Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

The Vigna Casaccia, which lends its name to a Canalicchio Cru, represents our desire to valorize the uniqueness of a vineyard that is able to maintain its strong identity and quality of being recognizable even in different vintages. Over the years, it has been the vineyard that has shown us how opulence and freshness can coexist in the same bottle. 

Appellation

Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 

Grape Variety

100% Sangiovese 

Altitude

From 315 to 297 masl

Vineyard

Vigna La Casaccia 

Date Planted

1990

Soil

Primarily clay with a good amount of mineral elements, mostly calcium alternating with pebbly soil. These characteristic make wines of great structure, bright colour, depth, and a great elegance that give appealing and silky tannins every year. The ideal location guarantees constant exposure to the sun to the vines from dawn to dusk. 

Training System

Cordon trained and spur pruned

Exposure

N/S

Planting Layout

3,00 meters x1,00 meter

Vinification

In steel tanks with fermentation temperature control, daily soft pumping over. Maceration on the skins for 25 days

Aging

36 months in slavonian Oak casks (2500 liters)

First year of production

2015

Alcohol content

14,5%

Production

3713 bottles by 750 ml 

210 bottles by 1500 ml 

Vintage Climate

From a climactic point of view, 2017 can be defined as very similar to 2012 regarding the weather conditions, where these extremes have certainly become its strong point in terms of pleasantness, opulence, and readiness to drink.
The springtime saw mild temperatures with little rainfall which resulted in an early bud burst and flowering. The early summer months were very hot with above-average temperatures and without rainfall. On one hand, this situation is ideal for plant health with the absence of plant disease; on the other hand, it is of great stress on the vines, which heartily withstood these conditions thanks to the abundant water reserves accumulated after the 2016 harvest, especially in the more clayey terrain of the Canalicchio Cru.
Between the end of July and the end of August, there was rainfall that was fundamental in generating that necessary push for a good veraison, rain that was average in a normal year for a total of 30mm. The grapes were very small in size with a great concentration, and the rain, in addition to a drop to below-average temperatures, allowed for a uniform and balanced veraison creating the base for an early harvest, which was not as early as we had thought in July when the heat and dry conditions were compromising the vines.
The 30mm of rain on September 1 and the 30mm of rain on September 16, the cooling temperatures, and the considerable diurnal temperature range were the turning point in quality of this vintage, factors which did not result in harvesting too early and which did not affect the acidity too much. The acidity remained balanced and relatively high to support the structure, concentration, and alcohol content, guaranteeing balance and elegance in the wines.
The harvest took place during the regular time of year precisely thanks to these weather conditions in September, starting on September 25 and finishing on October 6.
We carried out a double selection - in the vineyard as well as in the cellar on sorting tables to eliminate any imperfections of grapes that had been dried up by the sun in June and July and which would have brought astringency to the tannins and bitterness to the fruit. This selection most certainly influenced the quantity of the harvest for our winery, but it allowed us to maintain our high standards of quality.

Winemaker Notes

2017:The surprising freshness of a warm vintage
In a year, which was extreme in some respects, La Casaccia vineyard confirms our concept of the single vineyard, that is choosing a vineyard which can express all of its uniqueness and personality even over different years, a vineyard which is less susceptible to the climactic conditions of the vintage and able to bring out its nuances and features yet remains faithful to its land. The result is a Casaccia in line with the characteristics of this vineyard where opulence and elegance as well as minerality and sweetness meld together in a wine of great structure with a thick and silky tannic line, enveloping but at the same time deep, lingering, and full-flavoured, with a good vibration.

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2015

98/100

The Canalicchio di Sopra 2015 Brunello di Montalcino La Casaccia represents a new chapter in this estate's long history. This is a single-vineyard expression from the Canalicchio area, one of the most interesting subzones on the northeast side of Montalcino. Giving identity to individual parcels gives an estate like this huge potential for further expression and experimentation. The site is a little over two hectares, and it has dense, mineral-rich clay soils that add more power and a heavier center of gravity. The vines were planted in 1990. I notice slightly firmer tannin here, with a very distinct level of acidity purity. You also get lasting berry fruit favors with blueberry and dried raspberry followed by spice, licorice and lavender buds from the south of France and the rim of the Mediterranean. The wine is distinguished by endnotes of balsam or medicinal herb that grow in strength with time. It offers plenty of volume and weight. Not counting the various large format bottles made, only 3,610 750-milliliter bottles were produced. They were filled in May 2019, and the wine hit the market in January 2020.
- Monica Larner 

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2015

98/100

The 2015 Brunello di Montalcino La Casaccia opens with an intense mix of zesty red fruits, spice and alluring sweet florals, backed by dark earth, crushed stone, hints of licorice, and a twang of savory herbs. On the palate, silky textures are contrasted by saline-minerals and brisk acids, as red berry fruits flood the senses along with savory herbs and spices, leaving a coating of fine-grained tannin. The finish is long, displaying lingering spiced red berries enlivened by resonating acids, saline-mineral tones and a hint of fine tannin. Talk about a great way to release a new single-vineyard bottling, The 2015 is classic to the core.
- Eric Guido 

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2015

100/100

The intensity of fruit is staggering here, as this stacks up dried peaches, dried strawberries, red licorice, red-plum compote and glazed red cherries, in rapid succession. There’s a breadth of flavor to the palate that will take your breath away; muscular tannins draw in deeply set cherries, melding it together in a glistening coating of acidity, which only helps to carry it longer still. The finish is nearly endless. A stunning new single vineyard from Canalicchio di Sopra. Drink from 2026.

