Querciabella Palafreno 2004
Introduced as a 2000 vintage, Palafreno is a blend of Merlot and Sangiovese that, in its 2004 iteration, becomes a magnificently pure Merlot. Full bodied, elegant and complex, it should be decantered and allowed to breathe for at least one hour before it can be fully appreciated. The wine's name is a testament to its character, the term used to indicate only the noblest of steeds that medieval knights would ride for travel, parades and tournaments.
Wine SpectatorSlightly earthy and meaty on the nose, with hints of tarragon and orange peel. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long finish. Racy. Merlot. Not imported into the U.S. Best after 2009.
Wine AdvocateQuerciabella's 2004 Palafreno (Merlot) is a surprisingly rustic wine for an estate whose house style tends towards polished, elegant wines. Made in a powerful, full-bodied style, it shows notes of earthiness, leather, game and dark cherries. There is plenty of fruit here, but the tannins are coarse and rough around the edges, something that is very uncharacteristic of this great Tuscan vintage. Ultimately the wine's balance is not convincing and bottle age is unlikely to help to any significant degree. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2018.
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