Valdicava Brunello Pack 05-07-12

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  • South Melbourne
  • Sydney

Vincenzo Abbruzzese is one of the most outspoken, passionate growers in Montalcino. His beautifully tended vineyards yield some of the richest wines in the region; and that’s where most of the focus is – on the vineyards. The winery itself is unremarkable and is equipped with just the bare essentials. All of the wines are aged in large, neutral oak; what comes through is Abbruzzese’s commitment to low yields, sustainable farming and non-interventionalist winemaking. ANTONIO GALLONI

For a lover of great wine there are few experiences that can match the pleasure of consuming a well-cellared version of one of the great vintages from one of the great estates. So, when I was again given the opportunity to taste through an extensive back-vintage (and future) range of wines from Valdicava in March I was again struck by that tingling feeling you get when you know you're doing something a little special, tasting something that represents an epoch in time, a moment in the life of a vineyard, a part of a cycle in a living organic process. Without putting too much mayo on it, this is an amazing and privileged position. Visceral and life affirming.

This particular tasting featured a dizzying array of vintages - both past and future - and was again illustrative of what sets the truly great Brunello estates apart from the hundreds of newer producers that have arrived in the last 30 years. Producers like the original 23 who started the consorzio still, in my experience, have the most to offer in terms of a real connection to the place rather than giving the distinct impression that this is a wine that could come from anywhere. The site here is most key and these original estates have had them locked up for a long time.

Valdicava is one such producer whose site on the north side of the hill, bounded on one side by the famed Montosoli hill and containing the jewel of the Madonna del Piano vineyard at its centre is a special terroir. Critics and long-time devotees of the wines from this site talk about the power of the wines from here and that is also my own impression, but to talk of power alone excludes the nuance in the aromatic and flavour profiles. The styling is traditional. The wines present with a hint of orange on the rim to ruby colour (no opaque purple Brunello of the new wave here) and the aromas always lean to the savoury, dried herbs, balsam, cherry while the palate hold exceptional power (a feature of this site) and structure meaning the wines always need time to unravel to their true potential... case in point with the following three wines. See below third party reviews but also an impression by me based on the most recent tasting. An important point given I think the 2007 for example has taken the next step up in complexity.

This Pack Contains two bottles of the following three wines

Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2012   SHELF PRICE: $195                                   
I like the ripe-fruit and smoked-meat aromas to this. Subtle and complex. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a long and chewy finish. Needs time to soften. Very structured for the vintage. Better in 2020. (96) JAMES SUCKLING

Valdicava represents its own school within the greater Brunello philosophy. This estate (under proprietor Vincenzo Abbruzzese) crafts contemporary and modern wines with noticeable density and ever-present aromatic intensity. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino reveals a dark and inky appearance with bright ruby highlights that break through the background darkness with brilliance. The nose is generous and robust with dark cherry fruit, plum, Indian spice, mocha and espresso bean. These elements are stitched together with seamless transitions. Despite that grand approach, Sangiovese's prickly and often nervous personality shines through nonetheless. The variety adds delicate berry nuances and bright acidity that give this wine profound depth. This is a very well-made wine that promises a long aging future. MONICA LARNER

Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2007    SHELF PRICE: $195                                   
On tasting this wine in March I immediately turned to Abbruzzese noting that this is the best showing I'd ever seen from this wine. As he said the wine had "gone through another door" in the last month before I came. I have tasted the wine on many ocassions over the last few years and while it has always been one of my favourite vintages, the wine has entered a new realm and some of the harder edges have come off leaving a fully realised wine. Delicious now but I suspect it still have 5 years cellaring impovement in it. MMc

An impressively structured wine. Aromas of blueberries and blackberries with hints of violets. Full body with velvety, rich tannins. Very tannic and powerful, yet the tannins are polished and pretty. Layers of everything here. Give this another three to four years before opening.

Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2005   SHELF PRICE: $155                                   
An impressively structured wine. Aromas of blueberries and blackberries with hints of violets. Full body with velvety, rich tannins. Very tannic and powerful, yet the tannins are polished and pretty. Layers of everything here. Give this another three to four years before opening. JAMES SUCKLING, 2010

The 2005 Brunello di Montalcino is a dark, brooding wine that flows with the essence of smoke, tar, earthiness, wild cherries and iron. This is one of most rich, concentrated Brunellos of the vintage. Dark and enveloping on the palate, this powerful, virile Brunellos closes with substantial heft. It should age beautifully on the depth of its fruit, but readers will experience a far more complete drinking experience if the wine is given a few years to shed some of its baby fat.

To me this wine is ready and at the peak of its powers right now. Its open and available with a profile that has softened into a relaxed mature (but not overly so) Brunello. Delicious drinking with the next bistecca! MMc