Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

Produced only for great vintages and in limited quantities from the oldest vineyards on the estate, it represents the flagship of quality on our estate: an expression of the concepts which we hold most dear at Canalicchio di Sopra - Elegance, Terroir, Depth. At least 80% of the grapes come from a single vineyard: Vigna Vecchia Mercatale. 

Wine type

DOCG

Grape variety

Sangiovese 100%

Altitude

Vigna Vecchia Mercatale
From 290 to 283 masl

Vigna Montosoli Filari Lunghi 
From 255 to 215 masl

Soil type

Vigna Vecchia Mercatale
Soil featuring a prevalent clayey component with considerable mineral content which characterize wines with great sapidity. The clayey component favours wines of great structure. 

Vigna Montosoli Filari Lunghi 
At higher elevations, marl with very high mineral components, clay loam texture with higher levels of lime. The significant pebbly texture increases the ph of the soil.

Training System

Cordon trained and spur pruned (Spurrend cordon)

Vineyard

Vigna Vecchia Mercatale / Vigna Montosoli Filari Lunghi 

Exposure

Vigna Vecchia Mercatale
12° NNE.
Facing north, it is subject to winds from the east which favour the exaltation of the balsamic aromas typical of the Cru, the wines from this vineyard reach that optimal balance between fruit and acidity, essential requirements for long ageing.

Vigna Montosoli Filari Lunghi 
336° NNW

Vinification

In steel tanks with fermentation temperature control, daily soft pumping over and delastage. Maceration on the skins for 35 days.

Aging

36 months in slavonian Oak casks

First year of production

1987

Alcohol content

14,50%

Production

3653 bottles by 750 ml 

190 bottles by 1500 ml 

25 bottles by 3000 ml 

Winemaker Notes

THE UNION OF TWO TERROIRS:

Remaining faithful to our philosophy of producing the Riserva only when that vintage is destined for a long period of ageing in the bottle, the 2016 Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG was produced to pay homage to one of the greatest, exciting, and classic harvests that Montalcino has ever known. 

For us, the choice of the vineyard to produce a Riserva is one that takes us on a quest in the oldest vineyards on the estate to that one vineyard which, in that specific year, expresses the essence and pureness of that vintage.

In a vintage characterized by balance, regularity, and perfect ripening in all vineyards, we decided to produce a Riserva as a blend of the Vigna Vecchia Mercatale and the Vigna Montosoli Filari Lunghi, bringing together the two terroirs and two vineyards in a union of harmony and elegance.
It is from this choice that the 2016 Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG came to be: a wine that has the ambition of simultaneously demonstrating the strength and the elegance of the vintage, the thick tannic texture supported by its richness of flavour and freshness as well as the depth and harmony of Sangiovese in a great classic vintage in Montalcino. 

Vintage Climate

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

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

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

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

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

The month of May was rainy with a total of about 100mm of rain, accompanied by cooler than average temperatures which slowed down the vines without compromising their health. The rain later proved fundamental during the driest months of July and August.

The month of June saw only two rainstorms with average seasonal amounts of rainfall.
July and August were two perfect months for the maturation of Sangiovese grapes with warm but not excessively hot temperatures during the day (never above 35°C) and cool at night. These significant diurnal temperature ranges favoured a slow continual maturation and especially resulted in a thick skin with great quantities of polyphenols. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

99/100

The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is one of my favorite wines of the year. It gets as close to Brunello perfection as vinously possible. Fruit is sourced exclusively from the estate's oldest vines in the Vigna Vecchia Mercatale vineyard, the oldest Canalicchio cru. The vines were planted in 1987-1988. They are in their prime production years right now. This is first time the Riserva is made exclusively from that site. The depth of this wine is extraordinary. The wine starts with a playful offering of red fruit and cherry. Like many of the wines from this vintage, the bouquet takes a while to arrive at full intensity.
That margin should shorten as the wine continues its cellar aging and evolution. Yet, the slow start to the bouquet is ultimately what drives your interest in this wine. The mouthfeel is exceptional with tannins that are both silky and firm at the same time.
My visit to Canalicchio di Sopra was one of the most complete and satisfying of the Montalcino region. Francesco Ripaccioli offered a tasting of his current releases and a fascinating look at Brunello from the Vigna Casaccia from 2013, 2014 and 2015 (before malolactic fermentation). With the memory of that tasting firmly in mind, I enjoyed a second tasting of his new wines at home. The Canalicchio di Sopra 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is among my top five favorite wines of the vintage joining in the company of Il Marroneto, Casanova di Neri, Pian dell'Orino and Salvioni.

Monica Larner

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

93/100

A dense, plummy style, offering supporting notes of tobacco, underbrush, earth and mineral. Ripe and balanced, with lively acidity and assertive tannins shoring up the finish. Needs some time, but the equilibrium is there. Best from 2019 through 2033. 833 cases made.

Bruce Sanderson

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

18/20 (TOP SCORE FOR THE VINTAGE)

Mid ruby with bright orange tinges. Fine oatmeal and cherry nose. Powerful, fruit-driven palate that is fantastically balanced. Very intense right now but possesses lots of depth and energy and beautifully polished tannins. Drink 2020-2034 Walter Speller

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

96/100 - CELLAR SELECTION

Underbrush, truffle, pressed violet, tilled soil, eucalyptus and mature berry aromas unfold on this structured, elegant red. It is still young and primary, offering red cherry, black raspberry, menthol, licorice and dried herb alongside youthfully austere tannins that need to unwind. This will benefit from another decade of cellaring. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

95/100

Underbrush, tobacco, new leather and chopped herb aromas unfold in the glass. Full bodied and tightly wound, the palate delivers Marasca cherry, pomegranate, licorice and orange zest framed in taut fine-grained tannins. Give this several more years to come around then drink or hold for even more complexity. Drink from 2022 through 2032. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2005

93/100

This is a very pleasurable, smooth and rich Riserva that lavishes layers of chocolate fudge, vanilla bean and bright cherry. Overall, it shows good intensity and smooth consistency.

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2007

93/100

Ripe, lush and polished, this red is fresh and lively, showcasing plum, cherry, leather, spice and chocolate flavors on a sleek frame. Lacks cohesion on the finish for now, but should come together with age. Best from 2016 through 2032.

Bruce Sanderson

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2006

95/100

A dense and powerful red with tight and structured tannins. It's full yet sleek and lean. Very firm and long. A beautiful wine with real greatness. Clarity in the bottle. Drink now, but will improve for years ahead.

James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2005

92/100

This is spicy in style, with vanilla, cedar and clove aromas and flavors accenting a core of cherry and tobacco. In the end, there's a purity to the fruit, but it needs time to find its balance. Structured and long. Best from 2014 through 2027. 420 cases made.

Bruce Sanderson

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

92/100

There's licorice on the nose, with some salt and ripe cherry, in this Brunello, which has very intense aromas that lead to a chewy, concentrated, full-bodied palate. A little rustic and overdone. But impressive nonetheless. There's lots of toasty oak--a little less new wood would make this even better. Best after 2013. 500 cases made.

James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2001

91/100

Lots of blackberry, tar and dried flowers. Full-bodied, with a solid core of fruit and a long finish. Chewy. Best after 2010. 330 cases made.

James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
1999

90/100

Supple and caressing, with plenty of violet, berry and cedar character. Medium- to full-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and a long finish. Best after 2005. 335 cases made.

James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
1998

90/100

Very fresh and fruity with refined tannins and a long finish. Medium- to full-bodied, silky texture. Another year of bottle age would bring it together. Best after 2004. 200 cases made.

James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

98/100

A wine that shows so much on the nose with dried-meat, wet-earth and fruit aromas and flavors. Changes all the time. Full body, velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. Superb depth and length. Drink now or hold for as long as you'd like.

James Suckling 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2007

92/100

Shows excellent aromas of plums and light coffee that follow through to a full body, with chewy tannins and a medium finish. A bit more on the finish would take it to a different level. Needs a year or two to soften.

James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
1999

93/100

This is very intense and rich with polished and velvety tannins. Full body, leather, berry and plum character. Hints of chocolate and meat. Drink now.

James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

95+/100

The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is just as magnificent as it was last year. Since then, the 2010 has acquired an extra dimension of finesse it did not show last year. Powerful yet weightless in the style that is typical of the wines of the north, the Riserva exudes energy, tension and depth. Sweet dark cherry, lavender, herbs, mint and tobacco shape this deeply expressive, virile Riserva built on class. The new oak, which was evident last year, has not subsided and is really only evident in the wine's mid-palate sweetness and texture.

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2007

94/100

Canalicchio di Sopra's 2007 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva delivers the goods. A dark, enveloping wine, the Riserva is laced with black stone fruits, scorched earth, smoke, licorice and violets. As always, the style is intense and brooding to the core. In 2007, there is a little more raciness and early appeal to the Riserva than is often the case, but this remains a fairly muscular style of Brunello that will appeal most to readers who enjoy structured wines.

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2006

94/100

The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a big, broad-shouldered wine endowed with tremendous depth and richness. Black cherries, licorice, new leather and tobacco wrap around the palate in this dramatic, sweeping Brunello. Despite the wine's size, there is plenty of nuance and detail. The 2006 needed all of its 40 months in cask. This is a fabulous effort.

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2005

93+/100

The 2005 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is terrific. Freshly cut roses, sweet red fruits, tobacco and licorice emerge gracefully from this refined, utterly impeccable Brunello. Sweet, elegant tannins frame the fruit beautifully through to the finish. The 2005 Riserva remains a typical, mineral-laced, taut wine from the northern district. Its potential for continued positive development in bottle seems excellent. The estate gave the Riserva 40 months in oak.

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

96/100

An absolutely compelling Brunello, Canalicchio's 2004 Riserva is magnificent from the very first taste. Rich and ample on the palate with silky tannins in support, the 2004 Riserva captures the very best qualities of a vintage in which the wines are sensual and finessed to the core. Still very, very young, the 2004 Riserva will drink well for another 20 years or more. Put quite simply, the 2004 Riserva is a knock out. This is a perfect example where the differences between the Brunello and the Riserva are more about stylistic and personal preferences rather than absolute quality.

Antonio Galloni

 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2001

93/100

The 2001 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is in a beautiful spot today, now that the tannins have begun to soften a touch. Bold and broadly sketched, the 2001 Riserva shows the more voluptuous side of the year. This is a classic Canalicchio wine, but with a little more power, ripeness and richness than is often found. Black fruit, smoke, tobacco, licorice and game add the final layers of nuance.

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
1995

94/100

The 1995 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is quite a bit fresher than the straight Brunello bottling. As always, the wines of this era here show an element of rusticity, but within that context, the Riserva is quite pretty and expressive. Still vibrant, the 1995 Riserva will drink well for another decade or so.

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2007

92/100

Tasted next to the 2006, the 2007 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva comes across as relatively soft and easygoing. Ripe, silky tannins provide the framework for layers of expressive fruit in a sophisticated Brunello with plenty of early appeal. I suggest drinking the 2007 while the 2006 ages. Both are fabulous. The 2007 spent six months in 750-liter French oak barrels followed by 36 months in cask. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2022. 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 MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2006

94/100

One of the truly exciting wines of the year, the 2006 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva boasts superb richness, power and depth from start to finish. Cloves, violets, incense, plums, black cherries and menthol all explode from the glass in a virile, towering Brunello endowed with massive structure. Fresh, vibrant and beautifully delineated, this drop-dead gorgeous Riserva has more than enough stuffing to drink well for two decades. The estate gave the 2006 Riserva 42 months in oak, all of which it handled beautifully. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2031. 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 MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2005

93+/100

he 2005 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is terrific. Freshly cut roses, sweet red fruits, tobacco and licorice emerge gracefully from this refined, utterly impeccable Brunello. Sweet, elegant tannins frame the fruit beautifully through to the finish. The 2005 Riserva remains a typical, mineral-laced, taut wine from the northern district. Its potential for continued positive development in bottle seems excellent. The estate gave the Riserva 40 months in oak. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025. This is another solid set of wines from Canalicchio di Sopra – Ripaccioli, an estate that continues to ratchet up quality in a meaningful way.  

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

93+/100

The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is built on a core of elegance and refinement rather than the sheer power that typically characterizes the estate’s wines. This is a sensual, layered Brunello that only gradually reveals its seductive charm. Sweet, silky tannins support a core of ripe dark fruit all the way through to the sublime, delicate finish. Readers looking for a blockbuster 2004 Riserva should look elsewhere, but those in search of the elegant side of Brunello will find much to admire here. That said; the wine gained quite a bit of volume and depth with air, so it will be interesting to see where things go from here. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2024. Canalicchio di Sopra - Ripaccioli seems to be making better and better wines with each passing vintage. The estate’s Rosso and Brunellos are sourced from vineyards in the Canalicchio and Montosoli districts, both on the northern side of Montalcino, and are aged predominantly in cask.  

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2001

91/100

There is something rustic yet deeply satisfying about Canalicchio di Sopra’s highly idiosyncratic Brunellos that makes them compelling to drink. The intense 2001 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is loaded with black cherries, earthiness, tobacco and spices. A dark, brooding, powerful wine, it isn’t especially approachable today, but it should offer terrific drinking with another year or two of bottle age. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2019.  

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
1999

94/100

The 1999 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva made a terrific showing thanks to its all-embracing personality. There’s a real sense of abundance and generosity here that starts with the wine’s richly textured mouthfeel and darkly concentrated appearance. The aromas have certainly moved into the third and final stage of their evolution with smoked bacon and saddle bag but there’s enough pressed fruit and crushed flower to keep it from feeling one-dimensional. The mouthfeel is lean and elegant with surprising focus and clarity. Decant the wine three to four hours prior to serving. Drink: 2014-2028.

Monica Larner

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
1998

91/100

The 1998 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is dark in color, ripe and full on the nose with abundant sensations of caramel, chocolate, and tar, and a rich, firm, ample palate which features plenty of grip and authority on the finish. Drink: 2005-2016. 

Daniel Thomases

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
1997

90/100

The 1997 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a wine that totally took me off guard. I associate Canalicchio di Sopra with a classic, so-called “traditional” style that puts an emphasis on the smallest details like delicate nuances and lithe sensations. This wine is obviously born from a very different mindset, a more powerful vintage. Bold and broad-shouldered, it is packed tight with pressed cherry, anise seed, tar and black licorice. It changes tune slightly in the mouth where it walks with quieter footsteps. This wine is at its peak performance right now and may fade fast. I recommend a shorter decanting. Drink: 2014-2019.

Monica Larner

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

17,5/20

Tasted blind. Very heavy bottle! Lustrous deep ruby with orange rim. Sweet, brooding nose. Fragrant and elegant on the palate with plenty of polished tannins. Very fruit dominated on the finish, for the moment. Huge potential. 

