Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

Produced from vineyards which are over 10 years old, it represents the essence of our concept of terroir: an expression of elegance, depth, and freshness of our Sangiovese, able to unite its balsamic quality of the north side of Montalcino with the opulence of our lands.

Wine type

DOCG

Grape variety

Sangiovese 100%

Altitude

Average of 300 Meters Above Sea Level

Soil type

The vintage Brunello di Montalcino "Canalicchio di Sopra" is the result of a blend of two different soils: Terrain with a marked clay component, very rich in intermediate elements such as Magnesium, Iron and Manganese characteristic of the Cru Canalicchio and a "galestro" soil high with a very high mineral component, loamy texture with a high presence of silt, characteristic of the Cru Montosoli.

The blend favors wines of great minerality and sapidity, supported by excellent acidity ideal for long aging.

Training System

Cordon trained and spur pruned (Spurrend cordon)

Vineyard

Grapes from the two estate Crus were used to make this wine (Canalicchio 40% and Montosoli 60%): the choice to increase Montosoli over the traditional 50/50 is due to the better concentration in the grapes in this area.

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 and 5000 Liters)

First year of production

1966

Production

2267 Bottles by 375 ml

30150 Bottles by750 ml                                                                                

1014 Bottles by 1500 ml

100 Bottles by 3 Liters

50 Bottles by 5 Liters

15 Bottles by 12 liters

Alcohol content

14.50%

Vintage climate

2013 is one of the recent vintages during which the weather trends were constant, similar to typical vintages from the 90s in some ways. The right amount of rain at regular intervals and winter temperatures that were in line with the season permitted the vegetal development of the plants to be in perfect timing and in line with the season, creating the initial conditions for a traditional harvest at the end of September. The summer months featured fresh temperatures without high temperature peaks and, most especially, accentuated diurnal temperature ranges, which favoured important polyphenolic maturation protecting the acidity, an important requirement for wines to age.

September started with some rain, which did not compromise the quality of the grapes in any way but only slightly postponed the timing of the harvest. A late harvest compared to what we have been used to in recent years surely has the advantage of bringing to the cellar grapes that are fresh and capable of holding the fragrance of the tannins and balancing its aromatic components to the more floral elements of our variety. Patience along with the right dose of risk that a producer of excellent wines has the duty to take every year led up to the harvest, which started on September 27 in the younger vineyards and finished on October 8 just before the start of the rain season, which was particularly abundant that year. At Canalicchio di Sopra, we fondly remember two harvest mornings when the temperature at Montosoli was 6°C, an indelible sign of the characteristic of this vintage for us. All of these climatic features make 2013 a vintage that can be included among the fresh vintages that bring out the uniqueness of the Terrain and the hand of man.

Winemaker Notes

Introduction:

For us, the 2013 vintage in Montalcino is a great return to the classic vintage, meant as the ability of a wine to express the essence of its territory of origin. There are vintages that the producer falls in love with in the cellar because the wine holds within it an extraordinary elegance that the producer can already envision in the future, just like bottles that remain etched in the history of their wineries.

The Concept of a Classic Vintage:

A classic vintage means elegance, depth, and sensuality to us, concepts that are dear to our winemaking philosophy and ones that we expect from the Cru in Canalicchio and Montosoli where our vineyards are located in Montalcino. A classic vintage means wines that are bestowed with great freshness, where depth counts more than opulence, and where sapidity denotes a balanced climate. Terroir means soil, climate, and man, and these three components come together in great harmony without one dominating the other in a classic vintage.

 “Canalicchio di Sopra” Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2013 - THE RETURN OF THE CLASSIC VINTAGE:

“Canalicchio di Sopra” Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2013 is the result of the climatic characteristics of the vintage, characteristics which, for their steadiness and for the low average seasonal temperatures, are able to completely exalt the terrain and the location where the grapes grow. A wine that we believe unites elegance, depth, minerality, and sapidity.Grapes from the two estate Crus were used to make this wine (Canalicchio 40% and Montosoli 60%): the choice to increase Montosoli over the traditional 50/50 is due to the better concentration in the grapes in this area.The balance that we looked for in this wine, a dear concept to Canalicchio di Sopra, is based on continuity between nose and mouth based on freshness and florality. The existing and distinguishing acidity seems to be part of a long silky tannic motif.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2011

93/100

The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is a beautifully round and opulent wine that bursts open with vitality and a rush of immediate fruit. It shows lasting intensity with dried cherry, plum, blackberry, spice, leather and tobacco. Generally speaking, the aromas are soft and enduring. This wine offers enormous pleasure upfront and can be consumed within the next ten years. The wine is less adapted for long aging given the approachable tannins and ripe fruit flavors. In its current form, it is a delicious Brunello. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

98/100

The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino will blow you away. This is a delightful expression that boasts its extreme quality from the minute the wine is poured from the bottle. As you should expect, it just gets better and better with each additional minute in the glass. It opens to a vibrant dark ruby color and blackish-garnet hues. The bouquet is ever changing and shows a long succession of aromatic characteristics that rage from dark fruit, plum, spice, leather, licorice, red rose, balsam and grilled herb. It's textbook Brunello from a great vintage and this side of the appellation (on the northeastern side) performs fantastically in 2010. This beauty should hold fifteen years or more. Monica Larner

 

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2009

92/100

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. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2008

93/100

The 2008 Brunello di Montalcino is fabulous. An exciting melange of dark cherries, plums, tobacco, licorice, mocha and herbs take shape in the glass. Powerful, rich and structured, the 2008 wraps around the palate with serious depth. The Canalicchio Brunellos often have an element of wildness to them, as does the 2008, but the wine also has a track record of aging very well. This is an intriguing Brunello, to say the least. The 2008 has more than enough depth to stand up to 36 months in cask. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2028. Canalicchio di Sopra is one of my favorite properties in Montalcino. The wines are consistently outstanding, have plenty of personality and also age beautifully. Antonio Galloni

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

94/100

Canalicchio di Sopra is high on my shortlist of favorite producers in Montalcino. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino is a sumptuous wine made according to carefully considered criteria. Every step of the winemaking process represents a selection of sorts, culminating in an expression of extremes. The precision, the focus and the pristine nature of the aromas cannot be exaggerated. It is such a pleasure to taste a wine of this caliber and distinction. Aromas of dark fruit and savory spice find seamless integration. Background tones of balsam herb, cola and licorice add a superior level of complexity. In the mouth, the wine is polished, fine and silky. The mouthfeel is thinner compared to 2011 and 2010. Otherwise, this is a fabulously elegant Brunello. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

95/100

Aromas of dark berry, mint, savory herb, blue flower and a balsamic note lead the nose. On the concentrated palate, notes of white pepper, cinnamon, clove, licorice and tobacco add depth to the black cherry core. Youthfully austere but fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity support the juicy flavors. Give this time to open and develop complexity. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2013

93/100

Forest floor, dark-skinned berry, iris and new leather aromas lead the nose. The full-bodied juicy palate offers ripe wild cherry, star anise and a hint of pipe tobacco alongside taut, fine-grained tannins. Drink 2023–2030.KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

93/100

Wild berry, dark spice and Mediterranean herb aromas lift out of the glass, accented by a whiff of new leather. The enveloping, full-bodied palate doles out fleshy black cherry, star anise, pipe tobacco and cinnamon notes, framed by chewy tannins. Drink 2020–2027. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

90/100

Here's a Brunello with thick concentration and broad aromas of mesquite smoke, black cherry and Indian spice. Despite that bold bouquet the wine is actually tight and compact in the mouth, where it performs with easy elegance thanks to its bright acidity and lively wild berry flavors.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2011

92/100

Wild berry, leafy underbrush, truffle, scorched earth and dark spice aromas unfold on this classic red. The full-bodied palate offers fleshy black cherry, clove, ground pepper and anise alongside firm, ripe tannins. Let the tannins unwind for a few more years then enjoy. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2009

90/100

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. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2008

90/100

Coffee, leather, licorice and plum cake flavors are deeply concentrated on this rich, opulent wine. There's fruit here too, in the form of cherry liqueur and blackberry pie. This is a robust and generous wine that will appeal to those who appreciate a darker side of Brunello.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2006

91/100

This is a nicely balanced wine with bright cherry and berry flavors that are offset by sweet spice, almond and toasted oak. The wood elements already show integration and will continue to diminish with time. Give this wine five or so more years of cellar aging.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2005

88/100

Here's a tight and compact expression from Montalcino with bright tones of cherry wood, wild berries and violets that are delivered in steady aromatic pulses. The finish is not too long or persistent, but the flavors are fresh and very tasty while they last.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

Produced from vineyards which are over 10 years old, it represents the essence of our concept of terroir: an expression of elegance, depth, and freshness of our Sangiovese, able to unite its balsamic quality of the north side of Montalcino with the opulence of our lands.

Wine type

DOCG

Grape variety

Sangiovese 100%

Altitude

Average of 300 Meters Above Sea Level

Soil type

The vintage Brunello di Montalcino "Canalicchio di Sopra" is the result of a blend of two different soils: Terrain with a marked clay component, very rich in intermediate elements such as Magnesium, Iron and Manganese characteristic of the Cru Canalicchio and a "galestro" soil high with a very high mineral component, loamy texture with a high presence of silt, characteristic of the Cru Montosoli.

The blend favors wines of great minerality and sapidity, supported by excellent acidity ideal for long aging.

Training System

Cordon trained and spur pruned (Spurrend cordon)

Vineyard

Grapes from the two estate Crus, Canalicchio and Montosoli, were used to make this wine from vineyards more than 10 years old.

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 and 5000 Liters)

First year of production

1966

Production

2592 Bottles by 375 ml

33775 Bottles by750 ml                                                                                

1522 Bottles by 1500 ml

181 Bottles by 3 Liters

68 Bottles by 5 Liters

28 Bottles by 12 liters

Alcohol content

14.50%

Vintage climate

From a climactic point of view, 2012 can be defined as an extreme year, which, paradoxically, turned all its extreme conditions into its strong point, and these conditions perfectly integrated into and compensated for each other. The beginning of the winter was unusually warm for Montalcino with respect to average conditions of the period: the cold came late at the beginning of February with a heavy snowfall on February 2nd (which, as we will see later on, was vital for the seasonal trend). At the end of March, there was the risk of losing the buds to a late frost, which, fortunately, didn’t happen. A regular spring was contrasted by quite a hot summer where the breaking point was characterized by a prolonged lack of rain that continued until the end of August. In this phase, the February snow became one of the most important water reserves for the vines which were able to endure the lack of rain concentrating more on themselves than on the fruit. In this way, the grapes slowed down their maturation, and what could have seemed like a problem transformed itself into a great advantage: the grapes that were behind in maturation did not burn from the intense heat in August. When the tolerance level for the heat and dryness was about to be reached at the end of August, four days of heavy rains revitalized the vines and brought the temperatures down. The vines started working fully again for the fruit and giving everything to our Sangiovese. September, the harvest month, where the difference can be made between a great vintage and a simply good vintage, was a perfect month characterized by great diurnal temperature ranges and fresh winds which allowed for a very hot year to be harvested in the traditional period of a fresher year. I think that this protective mechanism that the plant adopted towards the fruit was the key of this vintage: a warm vintage in spirit and fresh in the mouth, sapid and enveloping at the same time. The harvest started on September 25th and ended on October 4th.

Winemaker Notes

Introduction:

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. 

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2011

93/100

The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is a beautifully round and opulent wine that bursts open with vitality and a rush of immediate fruit. It shows lasting intensity with dried cherry, plum, blackberry, spice, leather and tobacco. Generally speaking, the aromas are soft and enduring. This wine offers enormous pleasure upfront and can be consumed within the next ten years. The wine is less adapted for long aging given the approachable tannins and ripe fruit flavors. In its current form, it is a delicious Brunello. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

98/100

The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino will blow you away. This is a delightful expression that boasts its extreme quality from the minute the wine is poured from the bottle. As you should expect, it just gets better and better with each additional minute in the glass. It opens to a vibrant dark ruby color and blackish-garnet hues. The bouquet is ever changing and shows a long succession of aromatic characteristics that rage from dark fruit, plum, spice, leather, licorice, red rose, balsam and grilled herb. It's textbook Brunello from a great vintage and this side of the appellation (on the northeastern side) performs fantastically in 2010. This beauty should hold fifteen years or more. Monica Larner

 

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2009

92/100

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. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2008

93/100

The 2008 Brunello di Montalcino is fabulous. An exciting melange of dark cherries, plums, tobacco, licorice, mocha and herbs take shape in the glass. Powerful, rich and structured, the 2008 wraps around the palate with serious depth. The Canalicchio Brunellos often have an element of wildness to them, as does the 2008, but the wine also has a track record of aging very well. This is an intriguing Brunello, to say the least. The 2008 has more than enough depth to stand up to 36 months in cask. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2028. Canalicchio di Sopra is one of my favorite properties in Montalcino. The wines are consistently outstanding, have plenty of personality and also age beautifully. Antonio Galloni

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

94/100

Canalicchio di Sopra is high on my shortlist of favorite producers in Montalcino. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino is a sumptuous wine made according to carefully considered criteria. Every step of the winemaking process represents a selection of sorts, culminating in an expression of extremes. The precision, the focus and the pristine nature of the aromas cannot be exaggerated. It is such a pleasure to taste a wine of this caliber and distinction. Aromas of dark fruit and savory spice find seamless integration. Background tones of balsam herb, cola and licorice add a superior level of complexity. In the mouth, the wine is polished, fine and silky. The mouthfeel is thinner compared to 2011 and 2010. Otherwise, this is a fabulously elegant Brunello. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

95/100

Aromas of dark berry, mint, savory herb, blue flower and a balsamic note lead the nose. On the concentrated palate, notes of white pepper, cinnamon, clove, licorice and tobacco add depth to the black cherry core. Youthfully austere but fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity support the juicy flavors. Give this time to open and develop complexity. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2013

93/100

Forest floor, dark-skinned berry, iris and new leather aromas lead the nose. The full-bodied juicy palate offers ripe wild cherry, star anise and a hint of pipe tobacco alongside taut, fine-grained tannins. Drink 2023–2030.KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

93/100

Wild berry, dark spice and Mediterranean herb aromas lift out of the glass, accented by a whiff of new leather. The enveloping, full-bodied palate doles out fleshy black cherry, star anise, pipe tobacco and cinnamon notes, framed by chewy tannins. Drink 2020–2027. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

90/100

Here's a Brunello with thick concentration and broad aromas of mesquite smoke, black cherry and Indian spice. Despite that bold bouquet the wine is actually tight and compact in the mouth, where it performs with easy elegance thanks to its bright acidity and lively wild berry flavors.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2011

92/100

Wild berry, leafy underbrush, truffle, scorched earth and dark spice aromas unfold on this classic red. The full-bodied palate offers fleshy black cherry, clove, ground pepper and anise alongside firm, ripe tannins. Let the tannins unwind for a few more years then enjoy. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2009

90/100

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. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2008

90/100

Coffee, leather, licorice and plum cake flavors are deeply concentrated on this rich, opulent wine. There's fruit here too, in the form of cherry liqueur and blackberry pie. This is a robust and generous wine that will appeal to those who appreciate a darker side of Brunello.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2006

91/100

This is a nicely balanced wine with bright cherry and berry flavors that are offset by sweet spice, almond and toasted oak. The wood elements already show integration and will continue to diminish with time. Give this wine five or so more years of cellar aging.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2005

88/100

Here's a tight and compact expression from Montalcino with bright tones of cherry wood, wild berries and violets that are delivered in steady aromatic pulses. The finish is not too long or persistent, but the flavors are fresh and very tasty while they last.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

Produced from vineyards which are over 10 years old, it represents the essence of our concept of terroir: an expression of elegance, depth, and freshness of our Sangiovese, able to unite its balsamic quality of the north side of Montalcino with the opulence of our lands.

Wine type

DOCG

Grape variety

Sangiovese 100%

Altitude

Average of 300 Meters Above Sea Level

Soil type

The vintage Brunello di Montalcino "Canalicchio di Sopra" is the result of a blend of two different soils: Terrain with a marked clay component, very rich in intermediate elements such as Magnesium, Iron and Manganese characteristic of the Cru Canalicchio and a "galestro" soil high with a very high mineral component, loamy texture with a high presence of silt, characteristic of the Cru Montosoli.

The blend favors wines of great minerality and sapidity, supported by excellent acidity ideal for long aging.

Training System

Cordon trained and spur pruned (Spurrend cordon)

Vineyard

Grapes from the two estate Crus, Canalicchio and Montosoli, were used to make this wine from vineyards more than 10 years old.