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2015

97/100

A significant new release for Canalicchio di Sopra, La Casaccia is a single vineyard close to the winery in the district of Canalicchio, north of the town of Montalcino. Comparing it to his plots in Montosoli, owner Francesco Ripaccioli describes the soil here as a heavier brown clay with lots of magnesium giving more generous growth. It produces a relatively weighty, substantial wine with firm, sturdy tannins and balancing acidity. Notes of sage, tobacco, liquorice root and heather weave through the plush dark currant fruit. Both this and the classic Brunello are equally accomplished, however I suspect La Casaccia may have longer ageing capacity.
- Michaela Morris

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2015

17.5/20

A spectacular wine in every sense: a firm, deep, minerally fruit nose, a composed but full palate with finely chiselled tannins and perfectly integrated juicy acidity. Long and layered and impossible to resist but deserves more bottle age.
- Walter Speller 

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2016

96/100

This is a newish single-vineyard wine (it's the second vintage) created by Francesco Ripaccioli and the team at Canalicchio di Sopra at the conclusion of an ambitious estate-wide mapping project. The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino La Casaccia draws its fruit from a two-hectare site planted in 1990 with clay soils and rich in mineral components. A precious 4,133 bottles were made. What I like most is the tightness of the fruit, which you chip away at slowly as the wine softens and yields in the glass. Each layer brings you forest fruit, sour cherry, almond, lilac and candied orange peel. On a second swirl, you might get black olive, bay leaf and scorched earth. There are subtle mineral notes, but what La Casaccia ultimately offers is that uniquely compact and extremely polished quality of fruit.
-Monica Larner 

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2016

98/100

Lifting up with gorgeous floral perfumes and hints of white smoke, the 2016 Brunello di Montalcino La Casaccia from Canalicchio di Sopra keeps you at the edge of your glass. It opens up with a dark and dramatic display of balsamic-tinged black cherry, sage and Indian spice, contrasted by savory notes of tobacco, rich earth tones and flowery undergrowth. There’s an amazing density of fruit here, offset by salty minerals, zesty acids and a hint of sour citrus. The textures are velvety-smooth, yet the expression remains feminine and lifted. In fact, you can hardly notice its underlying tannic heft until it’s too late, as the 2016 La Casaccia seems to youthfully fold in on itself, halting the expression but promising over a decade of further development.
- Eric Guido 

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2016

96/100

A red with cherry, walnut, bark and hints of dried flowers. It’s full-bodied with firm, chewy tannins and a tight finish. Really reserved now. Needs three or four years to open. Best after 2024.
- James Suckling 

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2016

97/100

English:
Sparkling, dark ruby ​​with a shimmering garnet edge. Compact, somewhat closed nose with notes of dark blackberries and cherries, a fine nougat note in the background. Blooms great on the palate, tightly meshed, substantial tannin, embedded in fine fruit melt, salty and juicy, is still very young, but has a long life ahead of it. 
- Othmar Kiem, Simon Staffler

Deutsche:
Funkelndes, dunkles Rubin mit schillerndem Granatrand. Kompakte, etwas verschlossene Nase mit Noten nach dunklen Brombeeren und Kirschen, im Hintergrund feiner Nougatton. Blüht am Gaumen toll auf, dichtmaschiges, stoffiges Tannin, eingebettet in feinen Fruchtschmelz, salzig und saftig, zeigt sich noch sehr jung, hat aber ein langes Leben vor sich.
- Othmar Kiem, Simon Staffler

 

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2016

96/100

This ripe red is bursting with plum, cherry, floral and mineral aromas and flavors. Succulent and balanced, with savory, sanguine and earthy accents, rolling on through the long, herb-tinged aftertaste. Best from 2024 through 2045. 
- Bruce Sanderson

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2016

99/100

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2016

18.5/20

Lustrous mid ruby. Leafy cherry hints but otherwise quite closed on the nose, yet with a clear sense of purity. Dense, yet elegant and with tangy acidity shooting through the mouth-filling fruit. Firm noble tannins add depth and contour. Real cru pedigree.
- Walter Speller

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2016

97/100

The second release of this single vineyard, La Casaccia was planted in 1990. At an average altitude of 300 metres, it sits on predominantly clay soils and is bathed in sun from morning until evening. This doesn’t have quite the plushness or gregarious personality of the 2015 but takes on the 2016 vintage’s more vertical path, opening slowly. Aromas are evocative of pine, cedar and sage. Full but not weighty, the palate brings in earthy nuances with wild berries.
Acidity is cleansing, and silky tannins build up to a powerful finish.
Drinking Window 2024 - 2040
- Michaela Morris 

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2015

97+/100

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2016

CORONA

Brunello di Montalcino LA CASACCIA 2016 obtained the CORONA, the highest recognition assigned by GUIDA VINI BUONI D'ITALIA 

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2016

97/100

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2017

93/100

This shows the ripeness of the vintage, with ripe-berry, cherry and floral
aromas and flavors. Some cedar, too. It’s full and flavorful, with lots of chewy
yet polished and focused tannins. A little dusty in texture. Drinkable now,
but better in 2023.
- James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2016

19.5/20

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2017

95/100

Nobile ed elegantissimo mostra note miste floreali e fruttate che ricordano i gerani, l’ibisco, le prugne rosse, la buccia di arancia arsa, la china e la terra bagnata. Corpo pieno, tannini perfettamente maturi ed integrati nella matrice ed un finale iconico punto di riferimento per la denominazione nel difficile millesimo. Meglio dal 2023.
- Raffaele Vecchione

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2017

95+/100

The 2017 Brunello di Montalcino La Casaccia is aromatically stunning, blasting up mineral in style, with a dark floral and balsam lift, giving way to licorice, black cherry and hints of camphor. It gains further depth and volume the longer it sits in the glass. The textures are silken, fleshy and pliant at first, as contrasting tart red fruits and minty herbal tones come through, saturating the palate with primary concentration. This is even savory at times and displays smoother contours than past vintages, yet it’s supremely balanced and pure. Repeating minerality comes through in spades and this turns youthfully dry and perfumed, yet still juicy and classic in feel. La Casaccia is a huge success for the vintage.
- Eric Guido 

