Robert Parker 92
"The 2008 Orvieto Classico Superiore Campo del Guardiano is stunningly beautiful for its inner sweetness and perfume. Mint, sage, peaches and flowers are some of the nuances that emerge from this textured, impeccable Orvieto. As delicious as the wine is today, it clearly has the stuffing to age well for at least a handful of years, if not significantly longer. The finish is round, textured and totally inviting. The Campo del Guardiano comes from a parcel of old vines at high altitudes and was aged in steel. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020. "
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"Unquestionably the number one small estate of Orvieto" – Stephen Tanzer
Palazzone produces delicious white wines from Umbria's indigenous varietals featuring tasty fruit, nerve and zip! The estate, which began bottling in 1982, has mastered the delicate art of adjusting the proportions of the five different grape varieties allowed in the blend by the Orvieto D.O.C.: Procanico, Verdello, Grechetto, Drupeggio and Malvasia Toscana, the very same used hundreds of years ago in this region with Ancient-Roman roots. From the Terre Vineate to the Campo del Guardiano, a single-vineyard blend intended for ageing, these whites are survivors of the golden-age of Orvieto Classico, when small producers hand harvested fruit and established an international reputation for greatness, coveted by kings and popes. Of course, Dubini is no stranger to great, voluptuous reds, made from both native and international varieties.
Vineyard Management: Palazzone is practicing organic. No insecticides, fungiscides or systemic plant protection products are used. Low environmental impact products like sulfur and copper-based products are used. In vineyards prone to soil erosion, there are permanent cover crops between the rows of vines. The grass cover is mowed during the summer and depending on vineyard, the soil is either tilled or not. Low doses of SO2 are used in the wines for preservation.
Farming Practice:Practicing Organic