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 and 5000 Liters)

First year of production

1966

Production

3240 Bottles by 375 ml

24546 Bottles by750 ml                                                                                

889 Bottles by 1500 ml

60 Bottles by 3 Liters

20 Bottles by 5 Liters

2 Bottles by 12 liters

Alcohol content

14.50%

Vintage climate

If we examine the climate of the 2011 vintage, it can be defined as extreme. What characterized 2011 was the second half of August with above-average temperatures for the season and limited diurnal temperature ranges; conditions which surely influenced the ripening of the grapes favouring a quite unexpected increase in sugars and already reaching technical maturation in mid-September. 

The harvest started slightly earlier than usual on September 19 in the youngest vineyards, which presented lower total acidity and important phenolic ripeness, to then end on September 27 with the grapes from the oldest vineyards, which were able to withstand and bear the heat of August while maintaining high acidity. 

Winemaker Notes

In the concept of terroir, which we have always strongly cultivated, in addition to climate and soil, the human factor also plays an important role with its ability to interpret and adapt to the challenges that viticulture faces every year. 

We immediately decided to operate with a drastic selection as far as quantity was concerned, producing our Brunello di Montalcino only from vineyards that are more than 20 years old, those which were able to maintain high acidity and benefited from the heat during the limiting conditions of mid-August, in terms of volume, thickness, and elegance of the tannins, without undergoing any imbalances that would have affected their ageing in wood. 

We used the entire Vigna Vecchia Mercatale vineyard (deciding not to produce Riserva for this vintage) in addition to Vigna Casaccia and Vigna Vecchia Montosoli vineyards to produce Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2011, a wine based on the opulence of a vintage that was essentially hot where our choices in addition to being content without forcing the quantity gave that freshness and that acidity which is to be expected from a classic and elegant Brunello even in a torrid growing year. 

This decision, which saw a 30% decrease in our production of Brunello di Montalcino, also had a positive effect on the production of our Rosso di Montalcino with the 2011 vintage, one of the best ever, reaffirming the concept we believe in that each wine must be valorized based on its characteristics and strong points.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2011

93/100

The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is a beautifully round and opulent wine that bursts open with vitality and a rush of immediate fruit. It shows lasting intensity with dried cherry, plum, blackberry, spice, leather and tobacco. Generally speaking, the aromas are soft and enduring. This wine offers enormous pleasure upfront and can be consumed within the next ten years. The wine is less adapted for long aging given the approachable tannins and ripe fruit flavors. In its current form, it is a delicious Brunello. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

98/100

The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino will blow you away. This is a delightful expression that boasts its extreme quality from the minute the wine is poured from the bottle. As you should expect, it just gets better and better with each additional minute in the glass. It opens to a vibrant dark ruby color and blackish-garnet hues. The bouquet is ever changing and shows a long succession of aromatic characteristics that rage from dark fruit, plum, spice, leather, licorice, red rose, balsam and grilled herb. It's textbook Brunello from a great vintage and this side of the appellation (on the northeastern side) performs fantastically in 2010. This beauty should hold fifteen years or more. Monica Larner

 

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2009

92/100

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. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2008

93/100

The 2008 Brunello di Montalcino is fabulous. An exciting melange of dark cherries, plums, tobacco, licorice, mocha and herbs take shape in the glass. Powerful, rich and structured, the 2008 wraps around the palate with serious depth. The Canalicchio Brunellos often have an element of wildness to them, as does the 2008, but the wine also has a track record of aging very well. This is an intriguing Brunello, to say the least. The 2008 has more than enough depth to stand up to 36 months in cask. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2028. Canalicchio di Sopra is one of my favorite properties in Montalcino. The wines are consistently outstanding, have plenty of personality and also age beautifully. Antonio Galloni

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

94/100

Canalicchio di Sopra is high on my shortlist of favorite producers in Montalcino. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino is a sumptuous wine made according to carefully considered criteria. Every step of the winemaking process represents a selection of sorts, culminating in an expression of extremes. The precision, the focus and the pristine nature of the aromas cannot be exaggerated. It is such a pleasure to taste a wine of this caliber and distinction. Aromas of dark fruit and savory spice find seamless integration. Background tones of balsam herb, cola and licorice add a superior level of complexity. In the mouth, the wine is polished, fine and silky. The mouthfeel is thinner compared to 2011 and 2010. Otherwise, this is a fabulously elegant Brunello. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

95/100

Aromas of dark berry, mint, savory herb, blue flower and a balsamic note lead the nose. On the concentrated palate, notes of white pepper, cinnamon, clove, licorice and tobacco add depth to the black cherry core. Youthfully austere but fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity support the juicy flavors. Give this time to open and develop complexity. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2013

93/100

Forest floor, dark-skinned berry, iris and new leather aromas lead the nose. The full-bodied juicy palate offers ripe wild cherry, star anise and a hint of pipe tobacco alongside taut, fine-grained tannins. Drink 2023–2030.KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

93/100

Wild berry, dark spice and Mediterranean herb aromas lift out of the glass, accented by a whiff of new leather. The enveloping, full-bodied palate doles out fleshy black cherry, star anise, pipe tobacco and cinnamon notes, framed by chewy tannins. Drink 2020–2027. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

90/100

Here's a Brunello with thick concentration and broad aromas of mesquite smoke, black cherry and Indian spice. Despite that bold bouquet the wine is actually tight and compact in the mouth, where it performs with easy elegance thanks to its bright acidity and lively wild berry flavors.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2011

92/100

Wild berry, leafy underbrush, truffle, scorched earth and dark spice aromas unfold on this classic red. The full-bodied palate offers fleshy black cherry, clove, ground pepper and anise alongside firm, ripe tannins. Let the tannins unwind for a few more years then enjoy. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2009

90/100

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. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2008

90/100

Coffee, leather, licorice and plum cake flavors are deeply concentrated on this rich, opulent wine. There's fruit here too, in the form of cherry liqueur and blackberry pie. This is a robust and generous wine that will appeal to those who appreciate a darker side of Brunello.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2006

91/100

This is a nicely balanced wine with bright cherry and berry flavors that are offset by sweet spice, almond and toasted oak. The wood elements already show integration and will continue to diminish with time. Give this wine five or so more years of cellar aging.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2005

88/100

Here's a tight and compact expression from Montalcino with bright tones of cherry wood, wild berries and violets that are delivered in steady aromatic pulses. The finish is not too long or persistent, but the flavors are fresh and very tasty while they last.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

Produced from vineyards which are over 10 years old, it represents the essence of our concept of terroir: an expression of elegance, depth, and freshness of our Sangiovese, able to unite its balsamic quality of the north side of Montalcino with the opulence of our lands.

Wine type

DOCG

Grape variety

Sangiovese 100%

Altitude

Average of 300 Meters Above Sea Level

Soil type

The vintage Brunello di Montalcino "Canalicchio di Sopra" is the result of a blend of two different soils: Terrain with a marked clay component, very rich in intermediate elements such as Magnesium, Iron and Manganese characteristic of the Cru Canalicchio and a "galestro" soil high with a very high mineral component, loamy texture with a high presence of silt, characteristic of the Cru Montosoli.

The blend favors wines of great minerality and sapidity, supported by excellent acidity ideal for long aging.

Training System

Cordon trained and spur pruned (Spurrend cordon)

Vineyard

Grapes from the two estate Crus, Canalicchio and Montosoli, were used to make this wine from vineyards more than 10 years old.

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 and 5000 Liters)

First year of production

1966

Production

2592 Bottles by 375 ml

33441 Bottles by750 ml                                                                                

1270 Bottles by 1500 ml

200 Bottles by 3 Liters

55 Bottles by 5 Liters

13 Bottles by 12 liters

Alcohol content

14.50%

Vintage climate

A perfect season, relatively warm during the maturation phase without significant plant health issues, and pronounced temperature ranges of over 10°C from daytime to night temperatures during the month of September allowed for a well thought out harvest giving us the time to wait for the best technical and phenolic maturation ever attained at Canalicchio di Sopra. The harvest started on September 25 with the Montosoli Cru to then end on October 5 with the Canalicchio Cru and saw a solid average production of 51ql. per hectare (1kg per plant).

Winemaker Notes

We usually classify the vintages based on their quality, which unequivocally depends on the seasonal trend: the quantity of rainfall, average temperatures, and temperature ranges in the pre-harvest phase. In addition to all these factors, one must consider the anthropological component linked to producers’ knowledge and ability to understand and react quickly to any agricultural phenomena that may influence the final quality of the grapes.

 

For the capability of this vintage to put all these factors in great balance as well as express itself with great character and elegance at the same time, Brunello 2010 is one of those vintages that can be defined as historic. There are good vintages which can become excellent thanks to the producer’s mastery in selection, there are excellent vintages which triumph with their stylistic perfection, and then there are historic years which represent a starting point on the quest for even bigger goals: this is Brunello di Montalcino 2010 for Canalicchio di Sopra. We are talking about a vintage at the same levels as the 1997 vintage, but with thirteen more years of experience for us, during which Canalicchio di Sopra focused on the maniacal search for perfection, stylistic precision and valorization of the terroir where we zealously tend to our Sangiovese vines.

The classic long fermentation on the skins over 25 days extracted all the intensity, the pureness of the fruit and the richness of our best Sangiovese.

 

The three years of ageing in 25-hl Slavonian oak barrels gave us a rich, intense and concentrated wine where all the balsamic and minty notes, typical of the north zone of Montalcino where our vineyards are located, are enhanced; the great acidity is already well integrated with the lusciousness of the vintage, balanced with minerality, which make this great vintage almost sapid. The elegance of the tannins, the long persistence in the mouth and the juicy finish perfectly honour this sometimes neglected concept, that if a wine is excellent, it is right from the start just as it is after years in the bottle: this is, in short, Brunello di Montalcino 2010: a wine that can be enjoyed now just as in 20 years’ time.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2011

93/100

The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is a beautifully round and opulent wine that bursts open with vitality and a rush of immediate fruit. It shows lasting intensity with dried cherry, plum, blackberry, spice, leather and tobacco. Generally speaking, the aromas are soft and enduring. This wine offers enormous pleasure upfront and can be consumed within the next ten years. The wine is less adapted for long aging given the approachable tannins and ripe fruit flavors. In its current form, it is a delicious Brunello. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

98/100

The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino will blow you away. This is a delightful expression that boasts its extreme quality from the minute the wine is poured from the bottle. As you should expect, it just gets better and better with each additional minute in the glass. It opens to a vibrant dark ruby color and blackish-garnet hues. The bouquet is ever changing and shows a long succession of aromatic characteristics that rage from dark fruit, plum, spice, leather, licorice, red rose, balsam and grilled herb. It's textbook Brunello from a great vintage and this side of the appellation (on the northeastern side) performs fantastically in 2010. This beauty should hold fifteen years or more. Monica Larner

 

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2009

92/100

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. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2008

93/100

The 2008 Brunello di Montalcino is fabulous. An exciting melange of dark cherries, plums, tobacco, licorice, mocha and herbs take shape in the glass. Powerful, rich and structured, the 2008 wraps around the palate with serious depth. The Canalicchio Brunellos often have an element of wildness to them, as does the 2008, but the wine also has a track record of aging very well. This is an intriguing Brunello, to say the least. The 2008 has more than enough depth to stand up to 36 months in cask. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2028. Canalicchio di Sopra is one of my favorite properties in Montalcino. The wines are consistently outstanding, have plenty of personality and also age beautifully. Antonio Galloni

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

94/100

Canalicchio di Sopra is high on my shortlist of favorite producers in Montalcino. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino is a sumptuous wine made according to carefully considered criteria. Every step of the winemaking process represents a selection of sorts, culminating in an expression of extremes. The precision, the focus and the pristine nature of the aromas cannot be exaggerated. It is such a pleasure to taste a wine of this caliber and distinction. Aromas of dark fruit and savory spice find seamless integration. Background tones of balsam herb, cola and licorice add a superior level of complexity. In the mouth, the wine is polished, fine and silky. The mouthfeel is thinner compared to 2011 and 2010. Otherwise, this is a fabulously elegant Brunello. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

95/100

Aromas of dark berry, mint, savory herb, blue flower and a balsamic note lead the nose. On the concentrated palate, notes of white pepper, cinnamon, clove, licorice and tobacco add depth to the black cherry core. Youthfully austere but fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity support the juicy flavors. Give this time to open and develop complexity. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2013

93/100

Forest floor, dark-skinned berry, iris and new leather aromas lead the nose. The full-bodied juicy palate offers ripe wild cherry, star anise and a hint of pipe tobacco alongside taut, fine-grained tannins. Drink 2023–2030.KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

93/100

Wild berry, dark spice and Mediterranean herb aromas lift out of the glass, accented by a whiff of new leather. The enveloping, full-bodied palate doles out fleshy black cherry, star anise, pipe tobacco and cinnamon notes, framed by chewy tannins. Drink 2020–2027. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

90/100

Here's a Brunello with thick concentration and broad aromas of mesquite smoke, black cherry and Indian spice. Despite that bold bouquet the wine is actually tight and compact in the mouth, where it performs with easy elegance thanks to its bright acidity and lively wild berry flavors.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2011

92/100

Wild berry, leafy underbrush, truffle, scorched earth and dark spice aromas unfold on this classic red. The full-bodied palate offers fleshy black cherry, clove, ground pepper and anise alongside firm, ripe tannins. Let the tannins unwind for a few more years then enjoy. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2009

90/100

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. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2008

90/100

Coffee, leather, licorice and plum cake flavors are deeply concentrated on this rich, opulent wine. There's fruit here too, in the form of cherry liqueur and blackberry pie. This is a robust and generous wine that will appeal to those who appreciate a darker side of Brunello.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2006

91/100

This is a nicely balanced wine with bright cherry and berry flavors that are offset by sweet spice, almond and toasted oak. The wood elements already show integration and will continue to diminish with time. Give this wine five or so more years of cellar aging.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2005

88/100

Here's a tight and compact expression from Montalcino with bright tones of cherry wood, wild berries and violets that are delivered in steady aromatic pulses. The finish is not too long or persistent, but the flavors are fresh and very tasty while they last.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

Produced from vineyards which are over 10 years old, it represents the essence of our concept of terroir: an expression of elegance, depth, and freshness of our Sangiovese, able to unite its balsamic quality of the north side of Montalcino with the opulence of our lands.

Wine type

DOCG

Grape variety

Sangiovese 100%

Altitude

Average of 300 Meters Above Sea Level

Soil type

The vintage Brunello di Montalcino "Canalicchio di Sopra" is the result of a blend of two different soils: Terrain with a marked clay component, very rich in intermediate elements such as Magnesium, Iron and Manganese characteristic of the Cru Canalicchio and a "galestro" soil high with a very high mineral component, loamy texture with a high presence of silt, characteristic of the Cru Montosoli.

The blend favors wines of great minerality and sapidity, supported by excellent acidity ideal for long aging.

Training System

Cordon trained and spur pruned (Spurrend cordon)

Vineyard

Grapes from the two estate Crus, Canalicchio and Montosoli, were used to make this wine from vineyards more than 10 years old.