Walter Speller

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2007

15,5/20

Very heavy bottle! Dark, mature-looking ruby. Very slow to emerge from the glass and same reluctance on the palate. Key word is sweet concentration. A little leathery. 

Walter Speller

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2006

16,5/20

Concentrated deep ruby with narrow orange rim. Fruit marked by nutty oak but with real depth and lots of concentration. 

Walter Speller

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2005

16,5/20

Bright red. Ripe red fruits and strong mintiness. Pretty warm and round.  Concentrated and still with sinewy tannins. Very dry - dried fruit - finish. Just a bit awkward. 

Walter Speller

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

18/20

Concentrated maturing ruby with bricky rim. Amazingly fine, perfumed sweet nose with notes of tea leaves and pure cherry. Wonderful precision of fruit on the palate and richly tannic. The Barolo amongst the Brunello? No signs of age yet! Wonderful depth on the finish. 

Walter Speller

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2001

17++/20

Mid-to-dark mature-looking ruby with bright, brickstone rim. Sweet undergrowth, multi-layered dried fruit with some cherry creeping up. Hint of herb liqueur. Supple, full bodied and still a little closed. Sweetly aromatic on a tannic finish. Very slow to open up, and still could do with more time in the bottle. Lots of powdery tannins for the moment but with wonderful fine tangy acidity on the finish. 

Walter Speller

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

94/100

This riserva Brunello delivers a dark and masculine approach with brawny aromas of cured meat, spice, black fruit and prune. Both the density and persistency are impressive and the wine ends with inky concentration and finely textured tannins.

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2006

95/100

Here is a generous, modern and bold expression of Sangiovese Grosso whose soft layers of chocolate and dark cherry fruit help soften the natural acidity and structure of the 2006 vintage. A polished mineral note adds attractive definition on the finish. Tight and very firm; age this wine 10–20 years.

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

93/100

Here's another superstar Brunello Riserva from the excellent 2004 vintage. The aromas are rich and penetrating and recall cherry liqueur, cola, mesquite, cedar, wet earth and pressed violets. The wine's texture is streamlined and compact with polished tannins.

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2015

98/100

The Canalicchio di Sopra 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a beauty. It offers a brilliant interpretation of a warm and sunny vintage from cool, mineral-rich soils in an area with steep shifts between day and nighttime temperatures. This is one of those special wines in which the vintage characteristics fit the territory with the precision of a jigsaw puzzle. The bouquet is fluid and complex with tart cherry fruit, cola, licorice, aniseed and blue flower. That aniseed comes around a second time. The arrangement and order of those aromas changes with each successive swirl of the glass. This Riserva is fermented in stainless steel and aged in Slavonian oak casks for 36 months. Bottle production is shy of 7,000.
- Monica Larner 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2015

95+/100

The 2015 Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a dark and exotic expression of Sangiovese. It pulls you closer to the glass with an alluring display, showing medicinal cherry, plum, a sweet dusting of cinnamon, clove and finally crushed violets. The textures are like pure silk being slowly draped across your palate, offset by tart red and black fruits, as a complex web of acids, minerals and tannins saturate, clamping down toward the close. Structured and tart, as it should be at this youthful phase, the 2015 is still just an infant, with the potential for over a decade’s worth of positive evolution. This year’s Riserva hails from fruit exclusively from the Vigna Vecchia Mercatale vineyard within the Canalicchio cru, and it spends only two extra months in 2,500-liter Slavonian oak casks prior to bottling. Tasted over the course of two days it got better each time I revisited it.
- Eric Guido 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2015

98/100

An opulent red with black-cherry and plum aromas and flavors with undertones of orange peel and porcini mushrooms. It’s full-bodied and layered with depth and intensity throughout. Solid and layered. Very structured. Give this at least three to four years of bottle age. Try after 2024.
- James Suckling 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

95/100

The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a beautifully saturated expression, with gorgeous density and presence. The bouquet is carefully considered in terms of its power and intensity (remember, this was a hot and dry vintage, and ripening was accelerated as a result). It shows lots of varietal character and definition without ever going overboard or feeling too soft or ripe. In fact, this Riserva is surprisingly tonic and firm deep down. It sweeps over the palate with sweet, plush and softly velvety waves of fruity flavors.
- Monica Larner 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

94+/100

Good full red. Clean, focused aromas and ripe flavors of strawberry, blood orange, peppery spices and underbrush. Dense, ripe and savory but virtually weightless, delivering outstanding energy, depth and inner-mouth perfume. There's a lovely core of sweetness here, but the wine stands out today for its savoriness and youthful firmness. Finishes subtle and very long, displaying polished, suave tannins. This is yet another noteworthy 2012 Brunello Riserva.
- Ian D'Agata 

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2012

94/100

Classically styled wine with a spicy and cedary nose as well as dried flowers and a little orange zest. The palate has a very smoothly rendered tannin bed and bright, succulent flavors of dried dark cherries. Pretty structure and depth. Try from 2022.
- James Suckling 

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2012

95/100

This year's Riserva comes from the estate's two oldest vineyards. The north-facing Vigna Vecchia Mercatale makes up the backbone, with the remaining 20% coming from Vigna Casaccia, which will be bottled as a single vineyard Brunello in the future. There is a wild gaminess on the nose, countered by scents of lavender, tobacco and intense balsamic herbs. On the palate, powdery tannins frame compact fruit and the finish reverberates with a captivating minerality.
- Michaela Morris 

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2012

96/100

A ripe, macerated version, displaying plum, cherry, tobacco, earth and spice flavors. A beam of lively acidity in the middle elevates this. Ends with elegance, supporting tannins and fine length. Best from 2022 through 2036. 600 cases made, 200 cases imported. 
- Bruce Sanderson 

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2013

97/100

The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a tremendous wine that delivers a deep sense of inner gravity and balance. That, in a nutshell, is the secret of the top-end wines made at the exciting Canalicchio di Sopra estate. The wines made here always exhibit carefully measured balance in the classic vintages (like 2013) and in the difficult years as well. That extreme balance is exactly why you taste the vintage variation with such distinction. This expression from 2013 is remarkably smooth and silky with a steady succession of traditional Sangiovese aromas that span from wild berry, forest floor, wet earth, pressed flower and hints of tangy licorice or aniseed. This is a mid-weight Brunello that glides over the palate with precise, delicate and long lasting waves of intensity. Some 3,185 bottles, 174 magnums and 30 double magnums were made.
- Monica Larner 

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2013

93/100

This has tarry aromas with a wealth of ripe black cherries and a dusting of cocoa. The palate has a plush, ripe-berry core, as well as a neat frame of succulent tannins. Good cut and drive here. Drink or hold.
- James Suckling 

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2013

93+/100

Deep red. An inviting nose of red cherry, gardenia, lily of the valley, and minerals leads to a creamy, expansive yet ultra-buoyant palate. A hint of salinity complements flavors similar to the aromas adding freshness and extending them on the long finish.
- Ian D'Agata 

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2013

97/100

Francesco Ripaccioli only has 11 harvests under his belt but calls 2013 the most beautiful one so far. This is also the first year in which the estate's Riserva comes exclusively from the Montosoli cru. Planted in 1995, these are the oldest vines in their stable. Even more thrilling than the winery's 2012, the 2013 Riserva is a model of precision, exquisite balance and razor-sharp linearity. Dense without being heavy, this is buoyed by vivacious acidity and wrapped in commanding yet fine-grained tannins. It unfolds slowly, revealing notes of mineral, sweet dark earth, rosehip, violet and sage blossom - but it promises even more in the years ahead.
- Michaela Morris 

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2013

95/100

Woodland-berry, forest-floor, Mediterranean herb and blue-flower aromas mingle with whiffs of dark spice and leather. Savory and loaded with finesse, the focused palate delivers black cherry, cranberry, baking spice and tobacco set against tightly knit polished tannins. It's balanced, with bright acidity. Drink 2023–2030.
- Kerin 0'Keefe

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2013

18/20

Deep ruby with bricky tinges. Brooding nose hinting at sweet fruit. Monolithic and slow on the palate and with a fantastic balance between concentrated tangy fruit and ripe, gripping tannins. Patience needed.
- Walter Speller 

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2013

95/100

This is harmonious, featuring cherry, strawberry, plum and earth flavors that mesh with the supple texture and firm structure. Elements of iron, leather and tobacco emerge as this red stretches out on the tangy finish. Best from 2021 through 2040. 275 cases made, 100 cases imported.
- Bruce Sanserdon 

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2015

97/100

From the commitment and efforts made by the Pacenti family, here is an excellent product. Aged 42 months in oak. Density and tautness on the nose: cherry jam, a touch of aromatic herbs, rosemary, ending on the notes of licorice. Compact mouth, iodized tannins with an officinal taste returning on the finish.
- Luca Gardini 

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2015

95/100

English
Powerful, sparkling ruby ​​garnet. Slightly restrained nose with finely drawn notes of cherry jam and blackberry, behind it some leather and smoke. Grippy, dense tannin, shows a lot of power, gripping, firm pressure in the end.
- Othmar Kiem, Simon Staffler

Deutsche

Kraftvolles, funkelndes Rubin-Granat. Etwas zurückhaltende Nase mit fein gezeichneten Noten nach Kirschenmarmelade und Brombeere, dahinter etwas Leder und Rauch. Griffiges, dichtmaschiges Tannin, zeigt viel Kraft, zupackend, im Finale fester Druck.
- Othmar Kiem, Simon Staffler

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2015

95/100

This red evokes sweet, ripe fruit in the form of plum and cherry, complemented by accents of leather, almond, earth and autumn woods. The fruit is matched to a dense matrix of tannins, while the aftertaste lingers, echoing both fruit and savory elements. Best from 2024 through 2047.
- Bruce Sanderson 

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2015

96/100

In years it's produced, Canalicchio di Sopra crafts its Riserva from a single vineyard of the estate’s oldest vines. In 2015, it hails from Vigna Vecchia Mercatale, which countered the vintage’s warmth with its north-facing, breezy exposure. Opening slowly, it marries lifted liquorice, dried flowers and baking spice with forest undergrowth and leather. There's plenty of character here with a mouthful of dusty red currants and red cherries. Chewy and vigorous, it
really keeps improving in the glass - but I would put it away for a few more years.
Drinking Window 2024 - 2038
- Michaela Morris

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2015

QUATTRO VITI

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2016

97/100

Lovely sweet black cherries and blackberries on the nose with lots of flowers. Full-bodied with fine, dusty tannins that are polished and beautiful. It’s very poised and pretty now, but will deliver so much more with bottle age. Goes on and on. Drink after 2024.
- James Suckling

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2016

98/100

The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is dark, floral and exotic, even sultry at times, presenting a bouquet of black currant, animal musk and savory, crushed ashen stone. The textures are silky yet dense, showing mineral-webbed woodland berries and balsamic spices. The tannic heft mounts toward the close, penetrating deeply, but with brisk acids to balance. The 2016 is animalistic in nature, yet crystalline and fresh, tapering off structured and incredibly long, leaving licorice and balsam herbs to linger. In 2016, Francesco Ripaccioli decided to use fruit from both the Vigna Vecchia and Mercatale vineyards in the Riserva, which is typically the richer and bolder expression of Brunello at Canalicchio di Sopra, but in 2016, it's totally classic in every possible way. What a glorious wine!
- Eric Guido 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2016

97/100

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2016

100/100

Richness and complexity for a Riserva for years at the top of his category. From Vigna Vecchia Mercatale and Vigna Casaccia, on the skins for 28 days in steel, then at least 42 months in Slavonian oak. Raspberry jam on the nose, salty touches of Taggiasche olives, finish on the notes of rhubarb. Mouth with iodized tannins, persistence and fruity return.
- Luca Gardini 

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Produced only for great vintages and in limited quantities from the oldest vineyards on the estate, it represents the flagship of quality on our estate: an expression of the concepts which we hold most dear at Canalicchio di Sopra - Elegance, Terroir, Depth. At least 80% of the grapes come from a single vineyard: Vigna Vecchia Mercatale. 

Wine type

DOCG

Grape variety

Sangiovese 100%

Altitude

From 283 to 290 masl

Soil type

Soil featuring a prevalent clayey component with considerable mineral content which characterize wines with great sapidity. The clayey component favours wines of great structure. Facing north and subject to eastern winds that favour the exaltation of balsamic aromas typical of the Crù, wines from this vineyard achieve that optimal balance between fruit and acidity, essential requirements for long ageing.

Training System

Cordon trained and spur pruned (Spurrend cordon)

Vineyard

100% Vigna Vecchia Mercatale 

Exposure

Facing north, it is subject to winds from the east which favour the exaltation of the balsamic aromas typical of the Cru, the wines from this vineyard reach that optimal balance between fruit and acidity, essential requirements for long ageing.

Vinification

In steel tanks with fermentation temperature control, daily soft pumping over and delastage. Maceration on the skins for 35 days.

Aging

36 months in slavonian Oak casks

First year of production

1987

Alcohol content

15%

Production

5802 bottles by 750 ml 

329 bottles by 1500 ml 

35 bottles by 3000 ml 

10 bottles by 5000 ml 

Winemaker Notes

A VINEYARD, A HISTORY, A RISERVA

The 2015 “Canalicchio di Sopra” Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG is true to our winery’s production choices: making a Riserva only for vintages destined for long ageing in the bottle and choosing one single vineyard among our oldest which, in that specific year, is able to express the characteristics of the year in the best way, to distinguish itself not for its strength and concentration but for its elegance, freshness, and depth. In years that tend to be warm but balanced and characterized by significant diurnal temperature ranges, the chosen vineyard for this project is Vigna Vecchia Mercatale. This vineyard, planted in 1988, sits on a mostly clayey terrain with a strong presence of minerals and is able to give us wines of great structure and sapidity during the best vintages. Facing north, it is subject to winds from the east which favour the exaltation of balsamic aromas typical of this Cru. Wines from this vineyard reach that optimal balance between fruit and acidity, essential for long ageing. We therefore made the same decision as for the 2010 vintage, to produce our Riserva entirely from the Vigna Vecchia Mercatale vineyard enclosing in each single bottle the essence of this vintage capable of finding a great balance in the context of great elegance.