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2017

96/100

This is where all the recent hard work put by Francesco Ripaccioli and team really comes to light and fruition. La Casaccia is northerly-ish but certainly not Montosoli and yet the aromatic profile of this Vigna-designate Brunello is laced with cool nuance and found to be full of fine finesse. As per the Canalicchio di Sopra idiom there is plenty of wood casking through the bones of the wine and yet one can feel the highest quality of those large vessels gifting a select strength leading to the chic style, surely to be followed by one and the half decades of aging. All what needs, what is and must be for La Casaccia. Drink 2023-2030. Tasted November 2021. 
- Michael Godel 

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2017

97/100

Da uve brunello, matura in botti da 30 hl per almeno 24 mesi. Classico rubino. Olfatto nitido e intenso su ciliegie nere mature e more. Una leggera affumicatura che introduce erbe officinali che danno freschezza. Trama e progressione fitte, nervose con tannino giovanile ma perfettamente integrato. Ottimo il finale per lunghezza e sobrietà. La zona nordica esprime le sue caratteristiche anche in annate torride ma qui c’e il trucco: piovve a metà settembre.
- Riccardo Viscardi

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2017

98/100

A great release of Brunello from the northeast slope of the denomination. Nose of freshness and finesse, notes of raspberry, touches of fresh marjoram and undergrowth. The mouthfeel is juicy-savoury, dense, with a nice spicy finish and persistence.
- Luca Gardini 

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2017

94/100

Within the Canalicchio area, the Casaccia vineyard boasts a high clay content, which helped curb water stress in 2017. As with all Canalicchio di Sopra’s wines, the grapes were double-sorted to remove any green or sun-dried berries. Pristine in aromas and flavours, this offers clove, cardamom, mint and sweet dark earth on a backdrop of black cherries. The ample, mouth-filling palate is hemmed in by compact, sandy tannins. Underlying succulence makes this quite moreish. Drinking Window 2024 - 2032
- Michaela Morris

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2017

96/100

This is a relatively new addition to the Canalicchio di Sopra portfolio, and even its modern graphic label design represents a break from the rest of the line, which has more nostalgic labels that feature Montalcino's medieval main square. The 2017 Brunello di Montalcino La Casaccia takes a little longer to open, but it ultimately reveals the elegance and energy that comes with the house style. Wild cherry, ash and balsam herb drive a long, very polished finish. The La Casaccia site is distinguished by mineral-rich clay soils, which give this wine its power and density. Production is limited to 4,133 bottles in this vintage
- Monica Larner

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2017

96/100

Inviting aromas of baked plum, violet, baking spice and sun-warmed hay come to the forefront along with a whiff of leather. The enveloping palate is delicious, delivering ripe Marasca cherry, raspberry compote, licorice and nutmeg framed in tightly woven, polished tannins that lend finesse and a smooth texture. Drink 2024–2029.
-Kerin O’Keefe

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2017

93/100

Black cherry and blackberry flavors hold court in this dense, yet vibrant red, which is defined by brisk acidity. Stays beautifully integrated, harmonious and long, while earth and savory herb accents add depth. This should really sing in about 2-3 years. Best from 2024 through 2040.
- Bruce Sanderson

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2017

17/20

Just mid ruby with orange tinges. A subdued nose with malt-bread notes. Needs to take a very deep breath, while revealing oak hints. The palate displays fragrant marasca-cherry fruit balanced by supple acidity. Very long, concentrated and with beautiful, coating tannins.
- Walter Speller 

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2017

94wp/100

Profondo, un po' tabacco, catrame e un po' nocciola, aroma di bacche nere e rosse mature con sfumature floreali secche che ricordano i petali di rosa e un po' di note eteree. Crostata, matura, frutta piuttosto scura, aromi di noce e legno leggermente speziato di cacao, note pepate e di ginepro, mineralità salata, con tutta la sua potenza anche note rinfrescanti, buona profondità, struttura ferma, abbastanza complesso, ma trasparente e lucido, ancora giovane, molto buono, fermo, crostata e finale speziato.

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2017

94/100

Reviewed by Othmar Kiem, Simon Staffler

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

The Vigna Casaccia, which lends its name to a Canalicchio Cru, represents our desire to valorize the uniqueness of a vineyard that is able to maintain its strong identity and quality of being recognizable even in different vintages. Over the years, it has been the vineyard that has shown us how opulence and freshness can coexist in the same bottle. 

Appellation

Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 

Grape Variety

100% Sangiovese 

Altitude

From 315 to 297 masl

Vineyard

Vigna La Casaccia 

Date Planted

1990

Soil

Primarily clay with a good amount of mineral elements, mostly calcium alternating with pebbly soil. These characteristic make wines of great structure, bright colour, depth, and a great elegance that give appealing and silky tannins every year. The ideal location guarantees constant exposure to the sun to the vines from dawn to dusk. 

Training System

Cordon trained and spur pruned

Exposure

N/S

Planting Layout

3,00 meters x1,00 meter

Vinification

In steel tanks with fermentation temperature control, daily soft pumping over. Maceration on the skins for 25 days

Aging

36 months in slavonian Oak casks (2500 liters)

First year of production

2015

Alcohol content

14,5%

Production

3763 bottles by 750 ml 

185 bottles by 1500 ml 

Vintage Climate

The climactic conditions for the 2016 vintage can be summed up as balanced tending to warm without reaching torrid temperatures during the day in the summer months, having significant diurnal temperature ranges, conditions which favoured a perfect polyphenolic maturation while maintaining sustained acidity levels and giving the wines that balance which is found in exceptional vintages, between sweetness and sapidity, acidity and opulence.

From the first of January to mid-March, there was about 220mm of rainfall evenly distributed throughout that period which resulted in a good water reserve for the following months. This regular rainfall which had no damaging effects completely penetrated the soil thus creating an excellent reserve for the hottest season of the year.