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 and 5000 Liters)

First year of production

1966

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2011

93/100

The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is a beautifully round and opulent wine that bursts open with vitality and a rush of immediate fruit. It shows lasting intensity with dried cherry, plum, blackberry, spice, leather and tobacco. Generally speaking, the aromas are soft and enduring. This wine offers enormous pleasure upfront and can be consumed within the next ten years. The wine is less adapted for long aging given the approachable tannins and ripe fruit flavors. In its current form, it is a delicious Brunello. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

98/100

The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino will blow you away. This is a delightful expression that boasts its extreme quality from the minute the wine is poured from the bottle. As you should expect, it just gets better and better with each additional minute in the glass. It opens to a vibrant dark ruby color and blackish-garnet hues. The bouquet is ever changing and shows a long succession of aromatic characteristics that rage from dark fruit, plum, spice, leather, licorice, red rose, balsam and grilled herb. It's textbook Brunello from a great vintage and this side of the appellation (on the northeastern side) performs fantastically in 2010. This beauty should hold fifteen years or more. Monica Larner

 

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2009

92/100

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. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2008

93/100

The 2008 Brunello di Montalcino is fabulous. An exciting melange of dark cherries, plums, tobacco, licorice, mocha and herbs take shape in the glass. Powerful, rich and structured, the 2008 wraps around the palate with serious depth. The Canalicchio Brunellos often have an element of wildness to them, as does the 2008, but the wine also has a track record of aging very well. This is an intriguing Brunello, to say the least. The 2008 has more than enough depth to stand up to 36 months in cask. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2028. Canalicchio di Sopra is one of my favorite properties in Montalcino. The wines are consistently outstanding, have plenty of personality and also age beautifully. Antonio Galloni

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

94/100

Canalicchio di Sopra is high on my shortlist of favorite producers in Montalcino. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino is a sumptuous wine made according to carefully considered criteria. Every step of the winemaking process represents a selection of sorts, culminating in an expression of extremes. The precision, the focus and the pristine nature of the aromas cannot be exaggerated. It is such a pleasure to taste a wine of this caliber and distinction. Aromas of dark fruit and savory spice find seamless integration. Background tones of balsam herb, cola and licorice add a superior level of complexity. In the mouth, the wine is polished, fine and silky. The mouthfeel is thinner compared to 2011 and 2010. Otherwise, this is a fabulously elegant Brunello. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

95/100

Aromas of dark berry, mint, savory herb, blue flower and a balsamic note lead the nose. On the concentrated palate, notes of white pepper, cinnamon, clove, licorice and tobacco add depth to the black cherry core. Youthfully austere but fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity support the juicy flavors. Give this time to open and develop complexity. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2013

93/100

Forest floor, dark-skinned berry, iris and new leather aromas lead the nose. The full-bodied juicy palate offers ripe wild cherry, star anise and a hint of pipe tobacco alongside taut, fine-grained tannins. Drink 2023–2030.KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

93/100

Wild berry, dark spice and Mediterranean herb aromas lift out of the glass, accented by a whiff of new leather. The enveloping, full-bodied palate doles out fleshy black cherry, star anise, pipe tobacco and cinnamon notes, framed by chewy tannins. Drink 2020–2027. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

90/100

Here's a Brunello with thick concentration and broad aromas of mesquite smoke, black cherry and Indian spice. Despite that bold bouquet the wine is actually tight and compact in the mouth, where it performs with easy elegance thanks to its bright acidity and lively wild berry flavors.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2011

92/100

Wild berry, leafy underbrush, truffle, scorched earth and dark spice aromas unfold on this classic red. The full-bodied palate offers fleshy black cherry, clove, ground pepper and anise alongside firm, ripe tannins. Let the tannins unwind for a few more years then enjoy. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2009

90/100

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. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2008

90/100

Coffee, leather, licorice and plum cake flavors are deeply concentrated on this rich, opulent wine. There's fruit here too, in the form of cherry liqueur and blackberry pie. This is a robust and generous wine that will appeal to those who appreciate a darker side of Brunello.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2006

91/100

This is a nicely balanced wine with bright cherry and berry flavors that are offset by sweet spice, almond and toasted oak. The wood elements already show integration and will continue to diminish with time. Give this wine five or so more years of cellar aging.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2005

88/100

Here's a tight and compact expression from Montalcino with bright tones of cherry wood, wild berries and violets that are delivered in steady aromatic pulses. The finish is not too long or persistent, but the flavors are fresh and very tasty while they last.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

Produced from vineyards which are over 10 years old, it represents the essence of our concept of terroir: an expression of elegance, depth, and freshness of our Sangiovese, able to unite its balsamic quality of the north side of Montalcino with the opulence of our lands.

Wine type

DOCG

Grape variety

Sangiovese 100%

Altitude

Average of 300 Meters Above Sea Level

Soil type

The vintage Brunello di Montalcino "Canalicchio di Sopra" is the result of a blend of two different soils: Terrain with a marked clay component, very rich in intermediate elements such as Magnesium, Iron and Manganese characteristic of the Cru Canalicchio and a "galestro" soil high with a very high mineral component, loamy texture with a high presence of silt, characteristic of the Cru Montosoli.

The blend favors wines of great minerality and sapidity, supported by excellent acidity ideal for long aging.

Training System

Cordon trained and spur pruned (Spurrend cordon)

Vineyard

Grapes from the two estate Crus, Canalicchio and Montosoli, were used to make this wine from vineyards more than 10 years old.

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 and 5000 Liters)

First year of production

1966

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2011

93/100

The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is a beautifully round and opulent wine that bursts open with vitality and a rush of immediate fruit. It shows lasting intensity with dried cherry, plum, blackberry, spice, leather and tobacco. Generally speaking, the aromas are soft and enduring. This wine offers enormous pleasure upfront and can be consumed within the next ten years. The wine is less adapted for long aging given the approachable tannins and ripe fruit flavors. In its current form, it is a delicious Brunello. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

98/100

The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino will blow you away. This is a delightful expression that boasts its extreme quality from the minute the wine is poured from the bottle. As you should expect, it just gets better and better with each additional minute in the glass. It opens to a vibrant dark ruby color and blackish-garnet hues. The bouquet is ever changing and shows a long succession of aromatic characteristics that rage from dark fruit, plum, spice, leather, licorice, red rose, balsam and grilled herb. It's textbook Brunello from a great vintage and this side of the appellation (on the northeastern side) performs fantastically in 2010. This beauty should hold fifteen years or more. Monica Larner

 

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2009

92/100

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. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2008

93/100

The 2008 Brunello di Montalcino is fabulous. An exciting melange of dark cherries, plums, tobacco, licorice, mocha and herbs take shape in the glass. Powerful, rich and structured, the 2008 wraps around the palate with serious depth. The Canalicchio Brunellos often have an element of wildness to them, as does the 2008, but the wine also has a track record of aging very well. This is an intriguing Brunello, to say the least. The 2008 has more than enough depth to stand up to 36 months in cask. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2028. Canalicchio di Sopra is one of my favorite properties in Montalcino. The wines are consistently outstanding, have plenty of personality and also age beautifully. Antonio Galloni

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

94/100

Canalicchio di Sopra is high on my shortlist of favorite producers in Montalcino. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino is a sumptuous wine made according to carefully considered criteria. Every step of the winemaking process represents a selection of sorts, culminating in an expression of extremes. The precision, the focus and the pristine nature of the aromas cannot be exaggerated. It is such a pleasure to taste a wine of this caliber and distinction. Aromas of dark fruit and savory spice find seamless integration. Background tones of balsam herb, cola and licorice add a superior level of complexity. In the mouth, the wine is polished, fine and silky. The mouthfeel is thinner compared to 2011 and 2010. Otherwise, this is a fabulously elegant Brunello. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

95/100

Aromas of dark berry, mint, savory herb, blue flower and a balsamic note lead the nose. On the concentrated palate, notes of white pepper, cinnamon, clove, licorice and tobacco add depth to the black cherry core. Youthfully austere but fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity support the juicy flavors. Give this time to open and develop complexity. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2013

93/100

Forest floor, dark-skinned berry, iris and new leather aromas lead the nose. The full-bodied juicy palate offers ripe wild cherry, star anise and a hint of pipe tobacco alongside taut, fine-grained tannins. Drink 2023–2030.KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

93/100

Wild berry, dark spice and Mediterranean herb aromas lift out of the glass, accented by a whiff of new leather. The enveloping, full-bodied palate doles out fleshy black cherry, star anise, pipe tobacco and cinnamon notes, framed by chewy tannins. Drink 2020–2027. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

90/100

Here's a Brunello with thick concentration and broad aromas of mesquite smoke, black cherry and Indian spice. Despite that bold bouquet the wine is actually tight and compact in the mouth, where it performs with easy elegance thanks to its bright acidity and lively wild berry flavors.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2011

92/100

Wild berry, leafy underbrush, truffle, scorched earth and dark spice aromas unfold on this classic red. The full-bodied palate offers fleshy black cherry, clove, ground pepper and anise alongside firm, ripe tannins. Let the tannins unwind for a few more years then enjoy. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2009

90/100

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. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2008

90/100

Coffee, leather, licorice and plum cake flavors are deeply concentrated on this rich, opulent wine. There's fruit here too, in the form of cherry liqueur and blackberry pie. This is a robust and generous wine that will appeal to those who appreciate a darker side of Brunello.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2006

91/100

This is a nicely balanced wine with bright cherry and berry flavors that are offset by sweet spice, almond and toasted oak. The wood elements already show integration and will continue to diminish with time. Give this wine five or so more years of cellar aging.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2005

88/100

Here's a tight and compact expression from Montalcino with bright tones of cherry wood, wild berries and violets that are delivered in steady aromatic pulses. The finish is not too long or persistent, but the flavors are fresh and very tasty while they last.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

Produced from vineyards which are over 10 years old, it represents the essence of our concept of terroir: an expression of elegance, depth, and freshness of our Sangiovese, able to unite its balsamic quality of the north side of Montalcino with the opulence of our lands.

Wine type

DOCG

Grape variety

Sangiovese 100%

Altitude

Average of 300 Meters Above Sea Level

Soil type

The vintage Brunello di Montalcino "Canalicchio di Sopra" is the result of a blend of two different soils: Terrain with a marked clay component, very rich in intermediate elements such as Magnesium, Iron and Manganese characteristic of the Cru Canalicchio and a "galestro" soil high with a very high mineral component, loamy texture with a high presence of silt, characteristic of the Cru Montosoli.

The blend favors wines of great minerality and sapidity, supported by excellent acidity ideal for long aging.

Training System

Cordon trained and spur pruned (Spurrend cordon)

Vineyard

Grapes from the two estate Crus, Canalicchio and Montosoli, were used to make this wine from vineyards more than 10 years old.

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 and 5000 Liters)

First year of production

1966

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2011

93/100

The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is a beautifully round and opulent wine that bursts open with vitality and a rush of immediate fruit. It shows lasting intensity with dried cherry, plum, blackberry, spice, leather and tobacco. Generally speaking, the aromas are soft and enduring. This wine offers enormous pleasure upfront and can be consumed within the next ten years. The wine is less adapted for long aging given the approachable tannins and ripe fruit flavors. In its current form, it is a delicious Brunello. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

98/100

The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino will blow you away. This is a delightful expression that boasts its extreme quality from the minute the wine is poured from the bottle. As you should expect, it just gets better and better with each additional minute in the glass. It opens to a vibrant dark ruby color and blackish-garnet hues. The bouquet is ever changing and shows a long succession of aromatic characteristics that rage from dark fruit, plum, spice, leather, licorice, red rose, balsam and grilled herb. It's textbook Brunello from a great vintage and this side of the appellation (on the northeastern side) performs fantastically in 2010. This beauty should hold fifteen years or more. Monica Larner

 

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2009

92/100

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. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2008

93/100

The 2008 Brunello di Montalcino is fabulous. An exciting melange of dark cherries, plums, tobacco, licorice, mocha and herbs take shape in the glass. Powerful, rich and structured, the 2008 wraps around the palate with serious depth. The Canalicchio Brunellos often have an element of wildness to them, as does the 2008, but the wine also has a track record of aging very well. This is an intriguing Brunello, to say the least. The 2008 has more than enough depth to stand up to 36 months in cask. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2028. Canalicchio di Sopra is one of my favorite properties in Montalcino. The wines are consistently outstanding, have plenty of personality and also age beautifully. Antonio Galloni

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

94/100

Canalicchio di Sopra is high on my shortlist of favorite producers in Montalcino. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino is a sumptuous wine made according to carefully considered criteria. Every step of the winemaking process represents a selection of sorts, culminating in an expression of extremes. The precision, the focus and the pristine nature of the aromas cannot be exaggerated. It is such a pleasure to taste a wine of this caliber and distinction. Aromas of dark fruit and savory spice find seamless integration. Background tones of balsam herb, cola and licorice add a superior level of complexity. In the mouth, the wine is polished, fine and silky. The mouthfeel is thinner compared to 2011 and 2010. Otherwise, this is a fabulously elegant Brunello. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

95/100

Aromas of dark berry, mint, savory herb, blue flower and a balsamic note lead the nose. On the concentrated palate, notes of white pepper, cinnamon, clove, licorice and tobacco add depth to the black cherry core. Youthfully austere but fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity support the juicy flavors. Give this time to open and develop complexity. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2013

93/100

Forest floor, dark-skinned berry, iris and new leather aromas lead the nose. The full-bodied juicy palate offers ripe wild cherry, star anise and a hint of pipe tobacco alongside taut, fine-grained tannins. Drink 2023–2030.KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

93/100

Wild berry, dark spice and Mediterranean herb aromas lift out of the glass, accented by a whiff of new leather. The enveloping, full-bodied palate doles out fleshy black cherry, star anise, pipe tobacco and cinnamon notes, framed by chewy tannins. Drink 2020–2027. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

90/100

Here's a Brunello with thick concentration and broad aromas of mesquite smoke, black cherry and Indian spice. Despite that bold bouquet the wine is actually tight and compact in the mouth, where it performs with easy elegance thanks to its bright acidity and lively wild berry flavors.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2011

92/100

Wild berry, leafy underbrush, truffle, scorched earth and dark spice aromas unfold on this classic red. The full-bodied palate offers fleshy black cherry, clove, ground pepper and anise alongside firm, ripe tannins. Let the tannins unwind for a few more years then enjoy. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2009

90/100

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. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2008

90/100

Coffee, leather, licorice and plum cake flavors are deeply concentrated on this rich, opulent wine. There's fruit here too, in the form of cherry liqueur and blackberry pie. This is a robust and generous wine that will appeal to those who appreciate a darker side of Brunello.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2006

91/100

This is a nicely balanced wine with bright cherry and berry flavors that are offset by sweet spice, almond and toasted oak. The wood elements already show integration and will continue to diminish with time. Give this wine five or so more years of cellar aging.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2005

88/100

Here's a tight and compact expression from Montalcino with bright tones of cherry wood, wild berries and violets that are delivered in steady aromatic pulses. The finish is not too long or persistent, but the flavors are fresh and very tasty while they last.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

Produced from vineyards which are over 10 years old, it represents the essence of our concept of terroir: an expression of elegance, depth, and freshness of our Sangiovese, able to unite its balsamic quality of the north side of Montalcino with the opulence of our lands.

Wine type

DOCG

Grape variety

Sangiovese 100%

Altitude

Average of 300 Meters Above Sea Level

Soil type

The vintage Brunello di Montalcino "Canalicchio di Sopra" is the result of a blend of two different soils: Terrain with a marked clay component, very rich in intermediate elements such as Magnesium, Iron and Manganese characteristic of the Cru Canalicchio and a "galestro" soil high with a very high mineral component, loamy texture with a high presence of silt, characteristic of the Cru Montosoli.

The blend favors wines of great minerality and sapidity, supported by excellent acidity ideal for long aging.

Training System

Cordon trained and spur pruned (Spurrend cordon)

Vineyard

Grapes from the two estate Crus, Canalicchio and Montosoli, were used to make this wine from vineyards more than 10 years old.

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 and 5000 Liters)

First year of production

1966

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2011

93/100

The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is a beautifully round and opulent wine that bursts open with vitality and a rush of immediate fruit. It shows lasting intensity with dried cherry, plum, blackberry, spice, leather and tobacco. Generally speaking, the aromas are soft and enduring. This wine offers enormous pleasure upfront and can be consumed within the next ten years. The wine is less adapted for long aging given the approachable tannins and ripe fruit flavors. In its current form, it is a delicious Brunello. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

98/100

The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino will blow you away. This is a delightful expression that boasts its extreme quality from the minute the wine is poured from the bottle. As you should expect, it just gets better and better with each additional minute in the glass. It opens to a vibrant dark ruby color and blackish-garnet hues. The bouquet is ever changing and shows a long succession of aromatic characteristics that rage from dark fruit, plum, spice, leather, licorice, red rose, balsam and grilled herb. It's textbook Brunello from a great vintage and this side of the appellation (on the northeastern side) performs fantastically in 2010. This beauty should hold fifteen years or more. Monica Larner

 

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2009

92/100

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. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2008

93/100

The 2008 Brunello di Montalcino is fabulous. An exciting melange of dark cherries, plums, tobacco, licorice, mocha and herbs take shape in the glass. Powerful, rich and structured, the 2008 wraps around the palate with serious depth. The Canalicchio Brunellos often have an element of wildness to them, as does the 2008, but the wine also has a track record of aging very well. This is an intriguing Brunello, to say the least. The 2008 has more than enough depth to stand up to 36 months in cask. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2028. Canalicchio di Sopra is one of my favorite properties in Montalcino. The wines are consistently outstanding, have plenty of personality and also age beautifully. Antonio Galloni

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

94/100

Canalicchio di Sopra is high on my shortlist of favorite producers in Montalcino. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino is a sumptuous wine made according to carefully considered criteria. Every step of the winemaking process represents a selection of sorts, culminating in an expression of extremes. The precision, the focus and the pristine nature of the aromas cannot be exaggerated. It is such a pleasure to taste a wine of this caliber and distinction. Aromas of dark fruit and savory spice find seamless integration. Background tones of balsam herb, cola and licorice add a superior level of complexity. In the mouth, the wine is polished, fine and silky. The mouthfeel is thinner compared to 2011 and 2010. Otherwise, this is a fabulously elegant Brunello. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

95/100

Aromas of dark berry, mint, savory herb, blue flower and a balsamic note lead the nose. On the concentrated palate, notes of white pepper, cinnamon, clove, licorice and tobacco add depth to the black cherry core. Youthfully austere but fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity support the juicy flavors. Give this time to open and develop complexity. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2013

93/100

Forest floor, dark-skinned berry, iris and new leather aromas lead the nose. The full-bodied juicy palate offers ripe wild cherry, star anise and a hint of pipe tobacco alongside taut, fine-grained tannins. Drink 2023–2030.KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

93/100

Wild berry, dark spice and Mediterranean herb aromas lift out of the glass, accented by a whiff of new leather. The enveloping, full-bodied palate doles out fleshy black cherry, star anise, pipe tobacco and cinnamon notes, framed by chewy tannins. Drink 2020–2027. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

90/100

Here's a Brunello with thick concentration and broad aromas of mesquite smoke, black cherry and Indian spice. Despite that bold bouquet the wine is actually tight and compact in the mouth, where it performs with easy elegance thanks to its bright acidity and lively wild berry flavors.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2011

92/100

Wild berry, leafy underbrush, truffle, scorched earth and dark spice aromas unfold on this classic red. The full-bodied palate offers fleshy black cherry, clove, ground pepper and anise alongside firm, ripe tannins. Let the tannins unwind for a few more years then enjoy. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2009

90/100

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. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2008

90/100

Coffee, leather, licorice and plum cake flavors are deeply concentrated on this rich, opulent wine. There's fruit here too, in the form of cherry liqueur and blackberry pie. This is a robust and generous wine that will appeal to those who appreciate a darker side of Brunello.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2006

91/100

This is a nicely balanced wine with bright cherry and berry flavors that are offset by sweet spice, almond and toasted oak. The wood elements already show integration and will continue to diminish with time. Give this wine five or so more years of cellar aging.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2005

88/100

Here's a tight and compact expression from Montalcino with bright tones of cherry wood, wild berries and violets that are delivered in steady aromatic pulses. The finish is not too long or persistent, but the flavors are fresh and very tasty while they last.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

Produced from vineyards which are over 10 years old, it represents the essence of our concept of terroir: an expression of elegance, depth, and freshness of our Sangiovese, able to unite its balsamic quality of the north side of Montalcino with the opulence of our lands.