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

99/100

The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is one of my favorite wines of the year. It gets as close to Brunello perfection as vinously possible. Fruit is sourced exclusively from the estate's oldest vines in the Vigna Vecchia Mercatale vineyard, the oldest Canalicchio cru. The vines were planted in 1987-1988. They are in their prime production years right now. This is first time the Riserva is made exclusively from that site. The depth of this wine is extraordinary. The wine starts with a playful offering of red fruit and cherry. Like many of the wines from this vintage, the bouquet takes a while to arrive at full intensity.
That margin should shorten as the wine continues its cellar aging and evolution. Yet, the slow start to the bouquet is ultimately what drives your interest in this wine. The mouthfeel is exceptional with tannins that are both silky and firm at the same time.
My visit to Canalicchio di Sopra was one of the most complete and satisfying of the Montalcino region. Francesco Ripaccioli offered a tasting of his current releases and a fascinating look at Brunello from the Vigna Casaccia from 2013, 2014 and 2015 (before malolactic fermentation). With the memory of that tasting firmly in mind, I enjoyed a second tasting of his new wines at home. The Canalicchio di Sopra 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is among my top five favorite wines of the vintage joining in the company of Il Marroneto, Casanova di Neri, Pian dell'Orino and Salvioni.

Monica Larner

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2010

93/100

A dense, plummy style, offering supporting notes of tobacco, underbrush, earth and mineral. Ripe and balanced, with lively acidity and assertive tannins shoring up the finish. Needs some time, but the equilibrium is there. Best from 2019 through 2033. 833 cases made.

Bruce Sanderson

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2012

18/20 (TOP SCORE FOR THE VINTAGE)

Mid ruby with bright orange tinges. Fine oatmeal and cherry nose. Powerful, fruit-driven palate that is fantastically balanced. Very intense right now but possesses lots of depth and energy and beautifully polished tannins. Drink 2020-2034 Walter Speller

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2010

96/100 - CELLAR SELECTION

Underbrush, truffle, pressed violet, tilled soil, eucalyptus and mature berry aromas unfold on this structured, elegant red. It is still young and primary, offering red cherry, black raspberry, menthol, licorice and dried herb alongside youthfully austere tannins that need to unwind. This will benefit from another decade of cellaring. KERIN O’KEEFE

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2012

95/100

Underbrush, tobacco, new leather and chopped herb aromas unfold in the glass. Full bodied and tightly wound, the palate delivers Marasca cherry, pomegranate, licorice and orange zest framed in taut fine-grained tannins. Give this several more years to come around then drink or hold for even more complexity. Drink from 2022 through 2032. KERIN O’KEEFE

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2005

93/100

This is a very pleasurable, smooth and rich Riserva that lavishes layers of chocolate fudge, vanilla bean and bright cherry. Overall, it shows good intensity and smooth consistency.

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2007

93/100

Ripe, lush and polished, this red is fresh and lively, showcasing plum, cherry, leather, spice and chocolate flavors on a sleek frame. Lacks cohesion on the finish for now, but should come together with age. Best from 2016 through 2032.

Bruce Sanderson

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2006

95/100

A dense and powerful red with tight and structured tannins. It's full yet sleek and lean. Very firm and long. A beautiful wine with real greatness. Clarity in the bottle. Drink now, but will improve for years ahead.

James Suckling

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2005

92/100

This is spicy in style, with vanilla, cedar and clove aromas and flavors accenting a core of cherry and tobacco. In the end, there's a purity to the fruit, but it needs time to find its balance. Structured and long. Best from 2014 through 2027. 420 cases made.

Bruce Sanderson

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2004

92/100

There's licorice on the nose, with some salt and ripe cherry, in this Brunello, which has very intense aromas that lead to a chewy, concentrated, full-bodied palate. A little rustic and overdone. But impressive nonetheless. There's lots of toasty oak--a little less new wood would make this even better. Best after 2013. 500 cases made.

James Suckling

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2001

91/100

Lots of blackberry, tar and dried flowers. Full-bodied, with a solid core of fruit and a long finish. Chewy. Best after 2010. 330 cases made.

James Suckling

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1999

90/100

Supple and caressing, with plenty of violet, berry and cedar character. Medium- to full-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and a long finish. Best after 2005. 335 cases made.

James Suckling

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1998

90/100

Very fresh and fruity with refined tannins and a long finish. Medium- to full-bodied, silky texture. Another year of bottle age would bring it together. Best after 2004. 200 cases made.

James Suckling

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2010

98/100

A wine that shows so much on the nose with dried-meat, wet-earth and fruit aromas and flavors. Changes all the time. Full body, velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. Superb depth and length. Drink now or hold for as long as you'd like.

James Suckling 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2007

92/100

Shows excellent aromas of plums and light coffee that follow through to a full body, with chewy tannins and a medium finish. A bit more on the finish would take it to a different level. Needs a year or two to soften.

James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
1999

93/100

This is very intense and rich with polished and velvety tannins. Full body, leather, berry and plum character. Hints of chocolate and meat. Drink now.

James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

95+/100

The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is just as magnificent as it was last year. Since then, the 2010 has acquired an extra dimension of finesse it did not show last year. Powerful yet weightless in the style that is typical of the wines of the north, the Riserva exudes energy, tension and depth. Sweet dark cherry, lavender, herbs, mint and tobacco shape this deeply expressive, virile Riserva built on class. The new oak, which was evident last year, has not subsided and is really only evident in the wine's mid-palate sweetness and texture.

Antonio Galloni

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2007

94/100

Canalicchio di Sopra's 2007 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva delivers the goods. A dark, enveloping wine, the Riserva is laced with black stone fruits, scorched earth, smoke, licorice and violets. As always, the style is intense and brooding to the core. In 2007, there is a little more raciness and early appeal to the Riserva than is often the case, but this remains a fairly muscular style of Brunello that will appeal most to readers who enjoy structured wines.

Antonio Galloni

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2006

94/100

The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a big, broad-shouldered wine endowed with tremendous depth and richness. Black cherries, licorice, new leather and tobacco wrap around the palate in this dramatic, sweeping Brunello. Despite the wine's size, there is plenty of nuance and detail. The 2006 needed all of its 40 months in cask. This is a fabulous effort.

Antonio Galloni

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2005

93+/100

The 2005 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is terrific. Freshly cut roses, sweet red fruits, tobacco and licorice emerge gracefully from this refined, utterly impeccable Brunello. Sweet, elegant tannins frame the fruit beautifully through to the finish. The 2005 Riserva remains a typical, mineral-laced, taut wine from the northern district. Its potential for continued positive development in bottle seems excellent. The estate gave the Riserva 40 months in oak.

Antonio Galloni

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2004

96/100

An absolutely compelling Brunello, Canalicchio's 2004 Riserva is magnificent from the very first taste. Rich and ample on the palate with silky tannins in support, the 2004 Riserva captures the very best qualities of a vintage in which the wines are sensual and finessed to the core. Still very, very young, the 2004 Riserva will drink well for another 20 years or more. Put quite simply, the 2004 Riserva is a knock out. This is a perfect example where the differences between the Brunello and the Riserva are more about stylistic and personal preferences rather than absolute quality.

Antonio Galloni

 

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2001

93/100

The 2001 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is in a beautiful spot today, now that the tannins have begun to soften a touch. Bold and broadly sketched, the 2001 Riserva shows the more voluptuous side of the year. This is a classic Canalicchio wine, but with a little more power, ripeness and richness than is often found. Black fruit, smoke, tobacco, licorice and game add the final layers of nuance.

Antonio Galloni

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1995

94/100

The 1995 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is quite a bit fresher than the straight Brunello bottling. As always, the wines of this era here show an element of rusticity, but within that context, the Riserva is quite pretty and expressive. Still vibrant, the 1995 Riserva will drink well for another decade or so.

Antonio Galloni

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2007

92/100

Tasted next to the 2006, the 2007 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva comes across as relatively soft and easygoing. Ripe, silky tannins provide the framework for layers of expressive fruit in a sophisticated Brunello with plenty of early appeal. I suggest drinking the 2007 while the 2006 ages. Both are fabulous. The 2007 spent six months in 750-liter French oak barrels followed by 36 months in cask. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2022. 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

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2006

94/100

One of the truly exciting wines of the year, the 2006 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva boasts superb richness, power and depth from start to finish. Cloves, violets, incense, plums, black cherries and menthol all explode from the glass in a virile, towering Brunello endowed with massive structure. Fresh, vibrant and beautifully delineated, this drop-dead gorgeous Riserva has more than enough stuffing to drink well for two decades. The estate gave the 2006 Riserva 42 months in oak, all of which it handled beautifully. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2031. 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

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2005

93+/100

he 2005 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is terrific. Freshly cut roses, sweet red fruits, tobacco and licorice emerge gracefully from this refined, utterly impeccable Brunello. Sweet, elegant tannins frame the fruit beautifully through to the finish. The 2005 Riserva remains a typical, mineral-laced, taut wine from the northern district. Its potential for continued positive development in bottle seems excellent. The estate gave the Riserva 40 months in oak. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025. This is another solid set of wines from Canalicchio di Sopra – Ripaccioli, an estate that continues to ratchet up quality in a meaningful way.  

Antonio Galloni

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2004

93+/100

The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is built on a core of elegance and refinement rather than the sheer power that typically characterizes the estate’s wines. This is a sensual, layered Brunello that only gradually reveals its seductive charm. Sweet, silky tannins support a core of ripe dark fruit all the way through to the sublime, delicate finish. Readers looking for a blockbuster 2004 Riserva should look elsewhere, but those in search of the elegant side of Brunello will find much to admire here. That said; the wine gained quite a bit of volume and depth with air, so it will be interesting to see where things go from here. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2024. Canalicchio di Sopra - Ripaccioli seems to be making better and better wines with each passing vintage. The estate’s Rosso and Brunellos are sourced from vineyards in the Canalicchio and Montosoli districts, both on the northern side of Montalcino, and are aged predominantly in cask.  

Antonio Galloni

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2001

91/100

There is something rustic yet deeply satisfying about Canalicchio di Sopra’s highly idiosyncratic Brunellos that makes them compelling to drink. The intense 2001 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is loaded with black cherries, earthiness, tobacco and spices. A dark, brooding, powerful wine, it isn’t especially approachable today, but it should offer terrific drinking with another year or two of bottle age. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2019.  

Antonio Galloni

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1999

94/100

The 1999 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva made a terrific showing thanks to its all-embracing personality. There’s a real sense of abundance and generosity here that starts with the wine’s richly textured mouthfeel and darkly concentrated appearance. The aromas have certainly moved into the third and final stage of their evolution with smoked bacon and saddle bag but there’s enough pressed fruit and crushed flower to keep it from feeling one-dimensional. The mouthfeel is lean and elegant with surprising focus and clarity. Decant the wine three to four hours prior to serving. Drink: 2014-2028.

Monica Larner

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1998

91/100

The 1998 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is dark in color, ripe and full on the nose with abundant sensations of caramel, chocolate, and tar, and a rich, firm, ample palate which features plenty of grip and authority on the finish. Drink: 2005-2016. 

Daniel Thomases

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1997

90/100

The 1997 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a wine that totally took me off guard. I associate Canalicchio di Sopra with a classic, so-called “traditional” style that puts an emphasis on the smallest details like delicate nuances and lithe sensations. This wine is obviously born from a very different mindset, a more powerful vintage. Bold and broad-shouldered, it is packed tight with pressed cherry, anise seed, tar and black licorice. It changes tune slightly in the mouth where it walks with quieter footsteps. This wine is at its peak performance right now and may fade fast. I recommend a shorter decanting. Drink: 2014-2019.

Monica Larner

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

17,5/20

Tasted blind. Very heavy bottle! Lustrous deep ruby with orange rim. Sweet, brooding nose. Fragrant and elegant on the palate with plenty of polished tannins. Very fruit dominated on the finish, for the moment. Huge potential. 

Walter Speller

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2007

15,5/20

Very heavy bottle! Dark, mature-looking ruby. Very slow to emerge from the glass and same reluctance on the palate. Key word is sweet concentration. A little leathery. 

Walter Speller

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2006

16,5/20

Concentrated deep ruby with narrow orange rim. Fruit marked by nutty oak but with real depth and lots of concentration. 

Walter Speller

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2005

16,5/20

Bright red. Ripe red fruits and strong mintiness. Pretty warm and round.  Concentrated and still with sinewy tannins. Very dry - dried fruit - finish. Just a bit awkward. 

Walter Speller

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

18/20

Concentrated maturing ruby with bricky rim. Amazingly fine, perfumed sweet nose with notes of tea leaves and pure cherry. Wonderful precision of fruit on the palate and richly tannic. The Barolo amongst the Brunello? No signs of age yet! Wonderful depth on the finish. 

Walter Speller

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2001

17++/20

Mid-to-dark mature-looking ruby with bright, brickstone rim. Sweet undergrowth, multi-layered dried fruit with some cherry creeping up. Hint of herb liqueur. Supple, full bodied and still a little closed. Sweetly aromatic on a tannic finish. Very slow to open up, and still could do with more time in the bottle. Lots of powdery tannins for the moment but with wonderful fine tangy acidity on the finish. 

Walter Speller

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

94/100

This riserva Brunello delivers a dark and masculine approach with brawny aromas of cured meat, spice, black fruit and prune. Both the density and persistency are impressive and the wine ends with inky concentration and finely textured tannins.

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2006

95/100

Here is a generous, modern and bold expression of Sangiovese Grosso whose soft layers of chocolate and dark cherry fruit help soften the natural acidity and structure of the 2006 vintage. A polished mineral note adds attractive definition on the finish. Tight and very firm; age this wine 10–20 years.

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

93/100

Here's another superstar Brunello Riserva from the excellent 2004 vintage. The aromas are rich and penetrating and recall cherry liqueur, cola, mesquite, cedar, wet earth and pressed violets. The wine's texture is streamlined and compact with polished tannins.

