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Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2009
- Varietal: Sangiovese Grosso
- Country: Italy
- Region: Tuscany
- Unit Size: 750 ml
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Wine Advocate 92 Points
The 2009 Brunello di Montalcino is a standout expression with long and polished notes of dried fruit and tobacco presented in a smooth and seamless fashion. It shows good structure and balance but an even prettier nose with ethereal balsam herbs, tar, licorice and pressed violets that emerge as the wine evolves in the glass. The wine hints at a greater evolution to come. Drink: 2017-2022.
Only a few brief moments into my winery visit with Francesco Ripaccioli, it was evident that I was looking the future of Brunello di Montalcino squarely in the eyes. This young man is the personification of a new generation of vintners and proprietors who will soon inherit this storied winemaking legacy. Francesco's confidence with languages, his clear understanding of his family's patrimony, and his deep commitment to the winemaking process makes him, like many others in his age group, an encouraging symbol of what will come.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar 92 Points
"Deep red. Bright floral red cherry, raspberry and licorice aromas. Fresh and clean, showing sneaky concentration to its ripe red and black cherry and raspberry fruit flavors. Very refined, long Brunello with lovely density and a lingering red cherry aftertaste complicated by loam and underbrush. This wine is clearly dominated by the fruit coming from the La Casaccia vineyard, located right next to the estate's main building in the Canalicchio area (a smaller percentage of the grapes come from the very famous Montosoli vineyard on the other side of the road). This is another estate that one day may well be able to make single-vineyard wines, as tasting from the barrels before the various lots are assembled shows quite clearly. The talented Francesco Ripaccioli is looking into this possibility, "but not just yet: we still have too many young vines, and removing, for example, the Montosoli grapes to make a vineyard-designated wine would only lower the quality of my Brunello, something I don't want to risk. However, once all the vines have reached roughly 15 years of age we may try small-volume production of single-vineyard lots."""A wine with pretty dried-orange and cocoa character, plus ripe cherries. Full body, integrated tannins and juicy finish. Drink or hold."
James Suckling 91 Points
"A wine with pretty dried-orange and cocoa character, plus ripe cherries. Full body, integrated tannins and juicy finish...."
Wine Spectator 90 Points
($64) An elegant, fruity version, exuding cherry, balsamic and earth flavors allied to a vibrant structure. The medium tannins recommend this to a few years of cellaring, but this could be enjoyed now if decanted and paired with a beef or lamb ragù. Best from 2016 through 2024.
Wine Enthusiast 90 Points
Opening aromas recall underbrush, red berry, white mushroom, truffle and thyme with a whiff of leather. The palate offers restrained wild cherry accented with white pepper, mint and sage alongside tightly knit tannins. While the tannins need to unwind, this wine isn’t made for long-term cellaring. Drink 2015–2019.
Made from Sangiovese and aged 36 months in oak casks and one year in the bottle. Brilliantly garnet-colored wine, intense. Harmonious and elegant with a long persistent aroma.
Influenced by the past and the present, Canalicchi di Sopra’s winemaking protocol picks the best of modern and traditional methods to craft an authentic Brunello that speaks of its vineyard’s high altitude and north Montalcino terroir. The 2009 vintage was awarded five stars by the Consozio del Vino de Brunello di Montalcino, marking it an exceptional vintage, and the ’09 Canalicchio di Sopra represents the extraordinary growing year--it’s replete with brambly berries and juicy cherries, the wine wafts with roses, earth, spices and leather, all balanced by pitch-perfect acidity and velvety tannins. Canalicchio Brunello consistently has the advantage of offering a tremendous price-to-quality ratio, but in a vintage like this one, that value jumps into a league of its own.
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