Wine type

DOCG

Grape variety

Sangiovese 100%

Altitude

Average of 300 Meters Above Sea Level

Soil type

The vintage Brunello di Montalcino "Canalicchio di Sopra" is the result of a blend of two different soils: Terrain with a marked clay component, very rich in intermediate elements such as Magnesium, Iron and Manganese characteristic of the Cru Canalicchio and a "galestro" soil high with a very high mineral component, loamy texture with a high presence of silt, characteristic of the Cru Montosoli.

The blend favors wines of great minerality and sapidity, supported by excellent acidity ideal for long aging.

Training System

Cordon trained and spur pruned (Spurrend cordon)

Vineyard

Grapes from the two estate Crus, Canalicchio and Montosoli, were used to make this wine from vineyards more than 10 years old.

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 and 5000 Liters)

First year of production

1966

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2011

93/100

The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is a beautifully round and opulent wine that bursts open with vitality and a rush of immediate fruit. It shows lasting intensity with dried cherry, plum, blackberry, spice, leather and tobacco. Generally speaking, the aromas are soft and enduring. This wine offers enormous pleasure upfront and can be consumed within the next ten years. The wine is less adapted for long aging given the approachable tannins and ripe fruit flavors. In its current form, it is a delicious Brunello. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

98/100

The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino will blow you away. This is a delightful expression that boasts its extreme quality from the minute the wine is poured from the bottle. As you should expect, it just gets better and better with each additional minute in the glass. It opens to a vibrant dark ruby color and blackish-garnet hues. The bouquet is ever changing and shows a long succession of aromatic characteristics that rage from dark fruit, plum, spice, leather, licorice, red rose, balsam and grilled herb. It's textbook Brunello from a great vintage and this side of the appellation (on the northeastern side) performs fantastically in 2010. This beauty should hold fifteen years or more. Monica Larner

 

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2009

92/100

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. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2008

93/100

The 2008 Brunello di Montalcino is fabulous. An exciting melange of dark cherries, plums, tobacco, licorice, mocha and herbs take shape in the glass. Powerful, rich and structured, the 2008 wraps around the palate with serious depth. The Canalicchio Brunellos often have an element of wildness to them, as does the 2008, but the wine also has a track record of aging very well. This is an intriguing Brunello, to say the least. The 2008 has more than enough depth to stand up to 36 months in cask. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2028. Canalicchio di Sopra is one of my favorite properties in Montalcino. The wines are consistently outstanding, have plenty of personality and also age beautifully. Antonio Galloni

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

94/100

Canalicchio di Sopra is high on my shortlist of favorite producers in Montalcino. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino is a sumptuous wine made according to carefully considered criteria. Every step of the winemaking process represents a selection of sorts, culminating in an expression of extremes. The precision, the focus and the pristine nature of the aromas cannot be exaggerated. It is such a pleasure to taste a wine of this caliber and distinction. Aromas of dark fruit and savory spice find seamless integration. Background tones of balsam herb, cola and licorice add a superior level of complexity. In the mouth, the wine is polished, fine and silky. The mouthfeel is thinner compared to 2011 and 2010. Otherwise, this is a fabulously elegant Brunello. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

95/100

Aromas of dark berry, mint, savory herb, blue flower and a balsamic note lead the nose. On the concentrated palate, notes of white pepper, cinnamon, clove, licorice and tobacco add depth to the black cherry core. Youthfully austere but fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity support the juicy flavors. Give this time to open and develop complexity. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2013

93/100

Forest floor, dark-skinned berry, iris and new leather aromas lead the nose. The full-bodied juicy palate offers ripe wild cherry, star anise and a hint of pipe tobacco alongside taut, fine-grained tannins. Drink 2023–2030.KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

93/100

Wild berry, dark spice and Mediterranean herb aromas lift out of the glass, accented by a whiff of new leather. The enveloping, full-bodied palate doles out fleshy black cherry, star anise, pipe tobacco and cinnamon notes, framed by chewy tannins. Drink 2020–2027. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

90/100

Here's a Brunello with thick concentration and broad aromas of mesquite smoke, black cherry and Indian spice. Despite that bold bouquet the wine is actually tight and compact in the mouth, where it performs with easy elegance thanks to its bright acidity and lively wild berry flavors.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2011

92/100

Wild berry, leafy underbrush, truffle, scorched earth and dark spice aromas unfold on this classic red. The full-bodied palate offers fleshy black cherry, clove, ground pepper and anise alongside firm, ripe tannins. Let the tannins unwind for a few more years then enjoy. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2009

90/100

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. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2008

90/100

Coffee, leather, licorice and plum cake flavors are deeply concentrated on this rich, opulent wine. There's fruit here too, in the form of cherry liqueur and blackberry pie. This is a robust and generous wine that will appeal to those who appreciate a darker side of Brunello.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2006

91/100

This is a nicely balanced wine with bright cherry and berry flavors that are offset by sweet spice, almond and toasted oak. The wood elements already show integration and will continue to diminish with time. Give this wine five or so more years of cellar aging.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2005

88/100

Here's a tight and compact expression from Montalcino with bright tones of cherry wood, wild berries and violets that are delivered in steady aromatic pulses. The finish is not too long or persistent, but the flavors are fresh and very tasty while they last.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

Produced from vineyards which are over 10 years old, it represents the essence of our concept of terroir: an expression of elegance, depth, and freshness of our Sangiovese, able to unite its balsamic quality of the north side of Montalcino with the opulence of our lands.

Wine type

DOCG

Grape variety

Sangiovese 100%

Altitude

Average of 300 Meters Above Sea Level

Soil type

The vintage Brunello di Montalcino "Canalicchio di Sopra" is the result of a blend of two different soils: Terrain with a marked clay component, very rich in intermediate elements such as Magnesium, Iron and Manganese characteristic of the Cru Canalicchio and a "galestro" soil high with a very high mineral component, loamy texture with a high presence of silt, characteristic of the Cru Montosoli.

The blend favors wines of great minerality and sapidity, supported by excellent acidity ideal for long aging.

Training System

Cordon trained and spur pruned (Spurrend cordon)

Vineyard

Grapes from the two estate Crus, Canalicchio and Montosoli, were used to make this wine from vineyards more than 10 years old.

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 and 5000 Liters)

First year of production

1966

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2011

93/100

The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is a beautifully round and opulent wine that bursts open with vitality and a rush of immediate fruit. It shows lasting intensity with dried cherry, plum, blackberry, spice, leather and tobacco. Generally speaking, the aromas are soft and enduring. This wine offers enormous pleasure upfront and can be consumed within the next ten years. The wine is less adapted for long aging given the approachable tannins and ripe fruit flavors. In its current form, it is a delicious Brunello. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

98/100

The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino will blow you away. This is a delightful expression that boasts its extreme quality from the minute the wine is poured from the bottle. As you should expect, it just gets better and better with each additional minute in the glass. It opens to a vibrant dark ruby color and blackish-garnet hues. The bouquet is ever changing and shows a long succession of aromatic characteristics that rage from dark fruit, plum, spice, leather, licorice, red rose, balsam and grilled herb. It's textbook Brunello from a great vintage and this side of the appellation (on the northeastern side) performs fantastically in 2010. This beauty should hold fifteen years or more. Monica Larner

 

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2009

92/100

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. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2008

93/100

The 2008 Brunello di Montalcino is fabulous. An exciting melange of dark cherries, plums, tobacco, licorice, mocha and herbs take shape in the glass. Powerful, rich and structured, the 2008 wraps around the palate with serious depth. The Canalicchio Brunellos often have an element of wildness to them, as does the 2008, but the wine also has a track record of aging very well. This is an intriguing Brunello, to say the least. The 2008 has more than enough depth to stand up to 36 months in cask. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2028. Canalicchio di Sopra is one of my favorite properties in Montalcino. The wines are consistently outstanding, have plenty of personality and also age beautifully. Antonio Galloni

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

94/100

Canalicchio di Sopra is high on my shortlist of favorite producers in Montalcino. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino is a sumptuous wine made according to carefully considered criteria. Every step of the winemaking process represents a selection of sorts, culminating in an expression of extremes. The precision, the focus and the pristine nature of the aromas cannot be exaggerated. It is such a pleasure to taste a wine of this caliber and distinction. Aromas of dark fruit and savory spice find seamless integration. Background tones of balsam herb, cola and licorice add a superior level of complexity. In the mouth, the wine is polished, fine and silky. The mouthfeel is thinner compared to 2011 and 2010. Otherwise, this is a fabulously elegant Brunello. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

95/100

Aromas of dark berry, mint, savory herb, blue flower and a balsamic note lead the nose. On the concentrated palate, notes of white pepper, cinnamon, clove, licorice and tobacco add depth to the black cherry core. Youthfully austere but fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity support the juicy flavors. Give this time to open and develop complexity. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2013

93/100

Forest floor, dark-skinned berry, iris and new leather aromas lead the nose. The full-bodied juicy palate offers ripe wild cherry, star anise and a hint of pipe tobacco alongside taut, fine-grained tannins. Drink 2023–2030.KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

93/100

Wild berry, dark spice and Mediterranean herb aromas lift out of the glass, accented by a whiff of new leather. The enveloping, full-bodied palate doles out fleshy black cherry, star anise, pipe tobacco and cinnamon notes, framed by chewy tannins. Drink 2020–2027. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

90/100

Here's a Brunello with thick concentration and broad aromas of mesquite smoke, black cherry and Indian spice. Despite that bold bouquet the wine is actually tight and compact in the mouth, where it performs with easy elegance thanks to its bright acidity and lively wild berry flavors.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2011

92/100

Wild berry, leafy underbrush, truffle, scorched earth and dark spice aromas unfold on this classic red. The full-bodied palate offers fleshy black cherry, clove, ground pepper and anise alongside firm, ripe tannins. Let the tannins unwind for a few more years then enjoy. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2009

90/100

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. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2008

90/100

Coffee, leather, licorice and plum cake flavors are deeply concentrated on this rich, opulent wine. There's fruit here too, in the form of cherry liqueur and blackberry pie. This is a robust and generous wine that will appeal to those who appreciate a darker side of Brunello.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2006

91/100

This is a nicely balanced wine with bright cherry and berry flavors that are offset by sweet spice, almond and toasted oak. The wood elements already show integration and will continue to diminish with time. Give this wine five or so more years of cellar aging.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2005

88/100

Here's a tight and compact expression from Montalcino with bright tones of cherry wood, wild berries and violets that are delivered in steady aromatic pulses. The finish is not too long or persistent, but the flavors are fresh and very tasty while they last.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

Produced from vineyards which are over 10 years old, it represents the essence of our concept of terroir: an expression of elegance, depth, and freshness of our Sangiovese, able to unite its balsamic quality of the north side of Montalcino with the opulence of our lands.

Wine type

DOCG

Grape variety

Sangiovese 100%

Altitude

Average of 300 Meters Above Sea Level

Soil type

The vintage Brunello di Montalcino "Canalicchio di Sopra" is the result of a blend of two different soils: Terrain with a marked clay component, very rich in intermediate elements such as Magnesium, Iron and Manganese characteristic of the Cru Canalicchio and a "galestro" soil high with a very high mineral component, loamy texture with a high presence of silt, characteristic of the Cru Montosoli.

The blend favors wines of great minerality and sapidity, supported by excellent acidity ideal for long aging.

Training System

Cordon trained and spur pruned (Spurrend cordon)

Vineyard

Grapes from the two estate Crus, Canalicchio and Montosoli, were used to make this wine from vineyards more than 10 years old.

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 and 5000 Liters)

First year of production

1966

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2011

93/100

The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is a beautifully round and opulent wine that bursts open with vitality and a rush of immediate fruit. It shows lasting intensity with dried cherry, plum, blackberry, spice, leather and tobacco. Generally speaking, the aromas are soft and enduring. This wine offers enormous pleasure upfront and can be consumed within the next ten years. The wine is less adapted for long aging given the approachable tannins and ripe fruit flavors. In its current form, it is a delicious Brunello. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

98/100

The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino will blow you away. This is a delightful expression that boasts its extreme quality from the minute the wine is poured from the bottle. As you should expect, it just gets better and better with each additional minute in the glass. It opens to a vibrant dark ruby color and blackish-garnet hues. The bouquet is ever changing and shows a long succession of aromatic characteristics that rage from dark fruit, plum, spice, leather, licorice, red rose, balsam and grilled herb. It's textbook Brunello from a great vintage and this side of the appellation (on the northeastern side) performs fantastically in 2010. This beauty should hold fifteen years or more. Monica Larner

 

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2009

92/100

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. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2008

93/100

The 2008 Brunello di Montalcino is fabulous. An exciting melange of dark cherries, plums, tobacco, licorice, mocha and herbs take shape in the glass. Powerful, rich and structured, the 2008 wraps around the palate with serious depth. The Canalicchio Brunellos often have an element of wildness to them, as does the 2008, but the wine also has a track record of aging very well. This is an intriguing Brunello, to say the least. The 2008 has more than enough depth to stand up to 36 months in cask. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2028. Canalicchio di Sopra is one of my favorite properties in Montalcino. The wines are consistently outstanding, have plenty of personality and also age beautifully. Antonio Galloni

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

94/100

Canalicchio di Sopra is high on my shortlist of favorite producers in Montalcino. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino is a sumptuous wine made according to carefully considered criteria. Every step of the winemaking process represents a selection of sorts, culminating in an expression of extremes. The precision, the focus and the pristine nature of the aromas cannot be exaggerated. It is such a pleasure to taste a wine of this caliber and distinction. Aromas of dark fruit and savory spice find seamless integration. Background tones of balsam herb, cola and licorice add a superior level of complexity. In the mouth, the wine is polished, fine and silky. The mouthfeel is thinner compared to 2011 and 2010. Otherwise, this is a fabulously elegant Brunello. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

95/100

Aromas of dark berry, mint, savory herb, blue flower and a balsamic note lead the nose. On the concentrated palate, notes of white pepper, cinnamon, clove, licorice and tobacco add depth to the black cherry core. Youthfully austere but fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity support the juicy flavors. Give this time to open and develop complexity. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2013

93/100

Forest floor, dark-skinned berry, iris and new leather aromas lead the nose. The full-bodied juicy palate offers ripe wild cherry, star anise and a hint of pipe tobacco alongside taut, fine-grained tannins. Drink 2023–2030.KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

93/100

Wild berry, dark spice and Mediterranean herb aromas lift out of the glass, accented by a whiff of new leather. The enveloping, full-bodied palate doles out fleshy black cherry, star anise, pipe tobacco and cinnamon notes, framed by chewy tannins. Drink 2020–2027. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

90/100

Here's a Brunello with thick concentration and broad aromas of mesquite smoke, black cherry and Indian spice. Despite that bold bouquet the wine is actually tight and compact in the mouth, where it performs with easy elegance thanks to its bright acidity and lively wild berry flavors.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2011

92/100

Wild berry, leafy underbrush, truffle, scorched earth and dark spice aromas unfold on this classic red. The full-bodied palate offers fleshy black cherry, clove, ground pepper and anise alongside firm, ripe tannins. Let the tannins unwind for a few more years then enjoy. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2009

90/100

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. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2008

90/100

Coffee, leather, licorice and plum cake flavors are deeply concentrated on this rich, opulent wine. There's fruit here too, in the form of cherry liqueur and blackberry pie. This is a robust and generous wine that will appeal to those who appreciate a darker side of Brunello.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2006

91/100

This is a nicely balanced wine with bright cherry and berry flavors that are offset by sweet spice, almond and toasted oak. The wood elements already show integration and will continue to diminish with time. Give this wine five or so more years of cellar aging.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2005

88/100

Here's a tight and compact expression from Montalcino with bright tones of cherry wood, wild berries and violets that are delivered in steady aromatic pulses. The finish is not too long or persistent, but the flavors are fresh and very tasty while they last.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

Produced from vineyards which are over 10 years old, it represents the essence of our concept of terroir: an expression of elegance, depth, and freshness of our Sangiovese, able to unite its balsamic quality of the north side of Montalcino with the opulence of our lands.