During the month of January, we had twelve solid days of below zero daily minimum temperatures helping eliminate spores and mildew which had accumulated over the previous year, optimal conditions for the rebirth of the vines in optimal phytosanitary conditions.

The beginning of March was mostly cool with minimum night temperatures, and this naturally slowed down the budbreak which started around mid-March ensuring a regular harvest time.

Until April 20, the temperatures were mild during the day and cool at night with significant temperature ranges and without rainfall. The mild temperatures along with the good water reserve, which had accumulated in the soil during the winter months, favoured regular and homogenous vine growth, and we carried out a bud selection at the beginning of May. From April 23 to 25, we had three days of heavy rainfall in terms of the quantity for a total of about 45mm, which did not have any negative effects on the vine health as it was immediately followed by a decrease in temperature and especially by the northern/north-eastern winds which immediately dried the air rendering it unfavourable for any mildew diseases of the vines.

The month of May was rainy with a total of about 100mm of rain, accompanied by cooler than average temperatures which slowed down the vines without compromising their health. The rain later proved fundamental during the driest months of July and August.
The month of June saw only two rainstorms with average seasonal amounts of rainfall.
July and August were two perfect months for the maturation of Sangiovese grapes with warm but not excessively hot temperatures during the day (never above 35°C) and cool at night. These significant diurnal temperature ranges favoured a slow continual maturation and especially resulted in a thick skin with great quantities of polyphenols. 

From budbreak to harvest, there was about 450mm of rainfall, an ideal amount considering that about 40mm fell in the month of September 15 days before the harvest, which is by no means a negligible amount but which in no way affected the quality of the grapes because of its very resistant skin and because the rainfall was immediately followed by winds from the north/north-east. The rainfall on September 18 essentially washed the grapes so that they would then come into the cellar in perfect condition.

The total amount of rainfall from the beginning of the year until the harvest was just under 700mm, optimal conditions for a great vintage.

The temperature analysis is interesting as it is characterised by two main factors:

  • In the 2016 vintage, the heat sum index during the vegetative period of the vines until the harvest reached an optimal level for Sangiovese in Montalcino at 2300-2500 degrees on the Huglin Index, which guaranteed a perfect polyphenolic maturation giving the wines great structure and depth.
  • The Fregoni Index, the sum of the difference between the maximum daytime temperature and the minimum nighttime temperature during the 30 days before the harvest, reached very high levels. This index shows the diurnal temperature ranges in the month before the harvest, fundamental conditions which gave the 2016 wines a strong aromatic expressivity, maintaining the acidity levels, both important factors that guarantee greater longevity in the wine.

 In summary, there were three fundamental types of climactic conditions which took place at the same time and at the most favorable time which ensured a great vintage

  • Perfect insolation (2300-2500 Huglin Index)
  • Optimal total amount of rainfall, at the most opportune times for the vines and in a regular way during its vegetative phase (650-700mm – only 450mm during the vegetative phase)
  • Significant diurnal temperature ranges throughout the entire vegetative phase, accentuated in the 30 days before the harvest (490-500 Fregoni Index)

All vineyards were harvested in a short period of time from September 27 to October 5, another piece of data which shows perfect regularity in the maturation.

Winemaker Notes

ENERGY AND ELEGANCE:
The 2016 LA CASACCIA Brunello di Montalcino DOCG celebrates the energy and dynamism of this vineyard in a version of pure elegance. The strong identity of this vineyard, which expresses itself in its balance of opulence, velvetiness, and strong minerality, is underlined by a vintage which exalts its terroir in a clear and identifiable way, offering us the chance to further highlight the qualities of a vineyard which has a strong character.

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2015

98/100

The Canalicchio di Sopra 2015 Brunello di Montalcino La Casaccia represents a new chapter in this estate's long history. This is a single-vineyard expression from the Canalicchio area, one of the most interesting subzones on the northeast side of Montalcino. Giving identity to individual parcels gives an estate like this huge potential for further expression and experimentation. The site is a little over two hectares, and it has dense, mineral-rich clay soils that add more power and a heavier center of gravity. The vines were planted in 1990. I notice slightly firmer tannin here, with a very distinct level of acidity purity. You also get lasting berry fruit favors with blueberry and dried raspberry followed by spice, licorice and lavender buds from the south of France and the rim of the Mediterranean. The wine is distinguished by endnotes of balsam or medicinal herb that grow in strength with time. It offers plenty of volume and weight. Not counting the various large format bottles made, only 3,610 750-milliliter bottles were produced. They were filled in May 2019, and the wine hit the market in January 2020.
- Monica Larner 

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2015

98/100

The 2015 Brunello di Montalcino La Casaccia opens with an intense mix of zesty red fruits, spice and alluring sweet florals, backed by dark earth, crushed stone, hints of licorice, and a twang of savory herbs. On the palate, silky textures are contrasted by saline-minerals and brisk acids, as red berry fruits flood the senses along with savory herbs and spices, leaving a coating of fine-grained tannin. The finish is long, displaying lingering spiced red berries enlivened by resonating acids, saline-mineral tones and a hint of fine tannin. Talk about a great way to release a new single-vineyard bottling, The 2015 is classic to the core.
- Eric Guido 

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2015

100/100

The intensity of fruit is staggering here, as this stacks up dried peaches, dried strawberries, red licorice, red-plum compote and glazed red cherries, in rapid succession. There’s a breadth of flavor to the palate that will take your breath away; muscular tannins draw in deeply set cherries, melding it together in a glistening coating of acidity, which only helps to carry it longer still. The finish is nearly endless. A stunning new single vineyard from Canalicchio di Sopra. Drink from 2026.