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2015

98/100

The Canalicchio di Sopra 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a beauty. It offers a brilliant interpretation of a warm and sunny vintage from cool, mineral-rich soils in an area with steep shifts between day and nighttime temperatures. This is one of those special wines in which the vintage characteristics fit the territory with the precision of a jigsaw puzzle. The bouquet is fluid and complex with tart cherry fruit, cola, licorice, aniseed and blue flower. That aniseed comes around a second time. The arrangement and order of those aromas changes with each successive swirl of the glass. This Riserva is fermented in stainless steel and aged in Slavonian oak casks for 36 months. Bottle production is shy of 7,000.
- Monica Larner 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2015

95+/100

The 2015 Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a dark and exotic expression of Sangiovese. It pulls you closer to the glass with an alluring display, showing medicinal cherry, plum, a sweet dusting of cinnamon, clove and finally crushed violets. The textures are like pure silk being slowly draped across your palate, offset by tart red and black fruits, as a complex web of acids, minerals and tannins saturate, clamping down toward the close. Structured and tart, as it should be at this youthful phase, the 2015 is still just an infant, with the potential for over a decade’s worth of positive evolution. This year’s Riserva hails from fruit exclusively from the Vigna Vecchia Mercatale vineyard within the Canalicchio cru, and it spends only two extra months in 2,500-liter Slavonian oak casks prior to bottling. Tasted over the course of two days it got better each time I revisited it.
- Eric Guido 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2015

98/100

An opulent red with black-cherry and plum aromas and flavors with undertones of orange peel and porcini mushrooms. It’s full-bodied and layered with depth and intensity throughout. Solid and layered. Very structured. Give this at least three to four years of bottle age. Try after 2024.
- James Suckling 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

95/100

The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a beautifully saturated expression, with gorgeous density and presence. The bouquet is carefully considered in terms of its power and intensity (remember, this was a hot and dry vintage, and ripening was accelerated as a result). It shows lots of varietal character and definition without ever going overboard or feeling too soft or ripe. In fact, this Riserva is surprisingly tonic and firm deep down. It sweeps over the palate with sweet, plush and softly velvety waves of fruity flavors.
- Monica Larner 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

94+/100

Good full red. Clean, focused aromas and ripe flavors of strawberry, blood orange, peppery spices and underbrush. Dense, ripe and savory but virtually weightless, delivering outstanding energy, depth and inner-mouth perfume. There's a lovely core of sweetness here, but the wine stands out today for its savoriness and youthful firmness. Finishes subtle and very long, displaying polished, suave tannins. This is yet another noteworthy 2012 Brunello Riserva.
- Ian D'Agata 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

94/100

Classically styled wine with a spicy and cedary nose as well as dried flowers and a little orange zest. The palate has a very smoothly rendered tannin bed and bright, succulent flavors of dried dark cherries. Pretty structure and depth. Try from 2022.
- James Suckling 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

95/100

This year's Riserva comes from the estate's two oldest vineyards. The north-facing Vigna Vecchia Mercatale makes up the backbone, with the remaining 20% coming from Vigna Casaccia, which will be bottled as a single vineyard Brunello in the future. There is a wild gaminess on the nose, countered by scents of lavender, tobacco and intense balsamic herbs. On the palate, powdery tannins frame compact fruit and the finish reverberates with a captivating minerality.
- Michaela Morris 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

96/100

A ripe, macerated version, displaying plum, cherry, tobacco, earth and spice flavors. A beam of lively acidity in the middle elevates this. Ends with elegance, supporting tannins and fine length. Best from 2022 through 2036. 600 cases made, 200 cases imported. 
- Bruce Sanderson 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2013

97/100

The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a tremendous wine that delivers a deep sense of inner gravity and balance. That, in a nutshell, is the secret of the top-end wines made at the exciting Canalicchio di Sopra estate. The wines made here always exhibit carefully measured balance in the classic vintages (like 2013) and in the difficult years as well. That extreme balance is exactly why you taste the vintage variation with such distinction. This expression from 2013 is remarkably smooth and silky with a steady succession of traditional Sangiovese aromas that span from wild berry, forest floor, wet earth, pressed flower and hints of tangy licorice or aniseed. This is a mid-weight Brunello that glides over the palate with precise, delicate and long lasting waves of intensity. Some 3,185 bottles, 174 magnums and 30 double magnums were made.
- Monica Larner 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2013

93/100

This has tarry aromas with a wealth of ripe black cherries and a dusting of cocoa. The palate has a plush, ripe-berry core, as well as a neat frame of succulent tannins. Good cut and drive here. Drink or hold.
- James Suckling 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2013

93+/100

Deep red. An inviting nose of red cherry, gardenia, lily of the valley, and minerals leads to a creamy, expansive yet ultra-buoyant palate. A hint of salinity complements flavors similar to the aromas adding freshness and extending them on the long finish.
- Ian D'Agata 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2013

97/100

Francesco Ripaccioli only has 11 harvests under his belt but calls 2013 the most beautiful one so far. This is also the first year in which the estate's Riserva comes exclusively from the Montosoli cru. Planted in 1995, these are the oldest vines in their stable. Even more thrilling than the winery's 2012, the 2013 Riserva is a model of precision, exquisite balance and razor-sharp linearity. Dense without being heavy, this is buoyed by vivacious acidity and wrapped in commanding yet fine-grained tannins. It unfolds slowly, revealing notes of mineral, sweet dark earth, rosehip, violet and sage blossom - but it promises even more in the years ahead.
- Michaela Morris 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2013

95/100

Woodland-berry, forest-floor, Mediterranean herb and blue-flower aromas mingle with whiffs of dark spice and leather. Savory and loaded with finesse, the focused palate delivers black cherry, cranberry, baking spice and tobacco set against tightly knit polished tannins. It's balanced, with bright acidity. Drink 2023–2030.
- Kerin 0'Keefe

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2013

18/20

Deep ruby with bricky tinges. Brooding nose hinting at sweet fruit. Monolithic and slow on the palate and with a fantastic balance between concentrated tangy fruit and ripe, gripping tannins. Patience needed.
- Walter Speller 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2013

95/100

This is harmonious, featuring cherry, strawberry, plum and earth flavors that mesh with the supple texture and firm structure. Elements of iron, leather and tobacco emerge as this red stretches out on the tangy finish. Best from 2021 through 2040. 275 cases made, 100 cases imported.
- Bruce Sanserdon 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2015

97/100

From the commitment and efforts made by the Pacenti family, here is an excellent product. Aged 42 months in oak. Density and tautness on the nose: cherry jam, a touch of aromatic herbs, rosemary, ending on the notes of licorice. Compact mouth, iodized tannins with an officinal taste returning on the finish.
- Luca Gardini 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2015

95/100

English
Powerful, sparkling ruby ​​garnet. Slightly restrained nose with finely drawn notes of cherry jam and blackberry, behind it some leather and smoke. Grippy, dense tannin, shows a lot of power, gripping, firm pressure in the end.
- Othmar Kiem, Simon Staffler

Deutsche

Kraftvolles, funkelndes Rubin-Granat. Etwas zurückhaltende Nase mit fein gezeichneten Noten nach Kirschenmarmelade und Brombeere, dahinter etwas Leder und Rauch. Griffiges, dichtmaschiges Tannin, zeigt viel Kraft, zupackend, im Finale fester Druck.
- Othmar Kiem, Simon Staffler

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2015

95/100

This red evokes sweet, ripe fruit in the form of plum and cherry, complemented by accents of leather, almond, earth and autumn woods. The fruit is matched to a dense matrix of tannins, while the aftertaste lingers, echoing both fruit and savory elements. Best from 2024 through 2047.
- Bruce Sanderson 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2015

96/100

In years it's produced, Canalicchio di Sopra crafts its Riserva from a single vineyard of the estate’s oldest vines. In 2015, it hails from Vigna Vecchia Mercatale, which countered the vintage’s warmth with its north-facing, breezy exposure. Opening slowly, it marries lifted liquorice, dried flowers and baking spice with forest undergrowth and leather. There's plenty of character here with a mouthful of dusty red currants and red cherries. Chewy and vigorous, it
really keeps improving in the glass - but I would put it away for a few more years.
Drinking Window 2024 - 2038
- Michaela Morris

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2015

QUATTRO VITI

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2016

97/100

Lovely sweet black cherries and blackberries on the nose with lots of flowers. Full-bodied with fine, dusty tannins that are polished and beautiful. It’s very poised and pretty now, but will deliver so much more with bottle age. Goes on and on. Drink after 2024.
- James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2016

98/100

The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is dark, floral and exotic, even sultry at times, presenting a bouquet of black currant, animal musk and savory, crushed ashen stone. The textures are silky yet dense, showing mineral-webbed woodland berries and balsamic spices. The tannic heft mounts toward the close, penetrating deeply, but with brisk acids to balance. The 2016 is animalistic in nature, yet crystalline and fresh, tapering off structured and incredibly long, leaving licorice and balsam herbs to linger. In 2016, Francesco Ripaccioli decided to use fruit from both the Vigna Vecchia and Mercatale vineyards in the Riserva, which is typically the richer and bolder expression of Brunello at Canalicchio di Sopra, but in 2016, it's totally classic in every possible way. What a glorious wine!
- Eric Guido 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2016

97/100

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2016

100/100

Richness and complexity for a Riserva for years at the top of his category. From Vigna Vecchia Mercatale and Vigna Casaccia, on the skins for 28 days in steel, then at least 42 months in Slavonian oak. Raspberry jam on the nose, salty touches of Taggiasche olives, finish on the notes of rhubarb. Mouth with iodized tannins, persistence and fruity return.
- Luca Gardini 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

Produced only for great vintages and in limited quantities from the oldest vineyards on the estate, it represents the flagship of quality on our estate: an expression of the concepts which we hold most dear at Canalicchio di Sopra - Elegance, Terroir, Depth. At least 80% of the grapes come from a single vineyard: Vigna Vecchia Mercatale. 

Wine type

DOCG

Grape variety

Sangiovese 100%

Altitude

From 283 to 290 masl

Soil type

Soil featuring a prevalent clayey component with considerable mineral content which characterize wines with great sapidity. The clayey component favours wines of great structure. Facing north and subject to eastern winds that favour the exaltation of balsamic aromas typical of the Crù, wines from this vineyard achieve that optimal balance between fruit and acidity, essential requirements for long ageing.

Training System

Cordon trained and spur pruned (Spurrend cordon)

Vineyard
Vinification

In steel tanks with fermentation temperature control, daily soft pumping over. Maceration on the skins for 28 days.

Aging

42 months in slavonian Oak casks

First year of production

1987

Alcohol content

14.50%

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

99/100

The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is one of my favorite wines of the year. It gets as close to Brunello perfection as vinously possible. Fruit is sourced exclusively from the estate's oldest vines in the Vigna Vecchia Mercatale vineyard, the oldest Canalicchio cru. The vines were planted in 1987-1988. They are in their prime production years right now. This is first time the Riserva is made exclusively from that site. The depth of this wine is extraordinary. The wine starts with a playful offering of red fruit and cherry. Like many of the wines from this vintage, the bouquet takes a while to arrive at full intensity.
That margin should shorten as the wine continues its cellar aging and evolution. Yet, the slow start to the bouquet is ultimately what drives your interest in this wine. The mouthfeel is exceptional with tannins that are both silky and firm at the same time.
My visit to Canalicchio di Sopra was one of the most complete and satisfying of the Montalcino region. Francesco Ripaccioli offered a tasting of his current releases and a fascinating look at Brunello from the Vigna Casaccia from 2013, 2014 and 2015 (before malolactic fermentation). With the memory of that tasting firmly in mind, I enjoyed a second tasting of his new wines at home. The Canalicchio di Sopra 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is among my top five favorite wines of the vintage joining in the company of Il Marroneto, Casanova di Neri, Pian dell'Orino and Salvioni.

Monica Larner

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

93/100

A dense, plummy style, offering supporting notes of tobacco, underbrush, earth and mineral. Ripe and balanced, with lively acidity and assertive tannins shoring up the finish. Needs some time, but the equilibrium is there. Best from 2019 through 2033. 833 cases made.

Bruce Sanderson

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

18/20 (TOP SCORE FOR THE VINTAGE)

Mid ruby with bright orange tinges. Fine oatmeal and cherry nose. Powerful, fruit-driven palate that is fantastically balanced. Very intense right now but possesses lots of depth and energy and beautifully polished tannins. Drink 2020-2034 Walter Speller

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

96/100 - CELLAR SELECTION

Underbrush, truffle, pressed violet, tilled soil, eucalyptus and mature berry aromas unfold on this structured, elegant red. It is still young and primary, offering red cherry, black raspberry, menthol, licorice and dried herb alongside youthfully austere tannins that need to unwind. This will benefit from another decade of cellaring. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

95/100

Underbrush, tobacco, new leather and chopped herb aromas unfold in the glass. Full bodied and tightly wound, the palate delivers Marasca cherry, pomegranate, licorice and orange zest framed in taut fine-grained tannins. Give this several more years to come around then drink or hold for even more complexity. Drink from 2022 through 2032. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2005

93/100

This is a very pleasurable, smooth and rich Riserva that lavishes layers of chocolate fudge, vanilla bean and bright cherry. Overall, it shows good intensity and smooth consistency.

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2007

93/100

Ripe, lush and polished, this red is fresh and lively, showcasing plum, cherry, leather, spice and chocolate flavors on a sleek frame. Lacks cohesion on the finish for now, but should come together with age. Best from 2016 through 2032.

Bruce Sanderson

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2006

95/100

A dense and powerful red with tight and structured tannins. It's full yet sleek and lean. Very firm and long. A beautiful wine with real greatness. Clarity in the bottle. Drink now, but will improve for years ahead.

James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2005

92/100

This is spicy in style, with vanilla, cedar and clove aromas and flavors accenting a core of cherry and tobacco. In the end, there's a purity to the fruit, but it needs time to find its balance. Structured and long. Best from 2014 through 2027. 420 cases made.

Bruce Sanderson

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

92/100

There's licorice on the nose, with some salt and ripe cherry, in this Brunello, which has very intense aromas that lead to a chewy, concentrated, full-bodied palate. A little rustic and overdone. But impressive nonetheless. There's lots of toasty oak--a little less new wood would make this even better. Best after 2013. 500 cases made.

James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2001

91/100

Lots of blackberry, tar and dried flowers. Full-bodied, with a solid core of fruit and a long finish. Chewy. Best after 2010. 330 cases made.

James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
1999

90/100

Supple and caressing, with plenty of violet, berry and cedar character. Medium- to full-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and a long finish. Best after 2005. 335 cases made.

James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
1998

90/100

Very fresh and fruity with refined tannins and a long finish. Medium- to full-bodied, silky texture. Another year of bottle age would bring it together. Best after 2004. 200 cases made.

James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

98/100

A wine that shows so much on the nose with dried-meat, wet-earth and fruit aromas and flavors. Changes all the time. Full body, velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. Superb depth and length. Drink now or hold for as long as you'd like.

James Suckling 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2007

92/100

Shows excellent aromas of plums and light coffee that follow through to a full body, with chewy tannins and a medium finish. A bit more on the finish would take it to a different level. Needs a year or two to soften.

James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
1999

93/100

This is very intense and rich with polished and velvety tannins. Full body, leather, berry and plum character. Hints of chocolate and meat. Drink now.

James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

95+/100

The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is just as magnificent as it was last year. Since then, the 2010 has acquired an extra dimension of finesse it did not show last year. Powerful yet weightless in the style that is typical of the wines of the north, the Riserva exudes energy, tension and depth. Sweet dark cherry, lavender, herbs, mint and tobacco shape this deeply expressive, virile Riserva built on class. The new oak, which was evident last year, has not subsided and is really only evident in the wine's mid-palate sweetness and texture.