Wine type

DOCG

Grape variety

Sangiovese 100%

Altitude

Average of 300 Meters Above Sea Level

Soil type

The vintage Brunello di Montalcino "Canalicchio di Sopra" is the result of a blend of two different soils: Terrain with a marked clay component, very rich in intermediate elements such as Magnesium, Iron and Manganese characteristic of the Cru Canalicchio and a "galestro" soil high with a very high mineral component, loamy texture with a high presence of silt, characteristic of the Cru Montosoli.

The blend favors wines of great minerality and sapidity, supported by excellent acidity ideal for long aging.

Training System

Cordon trained and spur pruned (Spurrend cordon)

Vineyard

Grapes from the two estate Crus, Canalicchio and Montosoli, were used to make this wine from vineyards more than 10 years old.

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 and 5000 Liters)

First year of production

1966

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2011

93/100

The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is a beautifully round and opulent wine that bursts open with vitality and a rush of immediate fruit. It shows lasting intensity with dried cherry, plum, blackberry, spice, leather and tobacco. Generally speaking, the aromas are soft and enduring. This wine offers enormous pleasure upfront and can be consumed within the next ten years. The wine is less adapted for long aging given the approachable tannins and ripe fruit flavors. In its current form, it is a delicious Brunello. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

98/100

The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino will blow you away. This is a delightful expression that boasts its extreme quality from the minute the wine is poured from the bottle. As you should expect, it just gets better and better with each additional minute in the glass. It opens to a vibrant dark ruby color and blackish-garnet hues. The bouquet is ever changing and shows a long succession of aromatic characteristics that rage from dark fruit, plum, spice, leather, licorice, red rose, balsam and grilled herb. It's textbook Brunello from a great vintage and this side of the appellation (on the northeastern side) performs fantastically in 2010. This beauty should hold fifteen years or more. Monica Larner

 

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2009

92/100

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. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2008

93/100

The 2008 Brunello di Montalcino is fabulous. An exciting melange of dark cherries, plums, tobacco, licorice, mocha and herbs take shape in the glass. Powerful, rich and structured, the 2008 wraps around the palate with serious depth. The Canalicchio Brunellos often have an element of wildness to them, as does the 2008, but the wine also has a track record of aging very well. This is an intriguing Brunello, to say the least. The 2008 has more than enough depth to stand up to 36 months in cask. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2028. Canalicchio di Sopra is one of my favorite properties in Montalcino. The wines are consistently outstanding, have plenty of personality and also age beautifully. Antonio Galloni

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

94/100

Canalicchio di Sopra is high on my shortlist of favorite producers in Montalcino. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino is a sumptuous wine made according to carefully considered criteria. Every step of the winemaking process represents a selection of sorts, culminating in an expression of extremes. The precision, the focus and the pristine nature of the aromas cannot be exaggerated. It is such a pleasure to taste a wine of this caliber and distinction. Aromas of dark fruit and savory spice find seamless integration. Background tones of balsam herb, cola and licorice add a superior level of complexity. In the mouth, the wine is polished, fine and silky. The mouthfeel is thinner compared to 2011 and 2010. Otherwise, this is a fabulously elegant Brunello. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

95/100

Aromas of dark berry, mint, savory herb, blue flower and a balsamic note lead the nose. On the concentrated palate, notes of white pepper, cinnamon, clove, licorice and tobacco add depth to the black cherry core. Youthfully austere but fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity support the juicy flavors. Give this time to open and develop complexity. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2013

93/100

Forest floor, dark-skinned berry, iris and new leather aromas lead the nose. The full-bodied juicy palate offers ripe wild cherry, star anise and a hint of pipe tobacco alongside taut, fine-grained tannins. Drink 2023–2030.KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

93/100

Wild berry, dark spice and Mediterranean herb aromas lift out of the glass, accented by a whiff of new leather. The enveloping, full-bodied palate doles out fleshy black cherry, star anise, pipe tobacco and cinnamon notes, framed by chewy tannins. Drink 2020–2027. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

90/100

Here's a Brunello with thick concentration and broad aromas of mesquite smoke, black cherry and Indian spice. Despite that bold bouquet the wine is actually tight and compact in the mouth, where it performs with easy elegance thanks to its bright acidity and lively wild berry flavors.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2011

92/100

Wild berry, leafy underbrush, truffle, scorched earth and dark spice aromas unfold on this classic red. The full-bodied palate offers fleshy black cherry, clove, ground pepper and anise alongside firm, ripe tannins. Let the tannins unwind for a few more years then enjoy. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2009

90/100

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. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2008

90/100

Coffee, leather, licorice and plum cake flavors are deeply concentrated on this rich, opulent wine. There's fruit here too, in the form of cherry liqueur and blackberry pie. This is a robust and generous wine that will appeal to those who appreciate a darker side of Brunello.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2006

91/100

This is a nicely balanced wine with bright cherry and berry flavors that are offset by sweet spice, almond and toasted oak. The wood elements already show integration and will continue to diminish with time. Give this wine five or so more years of cellar aging.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2005

88/100

Here's a tight and compact expression from Montalcino with bright tones of cherry wood, wild berries and violets that are delivered in steady aromatic pulses. The finish is not too long or persistent, but the flavors are fresh and very tasty while they last.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

Produced from vineyards which are over 10 years old, it represents the essence of our concept of terroir: an expression of elegance, depth, and freshness of our Sangiovese, able to unite its balsamic quality of the north side of Montalcino with the opulence of our lands.

Wine type

DOCG

Grape variety

Sangiovese 100%

Altitude

Average of 300 Meters Above Sea Level

Soil type

The vintage Brunello di Montalcino "Canalicchio di Sopra" is the result of a blend of two different soils: Terrain with a marked clay component, very rich in intermediate elements such as Magnesium, Iron and Manganese characteristic of the Cru Canalicchio and a "galestro" soil high with a very high mineral component, loamy texture with a high presence of silt, characteristic of the Cru Montosoli.

The blend favors wines of great minerality and sapidity, supported by excellent acidity ideal for long aging.

Training System

Cordon trained and spur pruned (Spurrend cordon)

Vineyard

Grapes from the two estate Crus, Canalicchio and Montosoli, were used to make this wine from vineyards more than 10 years old.

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 and 5000 Liters)

First year of production

1966

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2011

93/100

The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is a beautifully round and opulent wine that bursts open with vitality and a rush of immediate fruit. It shows lasting intensity with dried cherry, plum, blackberry, spice, leather and tobacco. Generally speaking, the aromas are soft and enduring. This wine offers enormous pleasure upfront and can be consumed within the next ten years. The wine is less adapted for long aging given the approachable tannins and ripe fruit flavors. In its current form, it is a delicious Brunello. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

98/100

The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino will blow you away. This is a delightful expression that boasts its extreme quality from the minute the wine is poured from the bottle. As you should expect, it just gets better and better with each additional minute in the glass. It opens to a vibrant dark ruby color and blackish-garnet hues. The bouquet is ever changing and shows a long succession of aromatic characteristics that rage from dark fruit, plum, spice, leather, licorice, red rose, balsam and grilled herb. It's textbook Brunello from a great vintage and this side of the appellation (on the northeastern side) performs fantastically in 2010. This beauty should hold fifteen years or more. Monica Larner

 

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2009

92/100

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. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2008

93/100

The 2008 Brunello di Montalcino is fabulous. An exciting melange of dark cherries, plums, tobacco, licorice, mocha and herbs take shape in the glass. Powerful, rich and structured, the 2008 wraps around the palate with serious depth. The Canalicchio Brunellos often have an element of wildness to them, as does the 2008, but the wine also has a track record of aging very well. This is an intriguing Brunello, to say the least. The 2008 has more than enough depth to stand up to 36 months in cask. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2028. Canalicchio di Sopra is one of my favorite properties in Montalcino. The wines are consistently outstanding, have plenty of personality and also age beautifully. Antonio Galloni

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

94/100

Canalicchio di Sopra is high on my shortlist of favorite producers in Montalcino. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino is a sumptuous wine made according to carefully considered criteria. Every step of the winemaking process represents a selection of sorts, culminating in an expression of extremes. The precision, the focus and the pristine nature of the aromas cannot be exaggerated. It is such a pleasure to taste a wine of this caliber and distinction. Aromas of dark fruit and savory spice find seamless integration. Background tones of balsam herb, cola and licorice add a superior level of complexity. In the mouth, the wine is polished, fine and silky. The mouthfeel is thinner compared to 2011 and 2010. Otherwise, this is a fabulously elegant Brunello. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

95/100

Aromas of dark berry, mint, savory herb, blue flower and a balsamic note lead the nose. On the concentrated palate, notes of white pepper, cinnamon, clove, licorice and tobacco add depth to the black cherry core. Youthfully austere but fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity support the juicy flavors. Give this time to open and develop complexity. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2013

93/100

Forest floor, dark-skinned berry, iris and new leather aromas lead the nose. The full-bodied juicy palate offers ripe wild cherry, star anise and a hint of pipe tobacco alongside taut, fine-grained tannins. Drink 2023–2030.KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

93/100

Wild berry, dark spice and Mediterranean herb aromas lift out of the glass, accented by a whiff of new leather. The enveloping, full-bodied palate doles out fleshy black cherry, star anise, pipe tobacco and cinnamon notes, framed by chewy tannins. Drink 2020–2027. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

90/100

Here's a Brunello with thick concentration and broad aromas of mesquite smoke, black cherry and Indian spice. Despite that bold bouquet the wine is actually tight and compact in the mouth, where it performs with easy elegance thanks to its bright acidity and lively wild berry flavors.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2011

92/100

Wild berry, leafy underbrush, truffle, scorched earth and dark spice aromas unfold on this classic red. The full-bodied palate offers fleshy black cherry, clove, ground pepper and anise alongside firm, ripe tannins. Let the tannins unwind for a few more years then enjoy. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2009

90/100

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. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2008

90/100

Coffee, leather, licorice and plum cake flavors are deeply concentrated on this rich, opulent wine. There's fruit here too, in the form of cherry liqueur and blackberry pie. This is a robust and generous wine that will appeal to those who appreciate a darker side of Brunello.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2006

91/100

This is a nicely balanced wine with bright cherry and berry flavors that are offset by sweet spice, almond and toasted oak. The wood elements already show integration and will continue to diminish with time. Give this wine five or so more years of cellar aging.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2005

88/100

Here's a tight and compact expression from Montalcino with bright tones of cherry wood, wild berries and violets that are delivered in steady aromatic pulses. The finish is not too long or persistent, but the flavors are fresh and very tasty while they last.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

Produced from vineyards which are over 10 years old, it represents the essence of our concept of terroir: an expression of elegance, depth, and freshness of our Sangiovese, able to unite its balsamic quality of the north side of Montalcino with the opulence of our lands.

Wine type

DOCG

Grape variety

Sangiovese 100%

Altitude

Average of 300 Meters Above Sea Level

Soil type

The vintage Brunello di Montalcino "Canalicchio di Sopra" is the result of a blend of two different soils: Terrain with a marked clay component, very rich in intermediate elements such as Magnesium, Iron and Manganese characteristic of the Cru Canalicchio and a "galestro" soil high with a very high mineral component, loamy texture with a high presence of silt, characteristic of the Cru Montosoli.

The blend favors wines of great minerality and sapidity, supported by excellent acidity ideal for long aging.

Training System

Cordon trained and spur pruned (Spurrend cordon)

Vineyard

Grapes from the two estate Crus, Canalicchio and Montosoli, were used to make this wine from vineyards more than 10 years old.

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 and 5000 Liters)

First year of production

1966

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2011

93/100

The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is a beautifully round and opulent wine that bursts open with vitality and a rush of immediate fruit. It shows lasting intensity with dried cherry, plum, blackberry, spice, leather and tobacco. Generally speaking, the aromas are soft and enduring. This wine offers enormous pleasure upfront and can be consumed within the next ten years. The wine is less adapted for long aging given the approachable tannins and ripe fruit flavors. In its current form, it is a delicious Brunello. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

98/100

The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino will blow you away. This is a delightful expression that boasts its extreme quality from the minute the wine is poured from the bottle. As you should expect, it just gets better and better with each additional minute in the glass. It opens to a vibrant dark ruby color and blackish-garnet hues. The bouquet is ever changing and shows a long succession of aromatic characteristics that rage from dark fruit, plum, spice, leather, licorice, red rose, balsam and grilled herb. It's textbook Brunello from a great vintage and this side of the appellation (on the northeastern side) performs fantastically in 2010. This beauty should hold fifteen years or more. Monica Larner

 

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2009

92/100

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. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2008

93/100

The 2008 Brunello di Montalcino is fabulous. An exciting melange of dark cherries, plums, tobacco, licorice, mocha and herbs take shape in the glass. Powerful, rich and structured, the 2008 wraps around the palate with serious depth. The Canalicchio Brunellos often have an element of wildness to them, as does the 2008, but the wine also has a track record of aging very well. This is an intriguing Brunello, to say the least. The 2008 has more than enough depth to stand up to 36 months in cask. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2028. Canalicchio di Sopra is one of my favorite properties in Montalcino. The wines are consistently outstanding, have plenty of personality and also age beautifully. Antonio Galloni

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

94/100

Canalicchio di Sopra is high on my shortlist of favorite producers in Montalcino. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino is a sumptuous wine made according to carefully considered criteria. Every step of the winemaking process represents a selection of sorts, culminating in an expression of extremes. The precision, the focus and the pristine nature of the aromas cannot be exaggerated. It is such a pleasure to taste a wine of this caliber and distinction. Aromas of dark fruit and savory spice find seamless integration. Background tones of balsam herb, cola and licorice add a superior level of complexity. In the mouth, the wine is polished, fine and silky. The mouthfeel is thinner compared to 2011 and 2010. Otherwise, this is a fabulously elegant Brunello. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

95/100

Aromas of dark berry, mint, savory herb, blue flower and a balsamic note lead the nose. On the concentrated palate, notes of white pepper, cinnamon, clove, licorice and tobacco add depth to the black cherry core. Youthfully austere but fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity support the juicy flavors. Give this time to open and develop complexity. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2013

93/100

Forest floor, dark-skinned berry, iris and new leather aromas lead the nose. The full-bodied juicy palate offers ripe wild cherry, star anise and a hint of pipe tobacco alongside taut, fine-grained tannins. Drink 2023–2030.KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

93/100

Wild berry, dark spice and Mediterranean herb aromas lift out of the glass, accented by a whiff of new leather. The enveloping, full-bodied palate doles out fleshy black cherry, star anise, pipe tobacco and cinnamon notes, framed by chewy tannins. Drink 2020–2027. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

90/100

Here's a Brunello with thick concentration and broad aromas of mesquite smoke, black cherry and Indian spice. Despite that bold bouquet the wine is actually tight and compact in the mouth, where it performs with easy elegance thanks to its bright acidity and lively wild berry flavors.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2011

92/100

Wild berry, leafy underbrush, truffle, scorched earth and dark spice aromas unfold on this classic red. The full-bodied palate offers fleshy black cherry, clove, ground pepper and anise alongside firm, ripe tannins. Let the tannins unwind for a few more years then enjoy. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2009

90/100

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. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2008

90/100

Coffee, leather, licorice and plum cake flavors are deeply concentrated on this rich, opulent wine. There's fruit here too, in the form of cherry liqueur and blackberry pie. This is a robust and generous wine that will appeal to those who appreciate a darker side of Brunello.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2006

91/100

This is a nicely balanced wine with bright cherry and berry flavors that are offset by sweet spice, almond and toasted oak. The wood elements already show integration and will continue to diminish with time. Give this wine five or so more years of cellar aging.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2005

88/100

Here's a tight and compact expression from Montalcino with bright tones of cherry wood, wild berries and violets that are delivered in steady aromatic pulses. The finish is not too long or persistent, but the flavors are fresh and very tasty while they last.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

Produced from vineyards which are over 10 years old, it represents the essence of our concept of terroir: an expression of elegance, depth, and freshness of our Sangiovese, able to unite its balsamic quality of the north side of Montalcino with the opulence of our lands.