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2015

97/100

A significant new release for Canalicchio di Sopra, La Casaccia is a single vineyard close to the winery in the district of Canalicchio, north of the town of Montalcino. Comparing it to his plots in Montosoli, owner Francesco Ripaccioli describes the soil here as a heavier brown clay with lots of magnesium giving more generous growth. It produces a relatively weighty, substantial wine with firm, sturdy tannins and balancing acidity. Notes of sage, tobacco, liquorice root and heather weave through the plush dark currant fruit. Both this and the classic Brunello are equally accomplished, however I suspect La Casaccia may have longer ageing capacity.
- Michaela Morris

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2015

17.5/20

A spectacular wine in every sense: a firm, deep, minerally fruit nose, a composed but full palate with finely chiselled tannins and perfectly integrated juicy acidity. Long and layered and impossible to resist but deserves more bottle age.
- Walter Speller 

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2016

96/100

This is a newish single-vineyard wine (it's the second vintage) created by Francesco Ripaccioli and the team at Canalicchio di Sopra at the conclusion of an ambitious estate-wide mapping project. The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino La Casaccia draws its fruit from a two-hectare site planted in 1990 with clay soils and rich in mineral components. A precious 4,133 bottles were made. What I like most is the tightness of the fruit, which you chip away at slowly as the wine softens and yields in the glass. Each layer brings you forest fruit, sour cherry, almond, lilac and candied orange peel. On a second swirl, you might get black olive, bay leaf and scorched earth. There are subtle mineral notes, but what La Casaccia ultimately offers is that uniquely compact and extremely polished quality of fruit.
-Monica Larner 

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2016

98/100

Lifting up with gorgeous floral perfumes and hints of white smoke, the 2016 Brunello di Montalcino La Casaccia from Canalicchio di Sopra keeps you at the edge of your glass. It opens up with a dark and dramatic display of balsamic-tinged black cherry, sage and Indian spice, contrasted by savory notes of tobacco, rich earth tones and flowery undergrowth. There’s an amazing density of fruit here, offset by salty minerals, zesty acids and a hint of sour citrus. The textures are velvety-smooth, yet the expression remains feminine and lifted. In fact, you can hardly notice its underlying tannic heft until it’s too late, as the 2016 La Casaccia seems to youthfully fold in on itself, halting the expression but promising over a decade of further development.
- Eric Guido 

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2016

96/100

A red with cherry, walnut, bark and hints of dried flowers. It’s full-bodied with firm, chewy tannins and a tight finish. Really reserved now. Needs three or four years to open. Best after 2024.
- James Suckling 

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2016

97/100

English:
Sparkling, dark ruby ​​with a shimmering garnet edge. Compact, somewhat closed nose with notes of dark blackberries and cherries, a fine nougat note in the background. Blooms great on the palate, tightly meshed, substantial tannin, embedded in fine fruit melt, salty and juicy, is still very young, but has a long life ahead of it. 
- Othmar Kiem, Simon Staffler

Deutsche:
Funkelndes, dunkles Rubin mit schillerndem Granatrand. Kompakte, etwas verschlossene Nase mit Noten nach dunklen Brombeeren und Kirschen, im Hintergrund feiner Nougatton. Blüht am Gaumen toll auf, dichtmaschiges, stoffiges Tannin, eingebettet in feinen Fruchtschmelz, salzig und saftig, zeigt sich noch sehr jung, hat aber ein langes Leben vor sich.
- Othmar Kiem, Simon Staffler

 

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2016

96/100

This ripe red is bursting with plum, cherry, floral and mineral aromas and flavors. Succulent and balanced, with savory, sanguine and earthy accents, rolling on through the long, herb-tinged aftertaste. Best from 2024 through 2045. 
- Bruce Sanderson

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2016

99/100

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2016

18.5/20

Lustrous mid ruby. Leafy cherry hints but otherwise quite closed on the nose, yet with a clear sense of purity. Dense, yet elegant and with tangy acidity shooting through the mouth-filling fruit. Firm noble tannins add depth and contour. Real cru pedigree.
- Walter Speller

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2016

97/100

The second release of this single vineyard, La Casaccia was planted in 1990. At an average altitude of 300 metres, it sits on predominantly clay soils and is bathed in sun from morning until evening. This doesn’t have quite the plushness or gregarious personality of the 2015 but takes on the 2016 vintage’s more vertical path, opening slowly. Aromas are evocative of pine, cedar and sage. Full but not weighty, the palate brings in earthy nuances with wild berries.
Acidity is cleansing, and silky tannins build up to a powerful finish.
Drinking Window 2024 - 2040
- Michaela Morris 

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2015

97+/100

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2016

CORONA

Brunello di Montalcino LA CASACCIA 2016 obtained the CORONA, the highest recognition assigned by GUIDA VINI BUONI D'ITALIA 

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2016

97/100

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2017

93/100

This shows the ripeness of the vintage, with ripe-berry, cherry and floral
aromas and flavors. Some cedar, too. It’s full and flavorful, with lots of chewy
yet polished and focused tannins. A little dusty in texture. Drinkable now,
but better in 2023.
- James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2016

19.5/20

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2017

95/100

Nobile ed elegantissimo mostra note miste floreali e fruttate che ricordano i gerani, l’ibisco, le prugne rosse, la buccia di arancia arsa, la china e la terra bagnata. Corpo pieno, tannini perfettamente maturi ed integrati nella matrice ed un finale iconico punto di riferimento per la denominazione nel difficile millesimo. Meglio dal 2023.
- Raffaele Vecchione

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2017

95+/100

The 2017 Brunello di Montalcino La Casaccia is aromatically stunning, blasting up mineral in style, with a dark floral and balsam lift, giving way to licorice, black cherry and hints of camphor. It gains further depth and volume the longer it sits in the glass. The textures are silken, fleshy and pliant at first, as contrasting tart red fruits and minty herbal tones come through, saturating the palate with primary concentration. This is even savory at times and displays smoother contours than past vintages, yet it’s supremely balanced and pure. Repeating minerality comes through in spades and this turns youthfully dry and perfumed, yet still juicy and classic in feel. La Casaccia is a huge success for the vintage.
- Eric Guido 