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2007

94/100

Canalicchio di Sopra's 2007 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva delivers the goods. A dark, enveloping wine, the Riserva is laced with black stone fruits, scorched earth, smoke, licorice and violets. As always, the style is intense and brooding to the core. In 2007, there is a little more raciness and early appeal to the Riserva than is often the case, but this remains a fairly muscular style of Brunello that will appeal most to readers who enjoy structured wines.

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2006

94/100

The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a big, broad-shouldered wine endowed with tremendous depth and richness. Black cherries, licorice, new leather and tobacco wrap around the palate in this dramatic, sweeping Brunello. Despite the wine's size, there is plenty of nuance and detail. The 2006 needed all of its 40 months in cask. This is a fabulous effort.

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2005

93+/100

The 2005 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is terrific. Freshly cut roses, sweet red fruits, tobacco and licorice emerge gracefully from this refined, utterly impeccable Brunello. Sweet, elegant tannins frame the fruit beautifully through to the finish. The 2005 Riserva remains a typical, mineral-laced, taut wine from the northern district. Its potential for continued positive development in bottle seems excellent. The estate gave the Riserva 40 months in oak.

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

96/100

An absolutely compelling Brunello, Canalicchio's 2004 Riserva is magnificent from the very first taste. Rich and ample on the palate with silky tannins in support, the 2004 Riserva captures the very best qualities of a vintage in which the wines are sensual and finessed to the core. Still very, very young, the 2004 Riserva will drink well for another 20 years or more. Put quite simply, the 2004 Riserva is a knock out. This is a perfect example where the differences between the Brunello and the Riserva are more about stylistic and personal preferences rather than absolute quality.

Antonio Galloni

 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2001

93/100

The 2001 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is in a beautiful spot today, now that the tannins have begun to soften a touch. Bold and broadly sketched, the 2001 Riserva shows the more voluptuous side of the year. This is a classic Canalicchio wine, but with a little more power, ripeness and richness than is often found. Black fruit, smoke, tobacco, licorice and game add the final layers of nuance.

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
1995

94/100

The 1995 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is quite a bit fresher than the straight Brunello bottling. As always, the wines of this era here show an element of rusticity, but within that context, the Riserva is quite pretty and expressive. Still vibrant, the 1995 Riserva will drink well for another decade or so.

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2007

92/100

Tasted next to the 2006, the 2007 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva comes across as relatively soft and easygoing. Ripe, silky tannins provide the framework for layers of expressive fruit in a sophisticated Brunello with plenty of early appeal. I suggest drinking the 2007 while the 2006 ages. Both are fabulous. The 2007 spent six months in 750-liter French oak barrels followed by 36 months in cask. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2022. 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 MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2006

94/100

One of the truly exciting wines of the year, the 2006 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva boasts superb richness, power and depth from start to finish. Cloves, violets, incense, plums, black cherries and menthol all explode from the glass in a virile, towering Brunello endowed with massive structure. Fresh, vibrant and beautifully delineated, this drop-dead gorgeous Riserva has more than enough stuffing to drink well for two decades. The estate gave the 2006 Riserva 42 months in oak, all of which it handled beautifully. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2031. 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

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2005

93+/100

he 2005 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is terrific. Freshly cut roses, sweet red fruits, tobacco and licorice emerge gracefully from this refined, utterly impeccable Brunello. Sweet, elegant tannins frame the fruit beautifully through to the finish. The 2005 Riserva remains a typical, mineral-laced, taut wine from the northern district. Its potential for continued positive development in bottle seems excellent. The estate gave the Riserva 40 months in oak. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025. This is another solid set of wines from Canalicchio di Sopra – Ripaccioli, an estate that continues to ratchet up quality in a meaningful way.  

Antonio Galloni

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2004

93+/100

The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is built on a core of elegance and refinement rather than the sheer power that typically characterizes the estate’s wines. This is a sensual, layered Brunello that only gradually reveals its seductive charm. Sweet, silky tannins support a core of ripe dark fruit all the way through to the sublime, delicate finish. Readers looking for a blockbuster 2004 Riserva should look elsewhere, but those in search of the elegant side of Brunello will find much to admire here. That said; the wine gained quite a bit of volume and depth with air, so it will be interesting to see where things go from here. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2024. Canalicchio di Sopra - Ripaccioli seems to be making better and better wines with each passing vintage. The estate’s Rosso and Brunellos are sourced from vineyards in the Canalicchio and Montosoli districts, both on the northern side of Montalcino, and are aged predominantly in cask.  

Antonio Galloni

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2001

91/100

There is something rustic yet deeply satisfying about Canalicchio di Sopra’s highly idiosyncratic Brunellos that makes them compelling to drink. The intense 2001 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is loaded with black cherries, earthiness, tobacco and spices. A dark, brooding, powerful wine, it isn’t especially approachable today, but it should offer terrific drinking with another year or two of bottle age. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2019.  

Antonio Galloni

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1999

94/100

The 1999 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva made a terrific showing thanks to its all-embracing personality. There’s a real sense of abundance and generosity here that starts with the wine’s richly textured mouthfeel and darkly concentrated appearance. The aromas have certainly moved into the third and final stage of their evolution with smoked bacon and saddle bag but there’s enough pressed fruit and crushed flower to keep it from feeling one-dimensional. The mouthfeel is lean and elegant with surprising focus and clarity. Decant the wine three to four hours prior to serving. Drink: 2014-2028.

Monica Larner

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1998

91/100

The 1998 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is dark in color, ripe and full on the nose with abundant sensations of caramel, chocolate, and tar, and a rich, firm, ample palate which features plenty of grip and authority on the finish. Drink: 2005-2016. 

Daniel Thomases

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1997

90/100

The 1997 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a wine that totally took me off guard. I associate Canalicchio di Sopra with a classic, so-called “traditional” style that puts an emphasis on the smallest details like delicate nuances and lithe sensations. This wine is obviously born from a very different mindset, a more powerful vintage. Bold and broad-shouldered, it is packed tight with pressed cherry, anise seed, tar and black licorice. It changes tune slightly in the mouth where it walks with quieter footsteps. This wine is at its peak performance right now and may fade fast. I recommend a shorter decanting. Drink: 2014-2019.

Monica Larner

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2010

17,5/20

Tasted blind. Very heavy bottle! Lustrous deep ruby with orange rim. Sweet, brooding nose. Fragrant and elegant on the palate with plenty of polished tannins. Very fruit dominated on the finish, for the moment. Huge potential. 

Walter Speller

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2007

15,5/20

Very heavy bottle! Dark, mature-looking ruby. Very slow to emerge from the glass and same reluctance on the palate. Key word is sweet concentration. A little leathery. 

Walter Speller

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2006

16,5/20

Concentrated deep ruby with narrow orange rim. Fruit marked by nutty oak but with real depth and lots of concentration. 

Walter Speller

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2005

16,5/20

Bright red. Ripe red fruits and strong mintiness. Pretty warm and round.  Concentrated and still with sinewy tannins. Very dry - dried fruit - finish. Just a bit awkward. 

Walter Speller

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2004

18/20

Concentrated maturing ruby with bricky rim. Amazingly fine, perfumed sweet nose with notes of tea leaves and pure cherry. Wonderful precision of fruit on the palate and richly tannic. The Barolo amongst the Brunello? No signs of age yet! Wonderful depth on the finish. 

Walter Speller

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2001

17++/20

Mid-to-dark mature-looking ruby with bright, brickstone rim. Sweet undergrowth, multi-layered dried fruit with some cherry creeping up. Hint of herb liqueur. Supple, full bodied and still a little closed. Sweetly aromatic on a tannic finish. Very slow to open up, and still could do with more time in the bottle. Lots of powdery tannins for the moment but with wonderful fine tangy acidity on the finish. 

Walter Speller

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

94/100

This riserva Brunello delivers a dark and masculine approach with brawny aromas of cured meat, spice, black fruit and prune. Both the density and persistency are impressive and the wine ends with inky concentration and finely textured tannins.

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2006

95/100

Here is a generous, modern and bold expression of Sangiovese Grosso whose soft layers of chocolate and dark cherry fruit help soften the natural acidity and structure of the 2006 vintage. A polished mineral note adds attractive definition on the finish. Tight and very firm; age this wine 10–20 years.

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2004

93/100

Here's another superstar Brunello Riserva from the excellent 2004 vintage. The aromas are rich and penetrating and recall cherry liqueur, cola, mesquite, cedar, wet earth and pressed violets. The wine's texture is streamlined and compact with polished tannins.

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2015

98/100

The Canalicchio di Sopra 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a beauty. It offers a brilliant interpretation of a warm and sunny vintage from cool, mineral-rich soils in an area with steep shifts between day and nighttime temperatures. This is one of those special wines in which the vintage characteristics fit the territory with the precision of a jigsaw puzzle. The bouquet is fluid and complex with tart cherry fruit, cola, licorice, aniseed and blue flower. That aniseed comes around a second time. The arrangement and order of those aromas changes with each successive swirl of the glass. This Riserva is fermented in stainless steel and aged in Slavonian oak casks for 36 months. Bottle production is shy of 7,000.
- Monica Larner 

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2015

95+/100

The 2015 Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a dark and exotic expression of Sangiovese. It pulls you closer to the glass with an alluring display, showing medicinal cherry, plum, a sweet dusting of cinnamon, clove and finally crushed violets. The textures are like pure silk being slowly draped across your palate, offset by tart red and black fruits, as a complex web of acids, minerals and tannins saturate, clamping down toward the close. Structured and tart, as it should be at this youthful phase, the 2015 is still just an infant, with the potential for over a decade’s worth of positive evolution. This year’s Riserva hails from fruit exclusively from the Vigna Vecchia Mercatale vineyard within the Canalicchio cru, and it spends only two extra months in 2,500-liter Slavonian oak casks prior to bottling. Tasted over the course of two days it got better each time I revisited it.
- Eric Guido 

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2015

98/100

An opulent red with black-cherry and plum aromas and flavors with undertones of orange peel and porcini mushrooms. It’s full-bodied and layered with depth and intensity throughout. Solid and layered. Very structured. Give this at least three to four years of bottle age. Try after 2024.
- James Suckling 

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2012

95/100

The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a beautifully saturated expression, with gorgeous density and presence. The bouquet is carefully considered in terms of its power and intensity (remember, this was a hot and dry vintage, and ripening was accelerated as a result). It shows lots of varietal character and definition without ever going overboard or feeling too soft or ripe. In fact, this Riserva is surprisingly tonic and firm deep down. It sweeps over the palate with sweet, plush and softly velvety waves of fruity flavors.
- Monica Larner 

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2012

94+/100

Good full red. Clean, focused aromas and ripe flavors of strawberry, blood orange, peppery spices and underbrush. Dense, ripe and savory but virtually weightless, delivering outstanding energy, depth and inner-mouth perfume. There's a lovely core of sweetness here, but the wine stands out today for its savoriness and youthful firmness. Finishes subtle and very long, displaying polished, suave tannins. This is yet another noteworthy 2012 Brunello Riserva.
- Ian D'Agata 

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2012

94/100

Classically styled wine with a spicy and cedary nose as well as dried flowers and a little orange zest. The palate has a very smoothly rendered tannin bed and bright, succulent flavors of dried dark cherries. Pretty structure and depth. Try from 2022.
- James Suckling 

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2012

95/100

This year's Riserva comes from the estate's two oldest vineyards. The north-facing Vigna Vecchia Mercatale makes up the backbone, with the remaining 20% coming from Vigna Casaccia, which will be bottled as a single vineyard Brunello in the future. There is a wild gaminess on the nose, countered by scents of lavender, tobacco and intense balsamic herbs. On the palate, powdery tannins frame compact fruit and the finish reverberates with a captivating minerality.
- Michaela Morris 

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2012

96/100

A ripe, macerated version, displaying plum, cherry, tobacco, earth and spice flavors. A beam of lively acidity in the middle elevates this. Ends with elegance, supporting tannins and fine length. Best from 2022 through 2036. 600 cases made, 200 cases imported. 
- Bruce Sanderson 

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2013

97/100

The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a tremendous wine that delivers a deep sense of inner gravity and balance. That, in a nutshell, is the secret of the top-end wines made at the exciting Canalicchio di Sopra estate. The wines made here always exhibit carefully measured balance in the classic vintages (like 2013) and in the difficult years as well. That extreme balance is exactly why you taste the vintage variation with such distinction. This expression from 2013 is remarkably smooth and silky with a steady succession of traditional Sangiovese aromas that span from wild berry, forest floor, wet earth, pressed flower and hints of tangy licorice or aniseed. This is a mid-weight Brunello that glides over the palate with precise, delicate and long lasting waves of intensity. Some 3,185 bottles, 174 magnums and 30 double magnums were made.
- Monica Larner 

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2013

93/100

This has tarry aromas with a wealth of ripe black cherries and a dusting of cocoa. The palate has a plush, ripe-berry core, as well as a neat frame of succulent tannins. Good cut and drive here. Drink or hold.
- James Suckling 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2013

93+/100

Deep red. An inviting nose of red cherry, gardenia, lily of the valley, and minerals leads to a creamy, expansive yet ultra-buoyant palate. A hint of salinity complements flavors similar to the aromas adding freshness and extending them on the long finish.
- Ian D'Agata 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2013

97/100

Francesco Ripaccioli only has 11 harvests under his belt but calls 2013 the most beautiful one so far. This is also the first year in which the estate's Riserva comes exclusively from the Montosoli cru. Planted in 1995, these are the oldest vines in their stable. Even more thrilling than the winery's 2012, the 2013 Riserva is a model of precision, exquisite balance and razor-sharp linearity. Dense without being heavy, this is buoyed by vivacious acidity and wrapped in commanding yet fine-grained tannins. It unfolds slowly, revealing notes of mineral, sweet dark earth, rosehip, violet and sage blossom - but it promises even more in the years ahead.
- Michaela Morris 

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2013

95/100

Woodland-berry, forest-floor, Mediterranean herb and blue-flower aromas mingle with whiffs of dark spice and leather. Savory and loaded with finesse, the focused palate delivers black cherry, cranberry, baking spice and tobacco set against tightly knit polished tannins. It's balanced, with bright acidity. Drink 2023–2030.
- Kerin 0'Keefe

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2013

18/20

Deep ruby with bricky tinges. Brooding nose hinting at sweet fruit. Monolithic and slow on the palate and with a fantastic balance between concentrated tangy fruit and ripe, gripping tannins. Patience needed.
- Walter Speller 