Wine type

DOCG

Grape variety

Sangiovese 100%

Altitude

Average of 300 Meters Above Sea Level

Soil type

The vintage Brunello di Montalcino "Canalicchio di Sopra" is the result of a blend of two different soils: Terrain with a marked clay component, very rich in intermediate elements such as Magnesium, Iron and Manganese characteristic of the Cru Canalicchio and a "galestro" soil high with a very high mineral component, loamy texture with a high presence of silt, characteristic of the Cru Montosoli.

The blend favors wines of great minerality and sapidity, supported by excellent acidity ideal for long aging.

Training System

Cordon trained and spur pruned (Spurrend cordon)

Vineyard

Grapes from the two estate Crus, Canalicchio and Montosoli, were used to make this wine from vineyards more than 10 years old.

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 and 5000 Liters)

First year of production

1966

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2011

93/100

The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is a beautifully round and opulent wine that bursts open with vitality and a rush of immediate fruit. It shows lasting intensity with dried cherry, plum, blackberry, spice, leather and tobacco. Generally speaking, the aromas are soft and enduring. This wine offers enormous pleasure upfront and can be consumed within the next ten years. The wine is less adapted for long aging given the approachable tannins and ripe fruit flavors. In its current form, it is a delicious Brunello. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

98/100

The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino will blow you away. This is a delightful expression that boasts its extreme quality from the minute the wine is poured from the bottle. As you should expect, it just gets better and better with each additional minute in the glass. It opens to a vibrant dark ruby color and blackish-garnet hues. The bouquet is ever changing and shows a long succession of aromatic characteristics that rage from dark fruit, plum, spice, leather, licorice, red rose, balsam and grilled herb. It's textbook Brunello from a great vintage and this side of the appellation (on the northeastern side) performs fantastically in 2010. This beauty should hold fifteen years or more. Monica Larner

 

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2009

92/100

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. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2008

93/100

The 2008 Brunello di Montalcino is fabulous. An exciting melange of dark cherries, plums, tobacco, licorice, mocha and herbs take shape in the glass. Powerful, rich and structured, the 2008 wraps around the palate with serious depth. The Canalicchio Brunellos often have an element of wildness to them, as does the 2008, but the wine also has a track record of aging very well. This is an intriguing Brunello, to say the least. The 2008 has more than enough depth to stand up to 36 months in cask. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2028. Canalicchio di Sopra is one of my favorite properties in Montalcino. The wines are consistently outstanding, have plenty of personality and also age beautifully. Antonio Galloni

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

94/100

Canalicchio di Sopra is high on my shortlist of favorite producers in Montalcino. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino is a sumptuous wine made according to carefully considered criteria. Every step of the winemaking process represents a selection of sorts, culminating in an expression of extremes. The precision, the focus and the pristine nature of the aromas cannot be exaggerated. It is such a pleasure to taste a wine of this caliber and distinction. Aromas of dark fruit and savory spice find seamless integration. Background tones of balsam herb, cola and licorice add a superior level of complexity. In the mouth, the wine is polished, fine and silky. The mouthfeel is thinner compared to 2011 and 2010. Otherwise, this is a fabulously elegant Brunello. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

95/100

Aromas of dark berry, mint, savory herb, blue flower and a balsamic note lead the nose. On the concentrated palate, notes of white pepper, cinnamon, clove, licorice and tobacco add depth to the black cherry core. Youthfully austere but fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity support the juicy flavors. Give this time to open and develop complexity. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2013

93/100

Forest floor, dark-skinned berry, iris and new leather aromas lead the nose. The full-bodied juicy palate offers ripe wild cherry, star anise and a hint of pipe tobacco alongside taut, fine-grained tannins. Drink 2023–2030.KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

93/100

Wild berry, dark spice and Mediterranean herb aromas lift out of the glass, accented by a whiff of new leather. The enveloping, full-bodied palate doles out fleshy black cherry, star anise, pipe tobacco and cinnamon notes, framed by chewy tannins. Drink 2020–2027. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

90/100

Here's a Brunello with thick concentration and broad aromas of mesquite smoke, black cherry and Indian spice. Despite that bold bouquet the wine is actually tight and compact in the mouth, where it performs with easy elegance thanks to its bright acidity and lively wild berry flavors.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2011

92/100

Wild berry, leafy underbrush, truffle, scorched earth and dark spice aromas unfold on this classic red. The full-bodied palate offers fleshy black cherry, clove, ground pepper and anise alongside firm, ripe tannins. Let the tannins unwind for a few more years then enjoy. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2009

90/100

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. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2008

90/100

Coffee, leather, licorice and plum cake flavors are deeply concentrated on this rich, opulent wine. There's fruit here too, in the form of cherry liqueur and blackberry pie. This is a robust and generous wine that will appeal to those who appreciate a darker side of Brunello.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2006

91/100

This is a nicely balanced wine with bright cherry and berry flavors that are offset by sweet spice, almond and toasted oak. The wood elements already show integration and will continue to diminish with time. Give this wine five or so more years of cellar aging.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2005

88/100

Here's a tight and compact expression from Montalcino with bright tones of cherry wood, wild berries and violets that are delivered in steady aromatic pulses. The finish is not too long or persistent, but the flavors are fresh and very tasty while they last.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

Produced from vineyards which are over 10 years old, it represents the essence of our concept of terroir: an expression of elegance, depth, and freshness of our Sangiovese, able to unite its balsamic quality of the north side of Montalcino with the opulence of our lands.

Wine type

DOCG

Grape variety

Sangiovese 100%

Altitude

Average of 300 Meters Above Sea Level

Soil type

The vintage Brunello di Montalcino "Canalicchio di Sopra" is the result of a blend of two different soils: Terrain with a marked clay component, very rich in intermediate elements such as Magnesium, Iron and Manganese characteristic of the Cru Canalicchio and a "galestro" soil high with a very high mineral component, loamy texture with a high presence of silt, characteristic of the Cru Montosoli.

The blend favors wines of great minerality and sapidity, supported by excellent acidity ideal for long aging.

Training System

Cordon trained and spur pruned (Spurrend cordon)

Vineyard

Grapes from the two estate Crus, Canalicchio and Montosoli, were used to make this wine from vineyards more than 10 years old.

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 and 5000 Liters)

First year of production

1966

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2011

93/100

The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is a beautifully round and opulent wine that bursts open with vitality and a rush of immediate fruit. It shows lasting intensity with dried cherry, plum, blackberry, spice, leather and tobacco. Generally speaking, the aromas are soft and enduring. This wine offers enormous pleasure upfront and can be consumed within the next ten years. The wine is less adapted for long aging given the approachable tannins and ripe fruit flavors. In its current form, it is a delicious Brunello. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

98/100

The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino will blow you away. This is a delightful expression that boasts its extreme quality from the minute the wine is poured from the bottle. As you should expect, it just gets better and better with each additional minute in the glass. It opens to a vibrant dark ruby color and blackish-garnet hues. The bouquet is ever changing and shows a long succession of aromatic characteristics that rage from dark fruit, plum, spice, leather, licorice, red rose, balsam and grilled herb. It's textbook Brunello from a great vintage and this side of the appellation (on the northeastern side) performs fantastically in 2010. This beauty should hold fifteen years or more. Monica Larner

 

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2009

92/100

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. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2008

93/100

The 2008 Brunello di Montalcino is fabulous. An exciting melange of dark cherries, plums, tobacco, licorice, mocha and herbs take shape in the glass. Powerful, rich and structured, the 2008 wraps around the palate with serious depth. The Canalicchio Brunellos often have an element of wildness to them, as does the 2008, but the wine also has a track record of aging very well. This is an intriguing Brunello, to say the least. The 2008 has more than enough depth to stand up to 36 months in cask. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2028. Canalicchio di Sopra is one of my favorite properties in Montalcino. The wines are consistently outstanding, have plenty of personality and also age beautifully. Antonio Galloni

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

94/100

Canalicchio di Sopra is high on my shortlist of favorite producers in Montalcino. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino is a sumptuous wine made according to carefully considered criteria. Every step of the winemaking process represents a selection of sorts, culminating in an expression of extremes. The precision, the focus and the pristine nature of the aromas cannot be exaggerated. It is such a pleasure to taste a wine of this caliber and distinction. Aromas of dark fruit and savory spice find seamless integration. Background tones of balsam herb, cola and licorice add a superior level of complexity. In the mouth, the wine is polished, fine and silky. The mouthfeel is thinner compared to 2011 and 2010. Otherwise, this is a fabulously elegant Brunello. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

95/100

Aromas of dark berry, mint, savory herb, blue flower and a balsamic note lead the nose. On the concentrated palate, notes of white pepper, cinnamon, clove, licorice and tobacco add depth to the black cherry core. Youthfully austere but fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity support the juicy flavors. Give this time to open and develop complexity. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2013

93/100

Forest floor, dark-skinned berry, iris and new leather aromas lead the nose. The full-bodied juicy palate offers ripe wild cherry, star anise and a hint of pipe tobacco alongside taut, fine-grained tannins. Drink 2023–2030.KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

93/100

Wild berry, dark spice and Mediterranean herb aromas lift out of the glass, accented by a whiff of new leather. The enveloping, full-bodied palate doles out fleshy black cherry, star anise, pipe tobacco and cinnamon notes, framed by chewy tannins. Drink 2020–2027. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

90/100

Here's a Brunello with thick concentration and broad aromas of mesquite smoke, black cherry and Indian spice. Despite that bold bouquet the wine is actually tight and compact in the mouth, where it performs with easy elegance thanks to its bright acidity and lively wild berry flavors.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2011

92/100

Wild berry, leafy underbrush, truffle, scorched earth and dark spice aromas unfold on this classic red. The full-bodied palate offers fleshy black cherry, clove, ground pepper and anise alongside firm, ripe tannins. Let the tannins unwind for a few more years then enjoy. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2009

90/100

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. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2008

90/100

Coffee, leather, licorice and plum cake flavors are deeply concentrated on this rich, opulent wine. There's fruit here too, in the form of cherry liqueur and blackberry pie. This is a robust and generous wine that will appeal to those who appreciate a darker side of Brunello.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2006

91/100

This is a nicely balanced wine with bright cherry and berry flavors that are offset by sweet spice, almond and toasted oak. The wood elements already show integration and will continue to diminish with time. Give this wine five or so more years of cellar aging.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2005

88/100

Here's a tight and compact expression from Montalcino with bright tones of cherry wood, wild berries and violets that are delivered in steady aromatic pulses. The finish is not too long or persistent, but the flavors are fresh and very tasty while they last.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

Produced from vineyards which are over 10 years old, it represents the essence of our concept of terroir: an expression of elegance, depth, and freshness of our Sangiovese, able to unite its balsamic quality of the north side of Montalcino with the opulence of our lands.

Wine type

DOCG

Grape variety

Sangiovese 100%

Altitude

Average of 300 Meters Above Sea Level

Soil type

The vintage Brunello di Montalcino "Canalicchio di Sopra" is the result of a blend of two different soils: Terrain with a marked clay component, very rich in intermediate elements such as Magnesium, Iron and Manganese characteristic of the Cru Canalicchio and a "galestro" soil high with a very high mineral component, loamy texture with a high presence of silt, characteristic of the Cru Montosoli.

The blend favors wines of great minerality and sapidity, supported by excellent acidity ideal for long aging.

Training System

Cordon trained and spur pruned (Spurrend cordon)

Vineyard

Grapes from the two estate Crus, Canalicchio and Montosoli, were used to make this wine from vineyards more than 10 years old.

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 and 5000 Liters)

First year of production

1966

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2011

93/100

The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is a beautifully round and opulent wine that bursts open with vitality and a rush of immediate fruit. It shows lasting intensity with dried cherry, plum, blackberry, spice, leather and tobacco. Generally speaking, the aromas are soft and enduring. This wine offers enormous pleasure upfront and can be consumed within the next ten years. The wine is less adapted for long aging given the approachable tannins and ripe fruit flavors. In its current form, it is a delicious Brunello. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

98/100

The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino will blow you away. This is a delightful expression that boasts its extreme quality from the minute the wine is poured from the bottle. As you should expect, it just gets better and better with each additional minute in the glass. It opens to a vibrant dark ruby color and blackish-garnet hues. The bouquet is ever changing and shows a long succession of aromatic characteristics that rage from dark fruit, plum, spice, leather, licorice, red rose, balsam and grilled herb. It's textbook Brunello from a great vintage and this side of the appellation (on the northeastern side) performs fantastically in 2010. This beauty should hold fifteen years or more. Monica Larner

 

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2009

92/100

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. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2008

93/100

The 2008 Brunello di Montalcino is fabulous. An exciting melange of dark cherries, plums, tobacco, licorice, mocha and herbs take shape in the glass. Powerful, rich and structured, the 2008 wraps around the palate with serious depth. The Canalicchio Brunellos often have an element of wildness to them, as does the 2008, but the wine also has a track record of aging very well. This is an intriguing Brunello, to say the least. The 2008 has more than enough depth to stand up to 36 months in cask. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2028. Canalicchio di Sopra is one of my favorite properties in Montalcino. The wines are consistently outstanding, have plenty of personality and also age beautifully. Antonio Galloni

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

94/100

Canalicchio di Sopra is high on my shortlist of favorite producers in Montalcino. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino is a sumptuous wine made according to carefully considered criteria. Every step of the winemaking process represents a selection of sorts, culminating in an expression of extremes. The precision, the focus and the pristine nature of the aromas cannot be exaggerated. It is such a pleasure to taste a wine of this caliber and distinction. Aromas of dark fruit and savory spice find seamless integration. Background tones of balsam herb, cola and licorice add a superior level of complexity. In the mouth, the wine is polished, fine and silky. The mouthfeel is thinner compared to 2011 and 2010. Otherwise, this is a fabulously elegant Brunello. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

95/100

Aromas of dark berry, mint, savory herb, blue flower and a balsamic note lead the nose. On the concentrated palate, notes of white pepper, cinnamon, clove, licorice and tobacco add depth to the black cherry core. Youthfully austere but fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity support the juicy flavors. Give this time to open and develop complexity. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2013

93/100

Forest floor, dark-skinned berry, iris and new leather aromas lead the nose. The full-bodied juicy palate offers ripe wild cherry, star anise and a hint of pipe tobacco alongside taut, fine-grained tannins. Drink 2023–2030.KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

93/100

Wild berry, dark spice and Mediterranean herb aromas lift out of the glass, accented by a whiff of new leather. The enveloping, full-bodied palate doles out fleshy black cherry, star anise, pipe tobacco and cinnamon notes, framed by chewy tannins. Drink 2020–2027. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

90/100

Here's a Brunello with thick concentration and broad aromas of mesquite smoke, black cherry and Indian spice. Despite that bold bouquet the wine is actually tight and compact in the mouth, where it performs with easy elegance thanks to its bright acidity and lively wild berry flavors.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2011

92/100

Wild berry, leafy underbrush, truffle, scorched earth and dark spice aromas unfold on this classic red. The full-bodied palate offers fleshy black cherry, clove, ground pepper and anise alongside firm, ripe tannins. Let the tannins unwind for a few more years then enjoy. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2009

90/100

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. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2008

90/100

Coffee, leather, licorice and plum cake flavors are deeply concentrated on this rich, opulent wine. There's fruit here too, in the form of cherry liqueur and blackberry pie. This is a robust and generous wine that will appeal to those who appreciate a darker side of Brunello.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2006

91/100

This is a nicely balanced wine with bright cherry and berry flavors that are offset by sweet spice, almond and toasted oak. The wood elements already show integration and will continue to diminish with time. Give this wine five or so more years of cellar aging.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2005

88/100

Here's a tight and compact expression from Montalcino with bright tones of cherry wood, wild berries and violets that are delivered in steady aromatic pulses. The finish is not too long or persistent, but the flavors are fresh and very tasty while they last.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

Produced from vineyards which are over 10 years old, it represents the essence of our concept of terroir: an expression of elegance, depth, and freshness of our Sangiovese, able to unite its balsamic quality of the north side of Montalcino with the opulence of our lands.

Wine type

DOCG

Grape variety

Sangiovese 100%

Altitude

Average of 300 Meters Above Sea Level

Soil type

The vintage Brunello di Montalcino "Canalicchio di Sopra" is the result of a blend of two different soils: Terrain with a marked clay component, very rich in intermediate elements such as Magnesium, Iron and Manganese characteristic of the Cru Canalicchio and a "galestro" soil high with a very high mineral component, loamy texture with a high presence of silt, characteristic of the Cru Montosoli.

