In the late 1990s, in the Tuscan hills south of Florence, the famed contemporary musician Sting and his wife Trudie Styler began the restoration of a sixteenth-century villa and its gardens, olive groves and vineyards. Careful nurturing of the vines over the last ten years with the help of viticulturist Alan York, who is recognized as one of the world’s pre-eminent biodynamic viticulturists, has yielded extraordinary grapes and the decision to release two wines. Paolo Caciogrna is the winemaker.
Named after Sting’s song “Sister Moon” this was the first IGT Toscano wine produced at Il Palagio. With an alcohol content of 14.9% it is aged for 24 months in new French barriques.
This is magnificent. The stunningly fragrant and complex bouquet shows mature fruit, truffle, toasted almond and vanilla characters with nuances of cigar, violet and clove notes. The palate is superbly concentrated and intense, while remaining elegant and refined, and delivers waves of delectable savoury flavours, wonderfully framed by seamlessly integrated fine tannins. The finish is extremely long and gratifying. At its best: Now to 2020; AU$100.00; Rating: 96 Points; Sam Kim; Wine Orbit
The wine spends 24 months in French oak. It is 40% sangiovese, 30% merlot 30% and 30% cabernet sauvignon. Serious scented wine of lavish, executive suite mahogany-leather-cigar oak character, red cherry/white strawberry fruit, dark chocolate. Palate is heavy set, dark inky fruited, yet risen on swathes of thick, firm tannin, amaro herb character and cranberry-rose hip acidity. Powerful, grinding, sensual flow to the wine. Impact is grand. This is very good. Alcohol: 13.5%; Price: $100; Closure: Cork; Drink: 2017-2030+; Rated: 94 Points; Mike Bennie; The Wine Front
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