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Paladin Family Estates bring their lovely Italian wines to Birmingham. 

By Jan Walsh 

Photography by Beau Gustafson 

Vincenzo Protti, winemaker for Paladin Family Estates, recently visited my home—and invited me to Italy. 
Paladin Family Estates boasts a 50-year old history in the Venetian viticulture. They produce wines under the Paladin, Vescine and Bosco del Merlo labels. 

We tasted through the entire portfolio and chose these three wines to feature this month: Paladin Salbanello 2009, Vescine Chianti Classico 2007 and Bosco del Merlo 360 Ruber Capite 2006. 

Just like the winemaker, Protti, the Paladin Salbanello 2009 ($13.99) is a charmer. This blend of Cabernet and Malbec offers notes of raspberry and red currant. It is fruity, smooth and well balanced—no oak.

Vescine Chianti Classico 2007 ($23.99) is a Sangiovese and Canaiolo blend. Hints of violet, black cherry and cloves linger along with light tannins in this beautiful, bright and deep red wine.

And Bosco del Merlo 360 Ruber Capite 2006 ($27.99) combines Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec. It is ruby red with notes of plums, blackberry, tobacco and spice. Aptly named “360,” the wine’s name reflects its roundness and harmony.

My visit to the Paladin Villa and Wine Cellars will include a stay at the II Borgo Di Vescine hotel, which is situated in the heart of the Chianti Classico "Gallo Nero" territory. Made up of 19 rooms and seven suites, these rooms are situated within the original houses of the medieval hamlet. The rooms overlook the 42-acre park surrounding Vescine. If you are also planning a trip to Italy, visit www.Vescine.it.


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