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2013

95/100

This is harmonious, featuring cherry, strawberry, plum and earth flavors that mesh with the supple texture and firm structure. Elements of iron, leather and tobacco emerge as this red stretches out on the tangy finish. Best from 2021 through 2040. 275 cases made, 100 cases imported.
- Bruce Sanserdon 

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2015

97/100

From the commitment and efforts made by the Pacenti family, here is an excellent product. Aged 42 months in oak. Density and tautness on the nose: cherry jam, a touch of aromatic herbs, rosemary, ending on the notes of licorice. Compact mouth, iodized tannins with an officinal taste returning on the finish.
- Luca Gardini 

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2015

95/100

English
Powerful, sparkling ruby ​​garnet. Slightly restrained nose with finely drawn notes of cherry jam and blackberry, behind it some leather and smoke. Grippy, dense tannin, shows a lot of power, gripping, firm pressure in the end.
- Othmar Kiem, Simon Staffler

Deutsche

Kraftvolles, funkelndes Rubin-Granat. Etwas zurückhaltende Nase mit fein gezeichneten Noten nach Kirschenmarmelade und Brombeere, dahinter etwas Leder und Rauch. Griffiges, dichtmaschiges Tannin, zeigt viel Kraft, zupackend, im Finale fester Druck.
- Othmar Kiem, Simon Staffler

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2015

95/100

This red evokes sweet, ripe fruit in the form of plum and cherry, complemented by accents of leather, almond, earth and autumn woods. The fruit is matched to a dense matrix of tannins, while the aftertaste lingers, echoing both fruit and savory elements. Best from 2024 through 2047.
- Bruce Sanderson 

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2015

96/100

In years it's produced, Canalicchio di Sopra crafts its Riserva from a single vineyard of the estate’s oldest vines. In 2015, it hails from Vigna Vecchia Mercatale, which countered the vintage’s warmth with its north-facing, breezy exposure. Opening slowly, it marries lifted liquorice, dried flowers and baking spice with forest undergrowth and leather. There's plenty of character here with a mouthful of dusty red currants and red cherries. Chewy and vigorous, it
really keeps improving in the glass - but I would put it away for a few more years.
Drinking Window 2024 - 2038
- Michaela Morris

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2015

QUATTRO VITI

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2016

97/100

Lovely sweet black cherries and blackberries on the nose with lots of flowers. Full-bodied with fine, dusty tannins that are polished and beautiful. It’s very poised and pretty now, but will deliver so much more with bottle age. Goes on and on. Drink after 2024.
- James Suckling

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2016

98/100

The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is dark, floral and exotic, even sultry at times, presenting a bouquet of black currant, animal musk and savory, crushed ashen stone. The textures are silky yet dense, showing mineral-webbed woodland berries and balsamic spices. The tannic heft mounts toward the close, penetrating deeply, but with brisk acids to balance. The 2016 is animalistic in nature, yet crystalline and fresh, tapering off structured and incredibly long, leaving licorice and balsam herbs to linger. In 2016, Francesco Ripaccioli decided to use fruit from both the Vigna Vecchia and Mercatale vineyards in the Riserva, which is typically the richer and bolder expression of Brunello at Canalicchio di Sopra, but in 2016, it's totally classic in every possible way. What a glorious wine!
- Eric Guido 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2016

97/100

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2016

100/100

Richness and complexity for a Riserva for years at the top of his category. From Vigna Vecchia Mercatale and Vigna Casaccia, on the skins for 28 days in steel, then at least 42 months in Slavonian oak. Raspberry jam on the nose, salty touches of Taggiasche olives, finish on the notes of rhubarb. Mouth with iodized tannins, persistence and fruity return.
- Luca Gardini 

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Produced only for great vintages and in limited quantities from the oldest vineyards on the estate, it represents the flagship of quality on our estate: an expression of the concepts which we hold most dear at Canalicchio di Sopra - Elegance, Terroir, Depth. At least 80% of the grapes come from a single vineyard: Vigna Vecchia Mercatale. 

Wine type

DOCG

Grape variety

Sangiovese 100%

Altitude

From 283 to 290 masl

Soil type

Soil featuring a prevalent clayey component with considerable mineral content which characterize wines with great sapidity. The clayey component favours wines of great structure. Facing north and subject to eastern winds that favour the exaltation of balsamic aromas typical of the Crù, wines from this vineyard achieve that optimal balance between fruit and acidity, essential requirements for long ageing.

Training System

Cordon trained and spur pruned (Spurrend cordon)

Vineyard

In the vintage 2012 our Riserva  comes from the two oldest vineyards on the estate: Vigna Vecchia Mercatale 80% and Vigna Casaccia 20%. 

Vinification

In steel tanks with fermentation temperature control, daily soft pumping over. Maceration on the skins for 28 days.

Aging

42 months in slavonian Oak casks

First year of production

1987

Production

5894 Bottles by 750 ml
460 Bottles by 1500 ml
43 Bottles by 3 Liters
20 Bottles by 5 Liters
5 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 two vineyards used for the Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2012 Riserva were the last to be harvested, on 3 and 4 October 2012.

Winemaker Notes

Introduction:

Over the years, we have tried to build a reputation, which is why the choice to make every single one of our wines is always determined by quality rather than business needs. All the more true for our Riserva, which is the most exclusive wine in our production. It undergoes such strict testing and assessment that we have decided to produce this wine only twelve times since 1996. In fact, “Canalicchio di Sopra” Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2012 Riserva represents our twelfth Riserva.

A Courageous Choice:

With our Riserva 2012, we wanted to emphasize the characteristics of the vintage endeavouring to make a balanced and elegant wine in a vintage with a climate that was extreme for many reasons. A test of courage that was warranted by the quality and the depth of the grapes from the two oldest vineyards on the estate which make up this Riserva: Vigna Vecchia Mercatale 80% and Vigna Casaccia 20%. Emphasizing the dualism between strength and elegance, freshness and sweetness, fire and ice which the vintage gave us. We didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to make a Riserva that features freshness and minerality in a vintage that was considered to be hot and droughty like 2012.

The Riserva Vineyards and their characteristics:

The morphological characteristics of the vineyards used for the Riserva include the potential that we wish to express in our bottles of Riserva. Even in the most extreme vintages, the age of the vines helps to keep the plant well balanced and to push back the harvest; optimal conditions especially for early vintages.

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

99/100

The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is one of my favorite wines of the year. It gets as close to Brunello perfection as vinously possible. Fruit is sourced exclusively from the estate's oldest vines in the Vigna Vecchia Mercatale vineyard, the oldest Canalicchio cru. The vines were planted in 1987-1988. They are in their prime production years right now. This is first time the Riserva is made exclusively from that site. The depth of this wine is extraordinary. The wine starts with a playful offering of red fruit and cherry. Like many of the wines from this vintage, the bouquet takes a while to arrive at full intensity.
That margin should shorten as the wine continues its cellar aging and evolution. Yet, the slow start to the bouquet is ultimately what drives your interest in this wine. The mouthfeel is exceptional with tannins that are both silky and firm at the same time.
My visit to Canalicchio di Sopra was one of the most complete and satisfying of the Montalcino region. Francesco Ripaccioli offered a tasting of his current releases and a fascinating look at Brunello from the Vigna Casaccia from 2013, 2014 and 2015 (before malolactic fermentation). With the memory of that tasting firmly in mind, I enjoyed a second tasting of his new wines at home. The Canalicchio di Sopra 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is among my top five favorite wines of the vintage joining in the company of Il Marroneto, Casanova di Neri, Pian dell'Orino and Salvioni.

Monica Larner

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2010

93/100

A dense, plummy style, offering supporting notes of tobacco, underbrush, earth and mineral. Ripe and balanced, with lively acidity and assertive tannins shoring up the finish. Needs some time, but the equilibrium is there. Best from 2019 through 2033. 833 cases made.

Bruce Sanderson

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2012

18/20 (TOP SCORE FOR THE VINTAGE)

Mid ruby with bright orange tinges. Fine oatmeal and cherry nose. Powerful, fruit-driven palate that is fantastically balanced. Very intense right now but possesses lots of depth and energy and beautifully polished tannins. Drink 2020-2034 Walter Speller

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

96/100 - CELLAR SELECTION

Underbrush, truffle, pressed violet, tilled soil, eucalyptus and mature berry aromas unfold on this structured, elegant red. It is still young and primary, offering red cherry, black raspberry, menthol, licorice and dried herb alongside youthfully austere tannins that need to unwind. This will benefit from another decade of cellaring. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

95/100

Underbrush, tobacco, new leather and chopped herb aromas unfold in the glass. Full bodied and tightly wound, the palate delivers Marasca cherry, pomegranate, licorice and orange zest framed in taut fine-grained tannins. Give this several more years to come around then drink or hold for even more complexity. Drink from 2022 through 2032. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2005

93/100

This is a very pleasurable, smooth and rich Riserva that lavishes layers of chocolate fudge, vanilla bean and bright cherry. Overall, it shows good intensity and smooth consistency.

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2007

93/100

Ripe, lush and polished, this red is fresh and lively, showcasing plum, cherry, leather, spice and chocolate flavors on a sleek frame. Lacks cohesion on the finish for now, but should come together with age. Best from 2016 through 2032.

Bruce Sanderson

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2006

95/100

A dense and powerful red with tight and structured tannins. It's full yet sleek and lean. Very firm and long. A beautiful wine with real greatness. Clarity in the bottle. Drink now, but will improve for years ahead.

James Suckling

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2005

92/100

This is spicy in style, with vanilla, cedar and clove aromas and flavors accenting a core of cherry and tobacco. In the end, there's a purity to the fruit, but it needs time to find its balance. Structured and long. Best from 2014 through 2027. 420 cases made.

Bruce Sanderson

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

92/100

There's licorice on the nose, with some salt and ripe cherry, in this Brunello, which has very intense aromas that lead to a chewy, concentrated, full-bodied palate. A little rustic and overdone. But impressive nonetheless. There's lots of toasty oak--a little less new wood would make this even better. Best after 2013. 500 cases made.

James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2001

91/100

Lots of blackberry, tar and dried flowers. Full-bodied, with a solid core of fruit and a long finish. Chewy. Best after 2010. 330 cases made.

James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
1999

90/100

Supple and caressing, with plenty of violet, berry and cedar character. Medium- to full-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and a long finish. Best after 2005. 335 cases made.

James Suckling

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1998

90/100

Very fresh and fruity with refined tannins and a long finish. Medium- to full-bodied, silky texture. Another year of bottle age would bring it together. Best after 2004. 200 cases made.

James Suckling

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2010

98/100

A wine that shows so much on the nose with dried-meat, wet-earth and fruit aromas and flavors. Changes all the time. Full body, velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. Superb depth and length. Drink now or hold for as long as you'd like.

James Suckling 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2007

92/100

Shows excellent aromas of plums and light coffee that follow through to a full body, with chewy tannins and a medium finish. A bit more on the finish would take it to a different level. Needs a year or two to soften.

James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
1999

93/100

This is very intense and rich with polished and velvety tannins. Full body, leather, berry and plum character. Hints of chocolate and meat. Drink now.

James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

95+/100

The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is just as magnificent as it was last year. Since then, the 2010 has acquired an extra dimension of finesse it did not show last year. Powerful yet weightless in the style that is typical of the wines of the north, the Riserva exudes energy, tension and depth. Sweet dark cherry, lavender, herbs, mint and tobacco shape this deeply expressive, virile Riserva built on class. The new oak, which was evident last year, has not subsided and is really only evident in the wine's mid-palate sweetness and texture.

Antonio Galloni

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2007

94/100

Canalicchio di Sopra's 2007 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva delivers the goods. A dark, enveloping wine, the Riserva is laced with black stone fruits, scorched earth, smoke, licorice and violets. As always, the style is intense and brooding to the core. In 2007, there is a little more raciness and early appeal to the Riserva than is often the case, but this remains a fairly muscular style of Brunello that will appeal most to readers who enjoy structured wines.

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2006

94/100

The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a big, broad-shouldered wine endowed with tremendous depth and richness. Black cherries, licorice, new leather and tobacco wrap around the palate in this dramatic, sweeping Brunello. Despite the wine's size, there is plenty of nuance and detail. The 2006 needed all of its 40 months in cask. This is a fabulous effort.

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2005

93+/100

The 2005 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is terrific. Freshly cut roses, sweet red fruits, tobacco and licorice emerge gracefully from this refined, utterly impeccable Brunello. Sweet, elegant tannins frame the fruit beautifully through to the finish. The 2005 Riserva remains a typical, mineral-laced, taut wine from the northern district. Its potential for continued positive development in bottle seems excellent. The estate gave the Riserva 40 months in oak.

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

96/100

An absolutely compelling Brunello, Canalicchio's 2004 Riserva is magnificent from the very first taste. Rich and ample on the palate with silky tannins in support, the 2004 Riserva captures the very best qualities of a vintage in which the wines are sensual and finessed to the core. Still very, very young, the 2004 Riserva will drink well for another 20 years or more. Put quite simply, the 2004 Riserva is a knock out. This is a perfect example where the differences between the Brunello and the Riserva are more about stylistic and personal preferences rather than absolute quality.

Antonio Galloni

 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2001

93/100

The 2001 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is in a beautiful spot today, now that the tannins have begun to soften a touch. Bold and broadly sketched, the 2001 Riserva shows the more voluptuous side of the year. This is a classic Canalicchio wine, but with a little more power, ripeness and richness than is often found. Black fruit, smoke, tobacco, licorice and game add the final layers of nuance.

Antonio Galloni

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1995

94/100

The 1995 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is quite a bit fresher than the straight Brunello bottling. As always, the wines of this era here show an element of rusticity, but within that context, the Riserva is quite pretty and expressive. Still vibrant, the 1995 Riserva will drink well for another decade or so.

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2007

92/100

Tasted next to the 2006, the 2007 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva comes across as relatively soft and easygoing. Ripe, silky tannins provide the framework for layers of expressive fruit in a sophisticated Brunello with plenty of early appeal. I suggest drinking the 2007 while the 2006 ages. Both are fabulous. The 2007 spent six months in 750-liter French oak barrels followed by 36 months in cask. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2022. 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 MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2006

94/100

One of the truly exciting wines of the year, the 2006 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva boasts superb richness, power and depth from start to finish. Cloves, violets, incense, plums, black cherries and menthol all explode from the glass in a virile, towering Brunello endowed with massive structure. Fresh, vibrant and beautifully delineated, this drop-dead gorgeous Riserva has more than enough stuffing to drink well for two decades. The estate gave the 2006 Riserva 42 months in oak, all of which it handled beautifully. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2031. 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 MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2005

93+/100

he 2005 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is terrific. Freshly cut roses, sweet red fruits, tobacco and licorice emerge gracefully from this refined, utterly impeccable Brunello. Sweet, elegant tannins frame the fruit beautifully through to the finish. The 2005 Riserva remains a typical, mineral-laced, taut wine from the northern district. Its potential for continued positive development in bottle seems excellent. The estate gave the Riserva 40 months in oak. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025. This is another solid set of wines from Canalicchio di Sopra – Ripaccioli, an estate that continues to ratchet up quality in a meaningful way.  