The blend favors wines of great minerality and sapidity, supported by excellent acidity ideal for long aging.

Training System

Cordon trained and spur pruned (Spurrend cordon)

Vineyard

Grapes from the two estate Crus, Canalicchio and Montosoli, were used to make this wine from vineyards more than 10 years old.

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 and 5000 Liters)

First year of production

1966

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2011

93/100

The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is a beautifully round and opulent wine that bursts open with vitality and a rush of immediate fruit. It shows lasting intensity with dried cherry, plum, blackberry, spice, leather and tobacco. Generally speaking, the aromas are soft and enduring. This wine offers enormous pleasure upfront and can be consumed within the next ten years. The wine is less adapted for long aging given the approachable tannins and ripe fruit flavors. In its current form, it is a delicious Brunello. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

98/100

The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino will blow you away. This is a delightful expression that boasts its extreme quality from the minute the wine is poured from the bottle. As you should expect, it just gets better and better with each additional minute in the glass. It opens to a vibrant dark ruby color and blackish-garnet hues. The bouquet is ever changing and shows a long succession of aromatic characteristics that rage from dark fruit, plum, spice, leather, licorice, red rose, balsam and grilled herb. It's textbook Brunello from a great vintage and this side of the appellation (on the northeastern side) performs fantastically in 2010. This beauty should hold fifteen years or more. Monica Larner

 

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2009

92/100

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. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2008

93/100

The 2008 Brunello di Montalcino is fabulous. An exciting melange of dark cherries, plums, tobacco, licorice, mocha and herbs take shape in the glass. Powerful, rich and structured, the 2008 wraps around the palate with serious depth. The Canalicchio Brunellos often have an element of wildness to them, as does the 2008, but the wine also has a track record of aging very well. This is an intriguing Brunello, to say the least. The 2008 has more than enough depth to stand up to 36 months in cask. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2028. Canalicchio di Sopra is one of my favorite properties in Montalcino. The wines are consistently outstanding, have plenty of personality and also age beautifully. Antonio Galloni

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

94/100

Canalicchio di Sopra is high on my shortlist of favorite producers in Montalcino. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino is a sumptuous wine made according to carefully considered criteria. Every step of the winemaking process represents a selection of sorts, culminating in an expression of extremes. The precision, the focus and the pristine nature of the aromas cannot be exaggerated. It is such a pleasure to taste a wine of this caliber and distinction. Aromas of dark fruit and savory spice find seamless integration. Background tones of balsam herb, cola and licorice add a superior level of complexity. In the mouth, the wine is polished, fine and silky. The mouthfeel is thinner compared to 2011 and 2010. Otherwise, this is a fabulously elegant Brunello. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

95/100

Aromas of dark berry, mint, savory herb, blue flower and a balsamic note lead the nose. On the concentrated palate, notes of white pepper, cinnamon, clove, licorice and tobacco add depth to the black cherry core. Youthfully austere but fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity support the juicy flavors. Give this time to open and develop complexity. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2013

93/100

Forest floor, dark-skinned berry, iris and new leather aromas lead the nose. The full-bodied juicy palate offers ripe wild cherry, star anise and a hint of pipe tobacco alongside taut, fine-grained tannins. Drink 2023–2030.KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

93/100

Wild berry, dark spice and Mediterranean herb aromas lift out of the glass, accented by a whiff of new leather. The enveloping, full-bodied palate doles out fleshy black cherry, star anise, pipe tobacco and cinnamon notes, framed by chewy tannins. Drink 2020–2027. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

90/100

Here's a Brunello with thick concentration and broad aromas of mesquite smoke, black cherry and Indian spice. Despite that bold bouquet the wine is actually tight and compact in the mouth, where it performs with easy elegance thanks to its bright acidity and lively wild berry flavors.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2011

92/100

Wild berry, leafy underbrush, truffle, scorched earth and dark spice aromas unfold on this classic red. The full-bodied palate offers fleshy black cherry, clove, ground pepper and anise alongside firm, ripe tannins. Let the tannins unwind for a few more years then enjoy. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2009

90/100

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. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2008

90/100

Coffee, leather, licorice and plum cake flavors are deeply concentrated on this rich, opulent wine. There's fruit here too, in the form of cherry liqueur and blackberry pie. This is a robust and generous wine that will appeal to those who appreciate a darker side of Brunello.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2006

91/100

This is a nicely balanced wine with bright cherry and berry flavors that are offset by sweet spice, almond and toasted oak. The wood elements already show integration and will continue to diminish with time. Give this wine five or so more years of cellar aging.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2005

88/100

Here's a tight and compact expression from Montalcino with bright tones of cherry wood, wild berries and violets that are delivered in steady aromatic pulses. The finish is not too long or persistent, but the flavors are fresh and very tasty while they last.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

Produced from vineyards which are over 10 years old, it represents the essence of our concept of terroir: an expression of elegance, depth, and freshness of our Sangiovese, able to unite its balsamic quality of the north side of Montalcino with the opulence of our lands.

Wine type

DOCG

Grape variety

Sangiovese 100%

Altitude

Average of 300 Meters Above Sea Level

Soil type

The vintage Brunello di Montalcino "Canalicchio di Sopra" is the result of a blend of two different soils: Terrain with a marked clay component, very rich in intermediate elements such as Magnesium, Iron and Manganese characteristic of the Cru Canalicchio and a "galestro" soil high with a very high mineral component, loamy texture with a high presence of silt, characteristic of the Cru Montosoli.

The blend favors wines of great minerality and sapidity, supported by excellent acidity ideal for long aging.

Training System

Cordon trained and spur pruned (Spurrend cordon)

Vineyard

Grapes from the two estate Crus, Canalicchio and Montosoli, were used to make this wine from vineyards more than 10 years old.

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 and 5000 Liters)

First year of production

1966

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2011

93/100

The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is a beautifully round and opulent wine that bursts open with vitality and a rush of immediate fruit. It shows lasting intensity with dried cherry, plum, blackberry, spice, leather and tobacco. Generally speaking, the aromas are soft and enduring. This wine offers enormous pleasure upfront and can be consumed within the next ten years. The wine is less adapted for long aging given the approachable tannins and ripe fruit flavors. In its current form, it is a delicious Brunello. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

98/100

The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino will blow you away. This is a delightful expression that boasts its extreme quality from the minute the wine is poured from the bottle. As you should expect, it just gets better and better with each additional minute in the glass. It opens to a vibrant dark ruby color and blackish-garnet hues. The bouquet is ever changing and shows a long succession of aromatic characteristics that rage from dark fruit, plum, spice, leather, licorice, red rose, balsam and grilled herb. It's textbook Brunello from a great vintage and this side of the appellation (on the northeastern side) performs fantastically in 2010. This beauty should hold fifteen years or more. Monica Larner

 

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2009

92/100

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. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2008

93/100

The 2008 Brunello di Montalcino is fabulous. An exciting melange of dark cherries, plums, tobacco, licorice, mocha and herbs take shape in the glass. Powerful, rich and structured, the 2008 wraps around the palate with serious depth. The Canalicchio Brunellos often have an element of wildness to them, as does the 2008, but the wine also has a track record of aging very well. This is an intriguing Brunello, to say the least. The 2008 has more than enough depth to stand up to 36 months in cask. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2028. Canalicchio di Sopra is one of my favorite properties in Montalcino. The wines are consistently outstanding, have plenty of personality and also age beautifully. Antonio Galloni

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

94/100

Canalicchio di Sopra is high on my shortlist of favorite producers in Montalcino. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino is a sumptuous wine made according to carefully considered criteria. Every step of the winemaking process represents a selection of sorts, culminating in an expression of extremes. The precision, the focus and the pristine nature of the aromas cannot be exaggerated. It is such a pleasure to taste a wine of this caliber and distinction. Aromas of dark fruit and savory spice find seamless integration. Background tones of balsam herb, cola and licorice add a superior level of complexity. In the mouth, the wine is polished, fine and silky. The mouthfeel is thinner compared to 2011 and 2010. Otherwise, this is a fabulously elegant Brunello. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

95/100

Aromas of dark berry, mint, savory herb, blue flower and a balsamic note lead the nose. On the concentrated palate, notes of white pepper, cinnamon, clove, licorice and tobacco add depth to the black cherry core. Youthfully austere but fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity support the juicy flavors. Give this time to open and develop complexity. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2013

93/100

Forest floor, dark-skinned berry, iris and new leather aromas lead the nose. The full-bodied juicy palate offers ripe wild cherry, star anise and a hint of pipe tobacco alongside taut, fine-grained tannins. Drink 2023–2030.KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

93/100

Wild berry, dark spice and Mediterranean herb aromas lift out of the glass, accented by a whiff of new leather. The enveloping, full-bodied palate doles out fleshy black cherry, star anise, pipe tobacco and cinnamon notes, framed by chewy tannins. Drink 2020–2027. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

90/100

Here's a Brunello with thick concentration and broad aromas of mesquite smoke, black cherry and Indian spice. Despite that bold bouquet the wine is actually tight and compact in the mouth, where it performs with easy elegance thanks to its bright acidity and lively wild berry flavors.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2011

92/100

Wild berry, leafy underbrush, truffle, scorched earth and dark spice aromas unfold on this classic red. The full-bodied palate offers fleshy black cherry, clove, ground pepper and anise alongside firm, ripe tannins. Let the tannins unwind for a few more years then enjoy. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2009

90/100

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. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2008

90/100

Coffee, leather, licorice and plum cake flavors are deeply concentrated on this rich, opulent wine. There's fruit here too, in the form of cherry liqueur and blackberry pie. This is a robust and generous wine that will appeal to those who appreciate a darker side of Brunello.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2006

91/100

This is a nicely balanced wine with bright cherry and berry flavors that are offset by sweet spice, almond and toasted oak. The wood elements already show integration and will continue to diminish with time. Give this wine five or so more years of cellar aging.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2005

88/100

Here's a tight and compact expression from Montalcino with bright tones of cherry wood, wild berries and violets that are delivered in steady aromatic pulses. The finish is not too long or persistent, but the flavors are fresh and very tasty while they last.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

Produced from vineyards which are over 10 years old, it represents the essence of our concept of terroir: an expression of elegance, depth, and freshness of our Sangiovese, able to unite its balsamic quality of the north side of Montalcino with the opulence of our lands.

Wine type

DOCG

Grape variety

Sangiovese 100%

Altitude

Average of 300 Meters Above Sea Level

Soil type

The vintage Brunello di Montalcino "Canalicchio di Sopra" is the result of a blend of two different soils: Terrain with a marked clay component, very rich in intermediate elements such as Magnesium, Iron and Manganese characteristic of the Cru Canalicchio and a "galestro" soil high with a very high mineral component, loamy texture with a high presence of silt, characteristic of the Cru Montosoli.

The blend favors wines of great minerality and sapidity, supported by excellent acidity ideal for long aging.

Training System

Cordon trained and spur pruned (Spurrend cordon)

Vineyard

Grapes from the two estate Crus, Canalicchio and Montosoli, were used to make this wine from vineyards more than 10 years old.

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 and 5000 Liters)

First year of production

1966

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2011

93/100

The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is a beautifully round and opulent wine that bursts open with vitality and a rush of immediate fruit. It shows lasting intensity with dried cherry, plum, blackberry, spice, leather and tobacco. Generally speaking, the aromas are soft and enduring. This wine offers enormous pleasure upfront and can be consumed within the next ten years. The wine is less adapted for long aging given the approachable tannins and ripe fruit flavors. In its current form, it is a delicious Brunello. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

98/100

The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino will blow you away. This is a delightful expression that boasts its extreme quality from the minute the wine is poured from the bottle. As you should expect, it just gets better and better with each additional minute in the glass. It opens to a vibrant dark ruby color and blackish-garnet hues. The bouquet is ever changing and shows a long succession of aromatic characteristics that rage from dark fruit, plum, spice, leather, licorice, red rose, balsam and grilled herb. It's textbook Brunello from a great vintage and this side of the appellation (on the northeastern side) performs fantastically in 2010. This beauty should hold fifteen years or more. Monica Larner

 

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2009

92/100

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. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2008

93/100

The 2008 Brunello di Montalcino is fabulous. An exciting melange of dark cherries, plums, tobacco, licorice, mocha and herbs take shape in the glass. Powerful, rich and structured, the 2008 wraps around the palate with serious depth. The Canalicchio Brunellos often have an element of wildness to them, as does the 2008, but the wine also has a track record of aging very well. This is an intriguing Brunello, to say the least. The 2008 has more than enough depth to stand up to 36 months in cask. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2028. Canalicchio di Sopra is one of my favorite properties in Montalcino. The wines are consistently outstanding, have plenty of personality and also age beautifully. Antonio Galloni

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

94/100

Canalicchio di Sopra is high on my shortlist of favorite producers in Montalcino. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino is a sumptuous wine made according to carefully considered criteria. Every step of the winemaking process represents a selection of sorts, culminating in an expression of extremes. The precision, the focus and the pristine nature of the aromas cannot be exaggerated. It is such a pleasure to taste a wine of this caliber and distinction. Aromas of dark fruit and savory spice find seamless integration. Background tones of balsam herb, cola and licorice add a superior level of complexity. In the mouth, the wine is polished, fine and silky. The mouthfeel is thinner compared to 2011 and 2010. Otherwise, this is a fabulously elegant Brunello. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

95/100

Aromas of dark berry, mint, savory herb, blue flower and a balsamic note lead the nose. On the concentrated palate, notes of white pepper, cinnamon, clove, licorice and tobacco add depth to the black cherry core. Youthfully austere but fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity support the juicy flavors. Give this time to open and develop complexity. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2013

93/100

Forest floor, dark-skinned berry, iris and new leather aromas lead the nose. The full-bodied juicy palate offers ripe wild cherry, star anise and a hint of pipe tobacco alongside taut, fine-grained tannins. Drink 2023–2030.KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

93/100

Wild berry, dark spice and Mediterranean herb aromas lift out of the glass, accented by a whiff of new leather. The enveloping, full-bodied palate doles out fleshy black cherry, star anise, pipe tobacco and cinnamon notes, framed by chewy tannins. Drink 2020–2027. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

90/100

Here's a Brunello with thick concentration and broad aromas of mesquite smoke, black cherry and Indian spice. Despite that bold bouquet the wine is actually tight and compact in the mouth, where it performs with easy elegance thanks to its bright acidity and lively wild berry flavors.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2011

92/100

Wild berry, leafy underbrush, truffle, scorched earth and dark spice aromas unfold on this classic red. The full-bodied palate offers fleshy black cherry, clove, ground pepper and anise alongside firm, ripe tannins. Let the tannins unwind for a few more years then enjoy. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2009

90/100

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. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2008

90/100

Coffee, leather, licorice and plum cake flavors are deeply concentrated on this rich, opulent wine. There's fruit here too, in the form of cherry liqueur and blackberry pie. This is a robust and generous wine that will appeal to those who appreciate a darker side of Brunello.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2006

91/100

This is a nicely balanced wine with bright cherry and berry flavors that are offset by sweet spice, almond and toasted oak. The wood elements already show integration and will continue to diminish with time. Give this wine five or so more years of cellar aging.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2005

88/100

Here's a tight and compact expression from Montalcino with bright tones of cherry wood, wild berries and violets that are delivered in steady aromatic pulses. The finish is not too long or persistent, but the flavors are fresh and very tasty while they last.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

Produced from vineyards which are over 10 years old, it represents the essence of our concept of terroir: an expression of elegance, depth, and freshness of our Sangiovese, able to unite its balsamic quality of the north side of Montalcino with the opulence of our lands.

Wine type

DOCG

Grape variety

Sangiovese 100%

Altitude

Average of 300 Meters Above Sea Level

Soil type

The vintage Brunello di Montalcino "Canalicchio di Sopra" is the result of a blend of two different soils: Terrain with a marked clay component, very rich in intermediate elements such as Magnesium, Iron and Manganese characteristic of the Cru Canalicchio and a "galestro" soil high with a very high mineral component, loamy texture with a high presence of silt, characteristic of the Cru Montosoli.

The blend favors wines of great minerality and sapidity, supported by excellent acidity ideal for long aging.

Training System

Cordon trained and spur pruned (Spurrend cordon)

Vineyard

Grapes from the two estate Crus, Canalicchio and Montosoli, were used to make this wine from vineyards more than 10 years old.

