Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello 2015 Offer
So many of the wines we tasted showed a beautiful depth of fruit and endless length. They are dense and rich wines, structured with masses of tannins yet finely textured and comprehensive in the mouth. The tannins seem to melt into the wine…There’s also a transparency and brightness to the best of 2015 that gives the reds a chance to beautifully communicate their respective terroirs and styles. JAMES SUCKLING
…Canalicchio di Sopra (including the first release of the single-vineyard La Casaccia), Fuligni and Valdicava are standouts. ERIC GUIDO, Vinous
Canalicchio di Sopra is one of my favourite northern Brunello estates. It has been there since the beginning with sharecropper turned vigneron Primo Pacenti one of a handful of producers to make a Brunello in the very first year it was granted DOC status. The estate was further strengthened in the eighties when Pacenti join forces with his son-in-law Pier Luigi Ripaccioli whose family had holdings on the revered Montosoli hill. Pacenti has since passed but the winery is still a family affair run by his grandchildren Francesco, Simonetta and Marco who continue to make high quality classically styled Brunello with a modern lean focusing on producing precise and finesse driven wines that are full of personality.
For me it is the balance between the Canalicchio and Montosoli sites that really helps deliver wines of remarkable depth and complexity. Canalicchio’s clay and pebble soils supply the luxurious fruit and mineral core, while Montosoli brings its trademark structure, aromatics and freshness to the wines. This year also sees the first release of a new wine, Casaccia. It is a single vineyard bottling from a site within Canalicchio renowned for its power, silky tannins and finesse. It’s made an impressive debut too, drawing out the big 100 from James Suckling and high praise across the board. Unfortunately, volumes have barely dribbled into Australia.
If you haven’t got the picture by now 2015 is a ‘must buy’ vintage, with the cooler northern side of Montalcino, which historically performs better in warmer vintages, delivering some of the real standouts of this landmark vintage. If you have been a buyer of Canalcchio di Sopra’s wines in the past you will know this is a vintage to stock up on and if you have not, then this is a vintage where you can see these wines at their towering best. The quality across the range looks to be superb with James Suckling declaring Canalicchio’s di Sopra’s Brunello their ‘best ever’ and Ian D’Agata at Vinous labelling the 2018 Rosso ‘One of the best Rossos of the vintage’.
Please note this is a pre-arrival offer with wines set to arrive in late December or early January.