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2017

96/100

This is where all the recent hard work put by Francesco Ripaccioli and team really comes to light and fruition. La Casaccia is northerly-ish but certainly not Montosoli and yet the aromatic profile of this Vigna-designate Brunello is laced with cool nuance and found to be full of fine finesse. As per the Canalicchio di Sopra idiom there is plenty of wood casking through the bones of the wine and yet one can feel the highest quality of those large vessels gifting a select strength leading to the chic style, surely to be followed by one and the half decades of aging. All what needs, what is and must be for La Casaccia. Drink 2023-2030. Tasted November 2021. 
- Michael Godel 

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2017

97/100

Da uve brunello, matura in botti da 30 hl per almeno 24 mesi. Classico rubino. Olfatto nitido e intenso su ciliegie nere mature e more. Una leggera affumicatura che introduce erbe officinali che danno freschezza. Trama e progressione fitte, nervose con tannino giovanile ma perfettamente integrato. Ottimo il finale per lunghezza e sobrietà. La zona nordica esprime le sue caratteristiche anche in annate torride ma qui c’e il trucco: piovve a metà settembre.
- Riccardo Viscardi

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2017

98/100

A great release of Brunello from the northeast slope of the denomination. Nose of freshness and finesse, notes of raspberry, touches of fresh marjoram and undergrowth. The mouthfeel is juicy-savoury, dense, with a nice spicy finish and persistence.
- Luca Gardini 

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2017

94/100

Within the Canalicchio area, the Casaccia vineyard boasts a high clay content, which helped curb water stress in 2017. As with all Canalicchio di Sopra’s wines, the grapes were double-sorted to remove any green or sun-dried berries. Pristine in aromas and flavours, this offers clove, cardamom, mint and sweet dark earth on a backdrop of black cherries. The ample, mouth-filling palate is hemmed in by compact, sandy tannins. Underlying succulence makes this quite moreish. Drinking Window 2024 - 2032
- Michaela Morris

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2017

96/100

This is a relatively new addition to the Canalicchio di Sopra portfolio, and even its modern graphic label design represents a break from the rest of the line, which has more nostalgic labels that feature Montalcino's medieval main square. The 2017 Brunello di Montalcino La Casaccia takes a little longer to open, but it ultimately reveals the elegance and energy that comes with the house style. Wild cherry, ash and balsam herb drive a long, very polished finish. The La Casaccia site is distinguished by mineral-rich clay soils, which give this wine its power and density. Production is limited to 4,133 bottles in this vintage
- Monica Larner

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2017

96/100

Inviting aromas of baked plum, violet, baking spice and sun-warmed hay come to the forefront along with a whiff of leather. The enveloping palate is delicious, delivering ripe Marasca cherry, raspberry compote, licorice and nutmeg framed in tightly woven, polished tannins that lend finesse and a smooth texture. Drink 2024–2029.
-Kerin O’Keefe

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2017

93/100

Black cherry and blackberry flavors hold court in this dense, yet vibrant red, which is defined by brisk acidity. Stays beautifully integrated, harmonious and long, while earth and savory herb accents add depth. This should really sing in about 2-3 years. Best from 2024 through 2040.
- Bruce Sanderson

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2017

17/20

Just mid ruby with orange tinges. A subdued nose with malt-bread notes. Needs to take a very deep breath, while revealing oak hints. The palate displays fragrant marasca-cherry fruit balanced by supple acidity. Very long, concentrated and with beautiful, coating tannins.
- Walter Speller 

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2017

94wp/100

Profondo, un po' tabacco, catrame e un po' nocciola, aroma di bacche nere e rosse mature con sfumature floreali secche che ricordano i petali di rosa e un po' di note eteree. Crostata, matura, frutta piuttosto scura, aromi di noce e legno leggermente speziato di cacao, note pepate e di ginepro, mineralità salata, con tutta la sua potenza anche note rinfrescanti, buona profondità, struttura ferma, abbastanza complesso, ma trasparente e lucido, ancora giovane, molto buono, fermo, crostata e finale speziato.

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2017

94/100

Reviewed by Othmar Kiem, Simon Staffler

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

The Vigna Casaccia, which lends its name to a Canalicchio Cru, represents our desire to valorize the uniqueness of a vineyard that is able to maintain its strong identity and quality of being recognizable even in different vintages. Over the years, it has been the vineyard that has shown us how opulence and freshness can coexist in the same bottle. 

Appellation

Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 

Grape Variety

100% Sangiovese 

Altitude

From 315 to 297 masl

Vineyard

Vigna La Casaccia 

Date Planted

1990

Soil

Primarily clay with a good amount of mineral elements, mostly calcium alternating with pebbly soil. These characteristic make wines of great structure, bright colour, depth, and a great elegance that give appealing and silky tannins every year. The ideal location guarantees constant exposure to the sun to the vines from dawn to dusk. 

Training System

Cordon trained and spur pruned

Exposure

N/S

Planting Layout

3,00 meters x1,00 meter

Vinification

In steel tanks with fermentation temperature control, daily soft pumping over. Maceration on the skins for 25 days

Aging

36 months in slavonian Oak casks (2500 liters)

First year of production

2015

Alcohol content

14,5%

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2015

98/100

The Canalicchio di Sopra 2015 Brunello di Montalcino La Casaccia represents a new chapter in this estate's long history. This is a single-vineyard expression from the Canalicchio area, one of the most interesting subzones on the northeast side of Montalcino. Giving identity to individual parcels gives an estate like this huge potential for further expression and experimentation. The site is a little over two hectares, and it has dense, mineral-rich clay soils that add more power and a heavier center of gravity. The vines were planted in 1990. I notice slightly firmer tannin here, with a very distinct level of acidity purity. You also get lasting berry fruit favors with blueberry and dried raspberry followed by spice, licorice and lavender buds from the south of France and the rim of the Mediterranean. The wine is distinguished by endnotes of balsam or medicinal herb that grow in strength with time. It offers plenty of volume and weight. Not counting the various large format bottles made, only 3,610 750-milliliter bottles were produced. They were filled in May 2019, and the wine hit the market in January 2020.
- Monica Larner 