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

93+/100

The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is built on a core of elegance and refinement rather than the sheer power that typically characterizes the estate’s wines. This is a sensual, layered Brunello that only gradually reveals its seductive charm. Sweet, silky tannins support a core of ripe dark fruit all the way through to the sublime, delicate finish. Readers looking for a blockbuster 2004 Riserva should look elsewhere, but those in search of the elegant side of Brunello will find much to admire here. That said; the wine gained quite a bit of volume and depth with air, so it will be interesting to see where things go from here. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2024. Canalicchio di Sopra - Ripaccioli seems to be making better and better wines with each passing vintage. The estate’s Rosso and Brunellos are sourced from vineyards in the Canalicchio and Montosoli districts, both on the northern side of Montalcino, and are aged predominantly in cask.  

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2001

91/100

There is something rustic yet deeply satisfying about Canalicchio di Sopra’s highly idiosyncratic Brunellos that makes them compelling to drink. The intense 2001 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is loaded with black cherries, earthiness, tobacco and spices. A dark, brooding, powerful wine, it isn’t especially approachable today, but it should offer terrific drinking with another year or two of bottle age. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2019.  

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
1999

94/100

The 1999 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva made a terrific showing thanks to its all-embracing personality. There’s a real sense of abundance and generosity here that starts with the wine’s richly textured mouthfeel and darkly concentrated appearance. The aromas have certainly moved into the third and final stage of their evolution with smoked bacon and saddle bag but there’s enough pressed fruit and crushed flower to keep it from feeling one-dimensional. The mouthfeel is lean and elegant with surprising focus and clarity. Decant the wine three to four hours prior to serving. Drink: 2014-2028.

Monica Larner

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1998

91/100

The 1998 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is dark in color, ripe and full on the nose with abundant sensations of caramel, chocolate, and tar, and a rich, firm, ample palate which features plenty of grip and authority on the finish. Drink: 2005-2016. 

Daniel Thomases

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1997

90/100

The 1997 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a wine that totally took me off guard. I associate Canalicchio di Sopra with a classic, so-called “traditional” style that puts an emphasis on the smallest details like delicate nuances and lithe sensations. This wine is obviously born from a very different mindset, a more powerful vintage. Bold and broad-shouldered, it is packed tight with pressed cherry, anise seed, tar and black licorice. It changes tune slightly in the mouth where it walks with quieter footsteps. This wine is at its peak performance right now and may fade fast. I recommend a shorter decanting. Drink: 2014-2019.

Monica Larner

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

17,5/20

Tasted blind. Very heavy bottle! Lustrous deep ruby with orange rim. Sweet, brooding nose. Fragrant and elegant on the palate with plenty of polished tannins. Very fruit dominated on the finish, for the moment. Huge potential. 

Walter Speller

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2007

15,5/20

Very heavy bottle! Dark, mature-looking ruby. Very slow to emerge from the glass and same reluctance on the palate. Key word is sweet concentration. A little leathery. 

Walter Speller

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2006

16,5/20

Concentrated deep ruby with narrow orange rim. Fruit marked by nutty oak but with real depth and lots of concentration. 

Walter Speller

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2005

16,5/20

Bright red. Ripe red fruits and strong mintiness. Pretty warm and round.  Concentrated and still with sinewy tannins. Very dry - dried fruit - finish. Just a bit awkward. 

Walter Speller

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

18/20

Concentrated maturing ruby with bricky rim. Amazingly fine, perfumed sweet nose with notes of tea leaves and pure cherry. Wonderful precision of fruit on the palate and richly tannic. The Barolo amongst the Brunello? No signs of age yet! Wonderful depth on the finish. 

Walter Speller

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2001

17++/20

Mid-to-dark mature-looking ruby with bright, brickstone rim. Sweet undergrowth, multi-layered dried fruit with some cherry creeping up. Hint of herb liqueur. Supple, full bodied and still a little closed. Sweetly aromatic on a tannic finish. Very slow to open up, and still could do with more time in the bottle. Lots of powdery tannins for the moment but with wonderful fine tangy acidity on the finish. 

Walter Speller

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

94/100

This riserva Brunello delivers a dark and masculine approach with brawny aromas of cured meat, spice, black fruit and prune. Both the density and persistency are impressive and the wine ends with inky concentration and finely textured tannins.

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2006

95/100

Here is a generous, modern and bold expression of Sangiovese Grosso whose soft layers of chocolate and dark cherry fruit help soften the natural acidity and structure of the 2006 vintage. A polished mineral note adds attractive definition on the finish. Tight and very firm; age this wine 10–20 years.

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

93/100

Here's another superstar Brunello Riserva from the excellent 2004 vintage. The aromas are rich and penetrating and recall cherry liqueur, cola, mesquite, cedar, wet earth and pressed violets. The wine's texture is streamlined and compact with polished tannins.

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2015

98/100

The Canalicchio di Sopra 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a beauty. It offers a brilliant interpretation of a warm and sunny vintage from cool, mineral-rich soils in an area with steep shifts between day and nighttime temperatures. This is one of those special wines in which the vintage characteristics fit the territory with the precision of a jigsaw puzzle. The bouquet is fluid and complex with tart cherry fruit, cola, licorice, aniseed and blue flower. That aniseed comes around a second time. The arrangement and order of those aromas changes with each successive swirl of the glass. This Riserva is fermented in stainless steel and aged in Slavonian oak casks for 36 months. Bottle production is shy of 7,000.
- Monica Larner 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2015

95+/100

The 2015 Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a dark and exotic expression of Sangiovese. It pulls you closer to the glass with an alluring display, showing medicinal cherry, plum, a sweet dusting of cinnamon, clove and finally crushed violets. The textures are like pure silk being slowly draped across your palate, offset by tart red and black fruits, as a complex web of acids, minerals and tannins saturate, clamping down toward the close. Structured and tart, as it should be at this youthful phase, the 2015 is still just an infant, with the potential for over a decade’s worth of positive evolution. This year’s Riserva hails from fruit exclusively from the Vigna Vecchia Mercatale vineyard within the Canalicchio cru, and it spends only two extra months in 2,500-liter Slavonian oak casks prior to bottling. Tasted over the course of two days it got better each time I revisited it.
- Eric Guido 

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2015

98/100

An opulent red with black-cherry and plum aromas and flavors with undertones of orange peel and porcini mushrooms. It’s full-bodied and layered with depth and intensity throughout. Solid and layered. Very structured. Give this at least three to four years of bottle age. Try after 2024.
- James Suckling 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

95/100

The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a beautifully saturated expression, with gorgeous density and presence. The bouquet is carefully considered in terms of its power and intensity (remember, this was a hot and dry vintage, and ripening was accelerated as a result). It shows lots of varietal character and definition without ever going overboard or feeling too soft or ripe. In fact, this Riserva is surprisingly tonic and firm deep down. It sweeps over the palate with sweet, plush and softly velvety waves of fruity flavors.
- Monica Larner 

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2012

94+/100

Good full red. Clean, focused aromas and ripe flavors of strawberry, blood orange, peppery spices and underbrush. Dense, ripe and savory but virtually weightless, delivering outstanding energy, depth and inner-mouth perfume. There's a lovely core of sweetness here, but the wine stands out today for its savoriness and youthful firmness. Finishes subtle and very long, displaying polished, suave tannins. This is yet another noteworthy 2012 Brunello Riserva.
- Ian D'Agata 

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2012

94/100

Classically styled wine with a spicy and cedary nose as well as dried flowers and a little orange zest. The palate has a very smoothly rendered tannin bed and bright, succulent flavors of dried dark cherries. Pretty structure and depth. Try from 2022.
- James Suckling 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

95/100

This year's Riserva comes from the estate's two oldest vineyards. The north-facing Vigna Vecchia Mercatale makes up the backbone, with the remaining 20% coming from Vigna Casaccia, which will be bottled as a single vineyard Brunello in the future. There is a wild gaminess on the nose, countered by scents of lavender, tobacco and intense balsamic herbs. On the palate, powdery tannins frame compact fruit and the finish reverberates with a captivating minerality.
- Michaela Morris 

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2012

96/100

A ripe, macerated version, displaying plum, cherry, tobacco, earth and spice flavors. A beam of lively acidity in the middle elevates this. Ends with elegance, supporting tannins and fine length. Best from 2022 through 2036. 600 cases made, 200 cases imported. 
- Bruce Sanderson 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2013

97/100

The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a tremendous wine that delivers a deep sense of inner gravity and balance. That, in a nutshell, is the secret of the top-end wines made at the exciting Canalicchio di Sopra estate. The wines made here always exhibit carefully measured balance in the classic vintages (like 2013) and in the difficult years as well. That extreme balance is exactly why you taste the vintage variation with such distinction. This expression from 2013 is remarkably smooth and silky with a steady succession of traditional Sangiovese aromas that span from wild berry, forest floor, wet earth, pressed flower and hints of tangy licorice or aniseed. This is a mid-weight Brunello that glides over the palate with precise, delicate and long lasting waves of intensity. Some 3,185 bottles, 174 magnums and 30 double magnums were made.
- Monica Larner 

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2013

93/100

This has tarry aromas with a wealth of ripe black cherries and a dusting of cocoa. The palate has a plush, ripe-berry core, as well as a neat frame of succulent tannins. Good cut and drive here. Drink or hold.
- James Suckling 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2013

93+/100

Deep red. An inviting nose of red cherry, gardenia, lily of the valley, and minerals leads to a creamy, expansive yet ultra-buoyant palate. A hint of salinity complements flavors similar to the aromas adding freshness and extending them on the long finish.
- Ian D'Agata 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2013

97/100

Francesco Ripaccioli only has 11 harvests under his belt but calls 2013 the most beautiful one so far. This is also the first year in which the estate's Riserva comes exclusively from the Montosoli cru. Planted in 1995, these are the oldest vines in their stable. Even more thrilling than the winery's 2012, the 2013 Riserva is a model of precision, exquisite balance and razor-sharp linearity. Dense without being heavy, this is buoyed by vivacious acidity and wrapped in commanding yet fine-grained tannins. It unfolds slowly, revealing notes of mineral, sweet dark earth, rosehip, violet and sage blossom - but it promises even more in the years ahead.
- Michaela Morris 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2013

95/100

Woodland-berry, forest-floor, Mediterranean herb and blue-flower aromas mingle with whiffs of dark spice and leather. Savory and loaded with finesse, the focused palate delivers black cherry, cranberry, baking spice and tobacco set against tightly knit polished tannins. It's balanced, with bright acidity. Drink 2023–2030.
- Kerin 0'Keefe

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2013

18/20

Deep ruby with bricky tinges. Brooding nose hinting at sweet fruit. Monolithic and slow on the palate and with a fantastic balance between concentrated tangy fruit and ripe, gripping tannins. Patience needed.
- Walter Speller 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2013

95/100

This is harmonious, featuring cherry, strawberry, plum and earth flavors that mesh with the supple texture and firm structure. Elements of iron, leather and tobacco emerge as this red stretches out on the tangy finish. Best from 2021 through 2040. 275 cases made, 100 cases imported.
- Bruce Sanserdon 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2015

97/100

From the commitment and efforts made by the Pacenti family, here is an excellent product. Aged 42 months in oak. Density and tautness on the nose: cherry jam, a touch of aromatic herbs, rosemary, ending on the notes of licorice. Compact mouth, iodized tannins with an officinal taste returning on the finish.
- Luca Gardini 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2015

95/100

English
Powerful, sparkling ruby ​​garnet. Slightly restrained nose with finely drawn notes of cherry jam and blackberry, behind it some leather and smoke. Grippy, dense tannin, shows a lot of power, gripping, firm pressure in the end.
- Othmar Kiem, Simon Staffler

Deutsche

Kraftvolles, funkelndes Rubin-Granat. Etwas zurückhaltende Nase mit fein gezeichneten Noten nach Kirschenmarmelade und Brombeere, dahinter etwas Leder und Rauch. Griffiges, dichtmaschiges Tannin, zeigt viel Kraft, zupackend, im Finale fester Druck.
- Othmar Kiem, Simon Staffler

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2015

95/100

This red evokes sweet, ripe fruit in the form of plum and cherry, complemented by accents of leather, almond, earth and autumn woods. The fruit is matched to a dense matrix of tannins, while the aftertaste lingers, echoing both fruit and savory elements. Best from 2024 through 2047.
- Bruce Sanderson 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2015

96/100

In years it's produced, Canalicchio di Sopra crafts its Riserva from a single vineyard of the estate’s oldest vines. In 2015, it hails from Vigna Vecchia Mercatale, which countered the vintage’s warmth with its north-facing, breezy exposure. Opening slowly, it marries lifted liquorice, dried flowers and baking spice with forest undergrowth and leather. There's plenty of character here with a mouthful of dusty red currants and red cherries. Chewy and vigorous, it
really keeps improving in the glass - but I would put it away for a few more years.
Drinking Window 2024 - 2038
- Michaela Morris

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2015

QUATTRO VITI

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2016

97/100

Lovely sweet black cherries and blackberries on the nose with lots of flowers. Full-bodied with fine, dusty tannins that are polished and beautiful. It’s very poised and pretty now, but will deliver so much more with bottle age. Goes on and on. Drink after 2024.
- James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2016

98/100

The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is dark, floral and exotic, even sultry at times, presenting a bouquet of black currant, animal musk and savory, crushed ashen stone. The textures are silky yet dense, showing mineral-webbed woodland berries and balsamic spices. The tannic heft mounts toward the close, penetrating deeply, but with brisk acids to balance. The 2016 is animalistic in nature, yet crystalline and fresh, tapering off structured and incredibly long, leaving licorice and balsam herbs to linger. In 2016, Francesco Ripaccioli decided to use fruit from both the Vigna Vecchia and Mercatale vineyards in the Riserva, which is typically the richer and bolder expression of Brunello at Canalicchio di Sopra, but in 2016, it's totally classic in every possible way. What a glorious wine!
- Eric Guido 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2016

97/100

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2016

100/100

Richness and complexity for a Riserva for years at the top of his category. From Vigna Vecchia Mercatale and Vigna Casaccia, on the skins for 28 days in steel, then at least 42 months in Slavonian oak. Raspberry jam on the nose, salty touches of Taggiasche olives, finish on the notes of rhubarb. Mouth with iodized tannins, persistence and fruity return.
- Luca Gardini 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

Produced only for great vintages and in limited quantities from the oldest vineyards on the estate, it represents the flagship of quality on our estate: an expression of the concepts which we hold most dear at Canalicchio di Sopra - Elegance, Terroir, Depth. At least 80% of the grapes come from a single vineyard: Vigna Vecchia Mercatale. 