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 and 5000 Liters)

First year of production

1966

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2011

93/100

The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is a beautifully round and opulent wine that bursts open with vitality and a rush of immediate fruit. It shows lasting intensity with dried cherry, plum, blackberry, spice, leather and tobacco. Generally speaking, the aromas are soft and enduring. This wine offers enormous pleasure upfront and can be consumed within the next ten years. The wine is less adapted for long aging given the approachable tannins and ripe fruit flavors. In its current form, it is a delicious Brunello. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

98/100

The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino will blow you away. This is a delightful expression that boasts its extreme quality from the minute the wine is poured from the bottle. As you should expect, it just gets better and better with each additional minute in the glass. It opens to a vibrant dark ruby color and blackish-garnet hues. The bouquet is ever changing and shows a long succession of aromatic characteristics that rage from dark fruit, plum, spice, leather, licorice, red rose, balsam and grilled herb. It's textbook Brunello from a great vintage and this side of the appellation (on the northeastern side) performs fantastically in 2010. This beauty should hold fifteen years or more. Monica Larner

 

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2009

92/100

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. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2008

93/100

The 2008 Brunello di Montalcino is fabulous. An exciting melange of dark cherries, plums, tobacco, licorice, mocha and herbs take shape in the glass. Powerful, rich and structured, the 2008 wraps around the palate with serious depth. The Canalicchio Brunellos often have an element of wildness to them, as does the 2008, but the wine also has a track record of aging very well. This is an intriguing Brunello, to say the least. The 2008 has more than enough depth to stand up to 36 months in cask. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2028. Canalicchio di Sopra is one of my favorite properties in Montalcino. The wines are consistently outstanding, have plenty of personality and also age beautifully. Antonio Galloni

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

94/100

Canalicchio di Sopra is high on my shortlist of favorite producers in Montalcino. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino is a sumptuous wine made according to carefully considered criteria. Every step of the winemaking process represents a selection of sorts, culminating in an expression of extremes. The precision, the focus and the pristine nature of the aromas cannot be exaggerated. It is such a pleasure to taste a wine of this caliber and distinction. Aromas of dark fruit and savory spice find seamless integration. Background tones of balsam herb, cola and licorice add a superior level of complexity. In the mouth, the wine is polished, fine and silky. The mouthfeel is thinner compared to 2011 and 2010. Otherwise, this is a fabulously elegant Brunello. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

95/100

Aromas of dark berry, mint, savory herb, blue flower and a balsamic note lead the nose. On the concentrated palate, notes of white pepper, cinnamon, clove, licorice and tobacco add depth to the black cherry core. Youthfully austere but fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity support the juicy flavors. Give this time to open and develop complexity. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2013

93/100

Forest floor, dark-skinned berry, iris and new leather aromas lead the nose. The full-bodied juicy palate offers ripe wild cherry, star anise and a hint of pipe tobacco alongside taut, fine-grained tannins. Drink 2023–2030.KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

93/100

Wild berry, dark spice and Mediterranean herb aromas lift out of the glass, accented by a whiff of new leather. The enveloping, full-bodied palate doles out fleshy black cherry, star anise, pipe tobacco and cinnamon notes, framed by chewy tannins. Drink 2020–2027. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

90/100

Here's a Brunello with thick concentration and broad aromas of mesquite smoke, black cherry and Indian spice. Despite that bold bouquet the wine is actually tight and compact in the mouth, where it performs with easy elegance thanks to its bright acidity and lively wild berry flavors.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2011

92/100

Wild berry, leafy underbrush, truffle, scorched earth and dark spice aromas unfold on this classic red. The full-bodied palate offers fleshy black cherry, clove, ground pepper and anise alongside firm, ripe tannins. Let the tannins unwind for a few more years then enjoy. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2009

90/100

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. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2008

90/100

Coffee, leather, licorice and plum cake flavors are deeply concentrated on this rich, opulent wine. There's fruit here too, in the form of cherry liqueur and blackberry pie. This is a robust and generous wine that will appeal to those who appreciate a darker side of Brunello.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2006

91/100

This is a nicely balanced wine with bright cherry and berry flavors that are offset by sweet spice, almond and toasted oak. The wood elements already show integration and will continue to diminish with time. Give this wine five or so more years of cellar aging.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2005

88/100

Here's a tight and compact expression from Montalcino with bright tones of cherry wood, wild berries and violets that are delivered in steady aromatic pulses. The finish is not too long or persistent, but the flavors are fresh and very tasty while they last.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

Produced from vineyards which are over 10 years old, it represents the essence of our concept of terroir: an expression of elegance, depth, and freshness of our Sangiovese, able to unite its balsamic quality of the north side of Montalcino with the opulence of our lands.

Wine type

DOCG

Grape variety

Sangiovese 100%

Altitude

Average of 300 Meters Above Sea Level

Soil type

The vintage Brunello di Montalcino "Canalicchio di Sopra" is the result of a blend of two different soils: Terrain with a marked clay component, very rich in intermediate elements such as Magnesium, Iron and Manganese characteristic of the Cru Canalicchio and a "galestro" soil high with a very high mineral component, loamy texture with a high presence of silt, characteristic of the Cru Montosoli.

The blend favors wines of great minerality and sapidity, supported by excellent acidity ideal for long aging.

Training System

Cordon trained and spur pruned (Spurrend cordon)

Vineyard

Grapes from the two estate Crus, Canalicchio and Montosoli, were used to make this wine from vineyards more than 10 years old.

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 and 5000 Liters)

First year of production

1966

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2011

93/100

The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is a beautifully round and opulent wine that bursts open with vitality and a rush of immediate fruit. It shows lasting intensity with dried cherry, plum, blackberry, spice, leather and tobacco. Generally speaking, the aromas are soft and enduring. This wine offers enormous pleasure upfront and can be consumed within the next ten years. The wine is less adapted for long aging given the approachable tannins and ripe fruit flavors. In its current form, it is a delicious Brunello. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

98/100

The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino will blow you away. This is a delightful expression that boasts its extreme quality from the minute the wine is poured from the bottle. As you should expect, it just gets better and better with each additional minute in the glass. It opens to a vibrant dark ruby color and blackish-garnet hues. The bouquet is ever changing and shows a long succession of aromatic characteristics that rage from dark fruit, plum, spice, leather, licorice, red rose, balsam and grilled herb. It's textbook Brunello from a great vintage and this side of the appellation (on the northeastern side) performs fantastically in 2010. This beauty should hold fifteen years or more. Monica Larner

 

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2009

92/100

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. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2008

93/100

The 2008 Brunello di Montalcino is fabulous. An exciting melange of dark cherries, plums, tobacco, licorice, mocha and herbs take shape in the glass. Powerful, rich and structured, the 2008 wraps around the palate with serious depth. The Canalicchio Brunellos often have an element of wildness to them, as does the 2008, but the wine also has a track record of aging very well. This is an intriguing Brunello, to say the least. The 2008 has more than enough depth to stand up to 36 months in cask. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2028. Canalicchio di Sopra is one of my favorite properties in Montalcino. The wines are consistently outstanding, have plenty of personality and also age beautifully. Antonio Galloni

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

94/100

Canalicchio di Sopra is high on my shortlist of favorite producers in Montalcino. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino is a sumptuous wine made according to carefully considered criteria. Every step of the winemaking process represents a selection of sorts, culminating in an expression of extremes. The precision, the focus and the pristine nature of the aromas cannot be exaggerated. It is such a pleasure to taste a wine of this caliber and distinction. Aromas of dark fruit and savory spice find seamless integration. Background tones of balsam herb, cola and licorice add a superior level of complexity. In the mouth, the wine is polished, fine and silky. The mouthfeel is thinner compared to 2011 and 2010. Otherwise, this is a fabulously elegant Brunello. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

95/100

Aromas of dark berry, mint, savory herb, blue flower and a balsamic note lead the nose. On the concentrated palate, notes of white pepper, cinnamon, clove, licorice and tobacco add depth to the black cherry core. Youthfully austere but fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity support the juicy flavors. Give this time to open and develop complexity. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2013

93/100

Forest floor, dark-skinned berry, iris and new leather aromas lead the nose. The full-bodied juicy palate offers ripe wild cherry, star anise and a hint of pipe tobacco alongside taut, fine-grained tannins. Drink 2023–2030.KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

93/100

Wild berry, dark spice and Mediterranean herb aromas lift out of the glass, accented by a whiff of new leather. The enveloping, full-bodied palate doles out fleshy black cherry, star anise, pipe tobacco and cinnamon notes, framed by chewy tannins. Drink 2020–2027. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

90/100

Here's a Brunello with thick concentration and broad aromas of mesquite smoke, black cherry and Indian spice. Despite that bold bouquet the wine is actually tight and compact in the mouth, where it performs with easy elegance thanks to its bright acidity and lively wild berry flavors.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2011

92/100

Wild berry, leafy underbrush, truffle, scorched earth and dark spice aromas unfold on this classic red. The full-bodied palate offers fleshy black cherry, clove, ground pepper and anise alongside firm, ripe tannins. Let the tannins unwind for a few more years then enjoy. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2009

90/100

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. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2008

90/100

Coffee, leather, licorice and plum cake flavors are deeply concentrated on this rich, opulent wine. There's fruit here too, in the form of cherry liqueur and blackberry pie. This is a robust and generous wine that will appeal to those who appreciate a darker side of Brunello.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2006

91/100

This is a nicely balanced wine with bright cherry and berry flavors that are offset by sweet spice, almond and toasted oak. The wood elements already show integration and will continue to diminish with time. Give this wine five or so more years of cellar aging.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2005

88/100

Here's a tight and compact expression from Montalcino with bright tones of cherry wood, wild berries and violets that are delivered in steady aromatic pulses. The finish is not too long or persistent, but the flavors are fresh and very tasty while they last.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

Produced from vineyards which are over 10 years old, it represents the essence of our concept of terroir: an expression of elegance, depth, and freshness of our Sangiovese, able to unite its balsamic quality of the north side of Montalcino with the opulence of our lands.

Wine type

DOCG

Grape variety

Sangiovese 100%

Altitude

Average of 300 Meters Above Sea Level

Soil type

The vintage Brunello di Montalcino "Canalicchio di Sopra" is the result of a blend of two different soils: Terrain with a marked clay component, very rich in intermediate elements such as Magnesium, Iron and Manganese characteristic of the Cru Canalicchio and a "galestro" soil high with a very high mineral component, loamy texture with a high presence of silt, characteristic of the Cru Montosoli.

The blend favors wines of great minerality and sapidity, supported by excellent acidity ideal for long aging.

Training System

Cordon trained and spur pruned (Spurrend cordon)

Vineyard

Grapes from the two estate Crus, Canalicchio and Montosoli, were used to make this wine from vineyards more than 10 years old.

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 and 5000 Liters)

First year of production

1966

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2011

93/100

The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is a beautifully round and opulent wine that bursts open with vitality and a rush of immediate fruit. It shows lasting intensity with dried cherry, plum, blackberry, spice, leather and tobacco. Generally speaking, the aromas are soft and enduring. This wine offers enormous pleasure upfront and can be consumed within the next ten years. The wine is less adapted for long aging given the approachable tannins and ripe fruit flavors. In its current form, it is a delicious Brunello. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

98/100

The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino will blow you away. This is a delightful expression that boasts its extreme quality from the minute the wine is poured from the bottle. As you should expect, it just gets better and better with each additional minute in the glass. It opens to a vibrant dark ruby color and blackish-garnet hues. The bouquet is ever changing and shows a long succession of aromatic characteristics that rage from dark fruit, plum, spice, leather, licorice, red rose, balsam and grilled herb. It's textbook Brunello from a great vintage and this side of the appellation (on the northeastern side) performs fantastically in 2010. This beauty should hold fifteen years or more. Monica Larner

 

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2009

92/100

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. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2008

93/100

The 2008 Brunello di Montalcino is fabulous. An exciting melange of dark cherries, plums, tobacco, licorice, mocha and herbs take shape in the glass. Powerful, rich and structured, the 2008 wraps around the palate with serious depth. The Canalicchio Brunellos often have an element of wildness to them, as does the 2008, but the wine also has a track record of aging very well. This is an intriguing Brunello, to say the least. The 2008 has more than enough depth to stand up to 36 months in cask. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2028. Canalicchio di Sopra is one of my favorite properties in Montalcino. The wines are consistently outstanding, have plenty of personality and also age beautifully. Antonio Galloni

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

94/100

Canalicchio di Sopra is high on my shortlist of favorite producers in Montalcino. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino is a sumptuous wine made according to carefully considered criteria. Every step of the winemaking process represents a selection of sorts, culminating in an expression of extremes. The precision, the focus and the pristine nature of the aromas cannot be exaggerated. It is such a pleasure to taste a wine of this caliber and distinction. Aromas of dark fruit and savory spice find seamless integration. Background tones of balsam herb, cola and licorice add a superior level of complexity. In the mouth, the wine is polished, fine and silky. The mouthfeel is thinner compared to 2011 and 2010. Otherwise, this is a fabulously elegant Brunello. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

95/100

Aromas of dark berry, mint, savory herb, blue flower and a balsamic note lead the nose. On the concentrated palate, notes of white pepper, cinnamon, clove, licorice and tobacco add depth to the black cherry core. Youthfully austere but fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity support the juicy flavors. Give this time to open and develop complexity. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2013

93/100

Forest floor, dark-skinned berry, iris and new leather aromas lead the nose. The full-bodied juicy palate offers ripe wild cherry, star anise and a hint of pipe tobacco alongside taut, fine-grained tannins. Drink 2023–2030.KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

93/100

Wild berry, dark spice and Mediterranean herb aromas lift out of the glass, accented by a whiff of new leather. The enveloping, full-bodied palate doles out fleshy black cherry, star anise, pipe tobacco and cinnamon notes, framed by chewy tannins. Drink 2020–2027. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

90/100

Here's a Brunello with thick concentration and broad aromas of mesquite smoke, black cherry and Indian spice. Despite that bold bouquet the wine is actually tight and compact in the mouth, where it performs with easy elegance thanks to its bright acidity and lively wild berry flavors.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2011

92/100

Wild berry, leafy underbrush, truffle, scorched earth and dark spice aromas unfold on this classic red. The full-bodied palate offers fleshy black cherry, clove, ground pepper and anise alongside firm, ripe tannins. Let the tannins unwind for a few more years then enjoy. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2009

90/100

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. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2008

90/100

Coffee, leather, licorice and plum cake flavors are deeply concentrated on this rich, opulent wine. There's fruit here too, in the form of cherry liqueur and blackberry pie. This is a robust and generous wine that will appeal to those who appreciate a darker side of Brunello.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2006

91/100

This is a nicely balanced wine with bright cherry and berry flavors that are offset by sweet spice, almond and toasted oak. The wood elements already show integration and will continue to diminish with time. Give this wine five or so more years of cellar aging.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2005

88/100

Here's a tight and compact expression from Montalcino with bright tones of cherry wood, wild berries and violets that are delivered in steady aromatic pulses. The finish is not too long or persistent, but the flavors are fresh and very tasty while they last.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

Produced from vineyards which are over 10 years old, it represents the essence of our concept of terroir: an expression of elegance, depth, and freshness of our Sangiovese, able to unite its balsamic quality of the north side of Montalcino with the opulence of our lands.

Wine type

DOCG

Grape variety

Sangiovese 100%

Altitude

Average of 300 Meters Above Sea Level

Soil type

The vintage Brunello di Montalcino "Canalicchio di Sopra" is the result of a blend of two different soils: Terrain with a marked clay component, very rich in intermediate elements such as Magnesium, Iron and Manganese characteristic of the Cru Canalicchio and a "galestro" soil high with a very high mineral component, loamy texture with a high presence of silt, characteristic of the Cru Montosoli.

The blend favors wines of great minerality and sapidity, supported by excellent acidity ideal for long aging.

Training System

Cordon trained and spur pruned (Spurrend cordon)

Vineyard

Grapes from the two estate Crus, Canalicchio and Montosoli, were used to make this wine from vineyards more than 10 years old.

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 and 5000 Liters)

First year of production

1966

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2011

93/100

The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is a beautifully round and opulent wine that bursts open with vitality and a rush of immediate fruit. It shows lasting intensity with dried cherry, plum, blackberry, spice, leather and tobacco. Generally speaking, the aromas are soft and enduring. This wine offers enormous pleasure upfront and can be consumed within the next ten years. The wine is less adapted for long aging given the approachable tannins and ripe fruit flavors. In its current form, it is a delicious Brunello. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

98/100

The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino will blow you away. This is a delightful expression that boasts its extreme quality from the minute the wine is poured from the bottle. As you should expect, it just gets better and better with each additional minute in the glass. It opens to a vibrant dark ruby color and blackish-garnet hues. The bouquet is ever changing and shows a long succession of aromatic characteristics that rage from dark fruit, plum, spice, leather, licorice, red rose, balsam and grilled herb. It's textbook Brunello from a great vintage and this side of the appellation (on the northeastern side) performs fantastically in 2010. This beauty should hold fifteen years or more. Monica Larner

 

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2009

92/100

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.