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2015

98/100

The 2015 Brunello di Montalcino La Casaccia opens with an intense mix of zesty red fruits, spice and alluring sweet florals, backed by dark earth, crushed stone, hints of licorice, and a twang of savory herbs. On the palate, silky textures are contrasted by saline-minerals and brisk acids, as red berry fruits flood the senses along with savory herbs and spices, leaving a coating of fine-grained tannin. The finish is long, displaying lingering spiced red berries enlivened by resonating acids, saline-mineral tones and a hint of fine tannin. Talk about a great way to release a new single-vineyard bottling, The 2015 is classic to the core.
- Eric Guido 

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2015

100/100

The intensity of fruit is staggering here, as this stacks up dried peaches, dried strawberries, red licorice, red-plum compote and glazed red cherries, in rapid succession. There’s a breadth of flavor to the palate that will take your breath away; muscular tannins draw in deeply set cherries, melding it together in a glistening coating of acidity, which only helps to carry it longer still. The finish is nearly endless. A stunning new single vineyard from Canalicchio di Sopra. Drink from 2026.

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2015

97/100

A significant new release for Canalicchio di Sopra, La Casaccia is a single vineyard close to the winery in the district of Canalicchio, north of the town of Montalcino. Comparing it to his plots in Montosoli, owner Francesco Ripaccioli describes the soil here as a heavier brown clay with lots of magnesium giving more generous growth. It produces a relatively weighty, substantial wine with firm, sturdy tannins and balancing acidity. Notes of sage, tobacco, liquorice root and heather weave through the plush dark currant fruit. Both this and the classic Brunello are equally accomplished, however I suspect La Casaccia may have longer ageing capacity.
- Michaela Morris

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2015

17.5/20

A spectacular wine in every sense: a firm, deep, minerally fruit nose, a composed but full palate with finely chiselled tannins and perfectly integrated juicy acidity. Long and layered and impossible to resist but deserves more bottle age.
- Walter Speller 

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2016

96/100

This is a newish single-vineyard wine (it's the second vintage) created by Francesco Ripaccioli and the team at Canalicchio di Sopra at the conclusion of an ambitious estate-wide mapping project. The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino La Casaccia draws its fruit from a two-hectare site planted in 1990 with clay soils and rich in mineral components. A precious 4,133 bottles were made. What I like most is the tightness of the fruit, which you chip away at slowly as the wine softens and yields in the glass. Each layer brings you forest fruit, sour cherry, almond, lilac and candied orange peel. On a second swirl, you might get black olive, bay leaf and scorched earth. There are subtle mineral notes, but what La Casaccia ultimately offers is that uniquely compact and extremely polished quality of fruit.
-Monica Larner 

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2016

98/100

Lifting up with gorgeous floral perfumes and hints of white smoke, the 2016 Brunello di Montalcino La Casaccia from Canalicchio di Sopra keeps you at the edge of your glass. It opens up with a dark and dramatic display of balsamic-tinged black cherry, sage and Indian spice, contrasted by savory notes of tobacco, rich earth tones and flowery undergrowth. There’s an amazing density of fruit here, offset by salty minerals, zesty acids and a hint of sour citrus. The textures are velvety-smooth, yet the expression remains feminine and lifted. In fact, you can hardly notice its underlying tannic heft until it’s too late, as the 2016 La Casaccia seems to youthfully fold in on itself, halting the expression but promising over a decade of further development.
- Eric Guido 

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2016

96/100

A red with cherry, walnut, bark and hints of dried flowers. It’s full-bodied with firm, chewy tannins and a tight finish. Really reserved now. Needs three or four years to open. Best after 2024.
- James Suckling 

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2016

97/100

English:
Sparkling, dark ruby ​​with a shimmering garnet edge. Compact, somewhat closed nose with notes of dark blackberries and cherries, a fine nougat note in the background. Blooms great on the palate, tightly meshed, substantial tannin, embedded in fine fruit melt, salty and juicy, is still very young, but has a long life ahead of it. 
- Othmar Kiem, Simon Staffler

Deutsche:
Funkelndes, dunkles Rubin mit schillerndem Granatrand. Kompakte, etwas verschlossene Nase mit Noten nach dunklen Brombeeren und Kirschen, im Hintergrund feiner Nougatton. Blüht am Gaumen toll auf, dichtmaschiges, stoffiges Tannin, eingebettet in feinen Fruchtschmelz, salzig und saftig, zeigt sich noch sehr jung, hat aber ein langes Leben vor sich.
- Othmar Kiem, Simon Staffler

 

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2016

96/100

This ripe red is bursting with plum, cherry, floral and mineral aromas and flavors. Succulent and balanced, with savory, sanguine and earthy accents, rolling on through the long, herb-tinged aftertaste. Best from 2024 through 2045. 
- Bruce Sanderson

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2016

99/100

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2016

18.5/20

Lustrous mid ruby. Leafy cherry hints but otherwise quite closed on the nose, yet with a clear sense of purity. Dense, yet elegant and with tangy acidity shooting through the mouth-filling fruit. Firm noble tannins add depth and contour. Real cru pedigree.
- Walter Speller

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2016

97/100

The second release of this single vineyard, La Casaccia was planted in 1990. At an average altitude of 300 metres, it sits on predominantly clay soils and is bathed in sun from morning until evening. This doesn’t have quite the plushness or gregarious personality of the 2015 but takes on the 2016 vintage’s more vertical path, opening slowly. Aromas are evocative of pine, cedar and sage. Full but not weighty, the palate brings in earthy nuances with wild berries.
Acidity is cleansing, and silky tannins build up to a powerful finish.
Drinking Window 2024 - 2040
- Michaela Morris 

