Presenting the 2012 vintage in Montalcino, I am reminded of the many fears and worries that the 2012 vintage reserved for us. Today, seeing it being put to the test on the market, in the press, and among our most loyal drinkers makes me breath a sigh of relief for the surprising result that has been achieved.
We always work carefully to strongly uphold the concept that we have of terroir, and it is for this reason that vintages which are climatically different express themselves in completely different ways, sometimes surprising ones.
The Concept of a Great Vintage:
For us, a great vintage means offering an elegant balance in our wines where strength, concentration, minerality, and acidity may come together in an enveloping and opulent dance.Not all great vintages follow the same path to grandeur: there are years in which the path is perfect and linear such as in 2010, and then there are vintages like 2012 where the seasonal and agronomic path is more tortuous, sometimes even extreme, and where the winemaker is called upon to interpret, understand, and dare.
The Surprising Balance of an Extreme Vintage
The 2012 Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino DOCG is the synthesis of the climactic conditions of the vintage and of the choice in vineyards used for this wine. Grapes from the estate cru (50% Canalicchio and 50% Montosoli) were used. The balanced that was achieved is based on a pleasant contrast between the warm and cool periods of the year: from the minerality in the mouth, typical of a fresher year, that contrasts the opulence and the sweeter fullness on the nose, typical of a warmer year. Elegant and silky tannins that give depth to the wine. The acidity, integrated and balanced yet present and vibrant, give the vintage the prospect of a long refining in the bottle.