. Podere Palazzone was purchased by the Dubini Locatelli family in 1969, and takes its name from a 13th century lodge that was once on the property. Passionate about organic methods, chemicals such as insecticides and fertilizers are not used in the vineyards. Instead, low environmental impact methods such as copper-based products and cover crops are employed, as well as the minimal addition of sulphites in the wine.
Straw-gold in colour, summery aromas of fresh melon, apples and honeysuckle blossoms swirled about in my glass. Rich, ripe pear and apple flavours flourished alongside a bright acidity in the light body. Mineral elements merged with refreshing bitter almond notes in the clean finish. Dry and elegant, this is a well-balanced, pleasant glass fantastic for the summer table or all on its own.
50% Trebbiano, 30% Grechetto, 20% Malvasia, Verdello and Drupeggio
Estate Bottled by Azienda Agricola Palazzone
Enjoy now thru 2015
*Rated 90 points by Wine Advocate