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2015

97+/100

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2016

CORONA

Brunello di Montalcino LA CASACCIA 2016 obtained the CORONA, the highest recognition assigned by GUIDA VINI BUONI D'ITALIA 

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2016

97/100

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2017

93/100

This shows the ripeness of the vintage, with ripe-berry, cherry and floral
aromas and flavors. Some cedar, too. It’s full and flavorful, with lots of chewy
yet polished and focused tannins. A little dusty in texture. Drinkable now,
but better in 2023.
- James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2016

19.5/20

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2017

95/100

Nobile ed elegantissimo mostra note miste floreali e fruttate che ricordano i gerani, l’ibisco, le prugne rosse, la buccia di arancia arsa, la china e la terra bagnata. Corpo pieno, tannini perfettamente maturi ed integrati nella matrice ed un finale iconico punto di riferimento per la denominazione nel difficile millesimo. Meglio dal 2023.
- Raffaele Vecchione

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2017

95+/100

The 2017 Brunello di Montalcino La Casaccia is aromatically stunning, blasting up mineral in style, with a dark floral and balsam lift, giving way to licorice, black cherry and hints of camphor. It gains further depth and volume the longer it sits in the glass. The textures are silken, fleshy and pliant at first, as contrasting tart red fruits and minty herbal tones come through, saturating the palate with primary concentration. This is even savory at times and displays smoother contours than past vintages, yet it’s supremely balanced and pure. Repeating minerality comes through in spades and this turns youthfully dry and perfumed, yet still juicy and classic in feel. La Casaccia is a huge success for the vintage.
- Eric Guido 

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2017

96/100

This is where all the recent hard work put by Francesco Ripaccioli and team really comes to light and fruition. La Casaccia is northerly-ish but certainly not Montosoli and yet the aromatic profile of this Vigna-designate Brunello is laced with cool nuance and found to be full of fine finesse. As per the Canalicchio di Sopra idiom there is plenty of wood casking through the bones of the wine and yet one can feel the highest quality of those large vessels gifting a select strength leading to the chic style, surely to be followed by one and the half decades of aging. All what needs, what is and must be for La Casaccia. Drink 2023-2030. Tasted November 2021. 
- Michael Godel 

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2017

97/100

Da uve brunello, matura in botti da 30 hl per almeno 24 mesi. Classico rubino. Olfatto nitido e intenso su ciliegie nere mature e more. Una leggera affumicatura che introduce erbe officinali che danno freschezza. Trama e progressione fitte, nervose con tannino giovanile ma perfettamente integrato. Ottimo il finale per lunghezza e sobrietà. La zona nordica esprime le sue caratteristiche anche in annate torride ma qui c’e il trucco: piovve a metà settembre.
- Riccardo Viscardi

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2017

98/100

A great release of Brunello from the northeast slope of the denomination. Nose of freshness and finesse, notes of raspberry, touches of fresh marjoram and undergrowth. The mouthfeel is juicy-savoury, dense, with a nice spicy finish and persistence.
- Luca Gardini 

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2017

94/100

Within the Canalicchio area, the Casaccia vineyard boasts a high clay content, which helped curb water stress in 2017. As with all Canalicchio di Sopra’s wines, the grapes were double-sorted to remove any green or sun-dried berries. Pristine in aromas and flavours, this offers clove, cardamom, mint and sweet dark earth on a backdrop of black cherries. The ample, mouth-filling palate is hemmed in by compact, sandy tannins. Underlying succulence makes this quite moreish. Drinking Window 2024 - 2032
- Michaela Morris

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2017

96/100

This is a relatively new addition to the Canalicchio di Sopra portfolio, and even its modern graphic label design represents a break from the rest of the line, which has more nostalgic labels that feature Montalcino's medieval main square. The 2017 Brunello di Montalcino La Casaccia takes a little longer to open, but it ultimately reveals the elegance and energy that comes with the house style. Wild cherry, ash and balsam herb drive a long, very polished finish. The La Casaccia site is distinguished by mineral-rich clay soils, which give this wine its power and density. Production is limited to 4,133 bottles in this vintage
- Monica Larner

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2017

96/100

Inviting aromas of baked plum, violet, baking spice and sun-warmed hay come to the forefront along with a whiff of leather. The enveloping palate is delicious, delivering ripe Marasca cherry, raspberry compote, licorice and nutmeg framed in tightly woven, polished tannins that lend finesse and a smooth texture. Drink 2024–2029.
-Kerin O’Keefe

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2017

93/100

Black cherry and blackberry flavors hold court in this dense, yet vibrant red, which is defined by brisk acidity. Stays beautifully integrated, harmonious and long, while earth and savory herb accents add depth. This should really sing in about 2-3 years. Best from 2024 through 2040.
- Bruce Sanderson

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2017

17/20

Just mid ruby with orange tinges. A subdued nose with malt-bread notes. Needs to take a very deep breath, while revealing oak hints. The palate displays fragrant marasca-cherry fruit balanced by supple acidity. Very long, concentrated and with beautiful, coating tannins.
- Walter Speller 

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2017

94wp/100

Profondo, un po' tabacco, catrame e un po' nocciola, aroma di bacche nere e rosse mature con sfumature floreali secche che ricordano i petali di rosa e un po' di note eteree. Crostata, matura, frutta piuttosto scura, aromi di noce e legno leggermente speziato di cacao, note pepate e di ginepro, mineralità salata, con tutta la sua potenza anche note rinfrescanti, buona profondità, struttura ferma, abbastanza complesso, ma trasparente e lucido, ancora giovane, molto buono, fermo, crostata e finale speziato.

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2017

94/100

Reviewed by Othmar Kiem, Simon Staffler