Wine type

DOCG

Grape variety

Sangiovese 100%

Altitude

From 283 to 290 masl

Soil type

Soil featuring a prevalent clayey component with considerable mineral content which characterize wines with great sapidity. The clayey component favours wines of great structure. Facing north and subject to eastern winds that favour the exaltation of balsamic aromas typical of the Crù, wines from this vineyard achieve that optimal balance between fruit and acidity, essential requirements for long ageing.

 

Training System

Cordon trained and spur pruned (Spurrend cordon)

Vineyard

For the first time, our 2010 Riserva is exclusively comes from the Vigna Vecchia Mercatale vineyard, the oldest vineyard in the “Canalicchio” Cru.

 

Vinification

In steel tanks with fermentation temperature control, daily soft pumping over. Maceration on the skins for 28 days.

Aging

42 months in slavonian Oak casks

First year of production

1987

Production

8069 Bottles by 750 ml
635 Bottles by 1500 ml
120 Bottles by 3 Liters
25 Bottles by 5 Liters
10 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 (Vigna Vecchia Mercatale harvested the 2nd of October) and saw a solid average production of 51ql. per hectare (1kg per plant).

 

Winemaker Notes

If we look back on the history of Canalicchio di Sopra, from 1966 (the first Brunello vintage produced) to today, we can see that the production of a Riserva is a privilege only reserved for great vintages, profound and elegant vintages that made history for Brunello di Montalcino. We embraced the Riserva concept for the first time in 1985 when the first vineyards planted by Primo Pacenti at the end of the 1950s were at the right stage to produce a wine with intensity, depth, character, and elegance and could be selected to become a Riserva destined for a long ageing potential and slow growth in the bottle as expected of a wine that is formed in the vineyard preserving acidity and reaching top phenolic maturation.

 

Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino Riserva began as a selection of the best Sangiovese grapes from the vineyards of the winery.

 

Over the years, the desire to link our selection to a cru and to make it the expression of a single vineyard has grown; we do not have vineyards that are better or worse than the others, but we have diverse vineyards at Canalicchio di Sopra. Each one expresses its uniqueness, characteristics that make it special. For the first time, our 2010 Riserva is almost exclusively comes from the Vigna Vecchia Mercatale vineyard, the oldest vineyard in the “Canalicchio” Cru.

Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2010 is the supreme expression of the concepts held dearly at Canalicchio di Sopra:Elegance, Terroir, Depth

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

99/100

The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is one of my favorite wines of the year. It gets as close to Brunello perfection as vinously possible. Fruit is sourced exclusively from the estate's oldest vines in the Vigna Vecchia Mercatale vineyard, the oldest Canalicchio cru. The vines were planted in 1987-1988. They are in their prime production years right now. This is first time the Riserva is made exclusively from that site. The depth of this wine is extraordinary. The wine starts with a playful offering of red fruit and cherry. Like many of the wines from this vintage, the bouquet takes a while to arrive at full intensity.
That margin should shorten as the wine continues its cellar aging and evolution. Yet, the slow start to the bouquet is ultimately what drives your interest in this wine. The mouthfeel is exceptional with tannins that are both silky and firm at the same time.
My visit to Canalicchio di Sopra was one of the most complete and satisfying of the Montalcino region. Francesco Ripaccioli offered a tasting of his current releases and a fascinating look at Brunello from the Vigna Casaccia from 2013, 2014 and 2015 (before malolactic fermentation). With the memory of that tasting firmly in mind, I enjoyed a second tasting of his new wines at home. The Canalicchio di Sopra 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is among my top five favorite wines of the vintage joining in the company of Il Marroneto, Casanova di Neri, Pian dell'Orino and Salvioni.

Monica Larner

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2010

93/100

A dense, plummy style, offering supporting notes of tobacco, underbrush, earth and mineral. Ripe and balanced, with lively acidity and assertive tannins shoring up the finish. Needs some time, but the equilibrium is there. Best from 2019 through 2033. 833 cases made.

Bruce Sanderson

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

18/20 (TOP SCORE FOR THE VINTAGE)

Mid ruby with bright orange tinges. Fine oatmeal and cherry nose. Powerful, fruit-driven palate that is fantastically balanced. Very intense right now but possesses lots of depth and energy and beautifully polished tannins. Drink 2020-2034 Walter Speller

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

96/100 - CELLAR SELECTION

Underbrush, truffle, pressed violet, tilled soil, eucalyptus and mature berry aromas unfold on this structured, elegant red. It is still young and primary, offering red cherry, black raspberry, menthol, licorice and dried herb alongside youthfully austere tannins that need to unwind. This will benefit from another decade of cellaring. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

95/100

Underbrush, tobacco, new leather and chopped herb aromas unfold in the glass. Full bodied and tightly wound, the palate delivers Marasca cherry, pomegranate, licorice and orange zest framed in taut fine-grained tannins. Give this several more years to come around then drink or hold for even more complexity. Drink from 2022 through 2032. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2005

93/100

This is a very pleasurable, smooth and rich Riserva that lavishes layers of chocolate fudge, vanilla bean and bright cherry. Overall, it shows good intensity and smooth consistency.

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2007

93/100

Ripe, lush and polished, this red is fresh and lively, showcasing plum, cherry, leather, spice and chocolate flavors on a sleek frame. Lacks cohesion on the finish for now, but should come together with age. Best from 2016 through 2032.

Bruce Sanderson

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2006

95/100

A dense and powerful red with tight and structured tannins. It's full yet sleek and lean. Very firm and long. A beautiful wine with real greatness. Clarity in the bottle. Drink now, but will improve for years ahead.

James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2005

92/100

This is spicy in style, with vanilla, cedar and clove aromas and flavors accenting a core of cherry and tobacco. In the end, there's a purity to the fruit, but it needs time to find its balance. Structured and long. Best from 2014 through 2027. 420 cases made.

Bruce Sanderson

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

92/100

There's licorice on the nose, with some salt and ripe cherry, in this Brunello, which has very intense aromas that lead to a chewy, concentrated, full-bodied palate. A little rustic and overdone. But impressive nonetheless. There's lots of toasty oak--a little less new wood would make this even better. Best after 2013. 500 cases made.

James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2001

91/100

Lots of blackberry, tar and dried flowers. Full-bodied, with a solid core of fruit and a long finish. Chewy. Best after 2010. 330 cases made.

James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
1999

90/100

Supple and caressing, with plenty of violet, berry and cedar character. Medium- to full-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and a long finish. Best after 2005. 335 cases made.

James Suckling

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1998

90/100

Very fresh and fruity with refined tannins and a long finish. Medium- to full-bodied, silky texture. Another year of bottle age would bring it together. Best after 2004. 200 cases made.

James Suckling

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2010

98/100

A wine that shows so much on the nose with dried-meat, wet-earth and fruit aromas and flavors. Changes all the time. Full body, velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. Superb depth and length. Drink now or hold for as long as you'd like.

James Suckling 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2007

92/100

Shows excellent aromas of plums and light coffee that follow through to a full body, with chewy tannins and a medium finish. A bit more on the finish would take it to a different level. Needs a year or two to soften.

James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
1999

93/100

This is very intense and rich with polished and velvety tannins. Full body, leather, berry and plum character. Hints of chocolate and meat. Drink now.

James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

95+/100

The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is just as magnificent as it was last year. Since then, the 2010 has acquired an extra dimension of finesse it did not show last year. Powerful yet weightless in the style that is typical of the wines of the north, the Riserva exudes energy, tension and depth. Sweet dark cherry, lavender, herbs, mint and tobacco shape this deeply expressive, virile Riserva built on class. The new oak, which was evident last year, has not subsided and is really only evident in the wine's mid-palate sweetness and texture.

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2007

94/100

Canalicchio di Sopra's 2007 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva delivers the goods. A dark, enveloping wine, the Riserva is laced with black stone fruits, scorched earth, smoke, licorice and violets. As always, the style is intense and brooding to the core. In 2007, there is a little more raciness and early appeal to the Riserva than is often the case, but this remains a fairly muscular style of Brunello that will appeal most to readers who enjoy structured wines.

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2006

94/100

The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a big, broad-shouldered wine endowed with tremendous depth and richness. Black cherries, licorice, new leather and tobacco wrap around the palate in this dramatic, sweeping Brunello. Despite the wine's size, there is plenty of nuance and detail. The 2006 needed all of its 40 months in cask. This is a fabulous effort.

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2005

93+/100

The 2005 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is terrific. Freshly cut roses, sweet red fruits, tobacco and licorice emerge gracefully from this refined, utterly impeccable Brunello. Sweet, elegant tannins frame the fruit beautifully through to the finish. The 2005 Riserva remains a typical, mineral-laced, taut wine from the northern district. Its potential for continued positive development in bottle seems excellent. The estate gave the Riserva 40 months in oak.

Antonio Galloni

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2004

96/100

An absolutely compelling Brunello, Canalicchio's 2004 Riserva is magnificent from the very first taste. Rich and ample on the palate with silky tannins in support, the 2004 Riserva captures the very best qualities of a vintage in which the wines are sensual and finessed to the core. Still very, very young, the 2004 Riserva will drink well for another 20 years or more. Put quite simply, the 2004 Riserva is a knock out. This is a perfect example where the differences between the Brunello and the Riserva are more about stylistic and personal preferences rather than absolute quality.

Antonio Galloni

 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2001

93/100

The 2001 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is in a beautiful spot today, now that the tannins have begun to soften a touch. Bold and broadly sketched, the 2001 Riserva shows the more voluptuous side of the year. This is a classic Canalicchio wine, but with a little more power, ripeness and richness than is often found. Black fruit, smoke, tobacco, licorice and game add the final layers of nuance.

Antonio Galloni

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1995

94/100

The 1995 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is quite a bit fresher than the straight Brunello bottling. As always, the wines of this era here show an element of rusticity, but within that context, the Riserva is quite pretty and expressive. Still vibrant, the 1995 Riserva will drink well for another decade or so.

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2007

92/100

Tasted next to the 2006, the 2007 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva comes across as relatively soft and easygoing. Ripe, silky tannins provide the framework for layers of expressive fruit in a sophisticated Brunello with plenty of early appeal. I suggest drinking the 2007 while the 2006 ages. Both are fabulous. The 2007 spent six months in 750-liter French oak barrels followed by 36 months in cask. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2022. 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

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2006

94/100

One of the truly exciting wines of the year, the 2006 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva boasts superb richness, power and depth from start to finish. Cloves, violets, incense, plums, black cherries and menthol all explode from the glass in a virile, towering Brunello endowed with massive structure. Fresh, vibrant and beautifully delineated, this drop-dead gorgeous Riserva has more than enough stuffing to drink well for two decades. The estate gave the 2006 Riserva 42 months in oak, all of which it handled beautifully. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2031. 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 MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2005

93+/100

he 2005 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is terrific. Freshly cut roses, sweet red fruits, tobacco and licorice emerge gracefully from this refined, utterly impeccable Brunello. Sweet, elegant tannins frame the fruit beautifully through to the finish. The 2005 Riserva remains a typical, mineral-laced, taut wine from the northern district. Its potential for continued positive development in bottle seems excellent. The estate gave the Riserva 40 months in oak. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025. This is another solid set of wines from Canalicchio di Sopra – Ripaccioli, an estate that continues to ratchet up quality in a meaningful way.  

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

93+/100

The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is built on a core of elegance and refinement rather than the sheer power that typically characterizes the estate’s wines. This is a sensual, layered Brunello that only gradually reveals its seductive charm. Sweet, silky tannins support a core of ripe dark fruit all the way through to the sublime, delicate finish. Readers looking for a blockbuster 2004 Riserva should look elsewhere, but those in search of the elegant side of Brunello will find much to admire here. That said; the wine gained quite a bit of volume and depth with air, so it will be interesting to see where things go from here. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2024. Canalicchio di Sopra - Ripaccioli seems to be making better and better wines with each passing vintage. The estate’s Rosso and Brunellos are sourced from vineyards in the Canalicchio and Montosoli districts, both on the northern side of Montalcino, and are aged predominantly in cask.  

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2001

91/100

There is something rustic yet deeply satisfying about Canalicchio di Sopra’s highly idiosyncratic Brunellos that makes them compelling to drink. The intense 2001 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is loaded with black cherries, earthiness, tobacco and spices. A dark, brooding, powerful wine, it isn’t especially approachable today, but it should offer terrific drinking with another year or two of bottle age. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2019.  

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
1999

94/100

The 1999 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva made a terrific showing thanks to its all-embracing personality. There’s a real sense of abundance and generosity here that starts with the wine’s richly textured mouthfeel and darkly concentrated appearance. The aromas have certainly moved into the third and final stage of their evolution with smoked bacon and saddle bag but there’s enough pressed fruit and crushed flower to keep it from feeling one-dimensional. The mouthfeel is lean and elegant with surprising focus and clarity. Decant the wine three to four hours prior to serving. Drink: 2014-2028.

Monica Larner

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1998

91/100

The 1998 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is dark in color, ripe and full on the nose with abundant sensations of caramel, chocolate, and tar, and a rich, firm, ample palate which features plenty of grip and authority on the finish. Drink: 2005-2016. 

Daniel Thomases

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1997

90/100

The 1997 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a wine that totally took me off guard. I associate Canalicchio di Sopra with a classic, so-called “traditional” style that puts an emphasis on the smallest details like delicate nuances and lithe sensations. This wine is obviously born from a very different mindset, a more powerful vintage. Bold and broad-shouldered, it is packed tight with pressed cherry, anise seed, tar and black licorice. It changes tune slightly in the mouth where it walks with quieter footsteps. This wine is at its peak performance right now and may fade fast. I recommend a shorter decanting. Drink: 2014-2019.

Monica Larner

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

17,5/20

Tasted blind. Very heavy bottle! Lustrous deep ruby with orange rim. Sweet, brooding nose. Fragrant and elegant on the palate with plenty of polished tannins. Very fruit dominated on the finish, for the moment. Huge potential. 

Walter Speller

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2007

15,5/20

Very heavy bottle! Dark, mature-looking ruby. Very slow to emerge from the glass and same reluctance on the palate. Key word is sweet concentration. A little leathery. 

Walter Speller

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2006

16,5/20

Concentrated deep ruby with narrow orange rim. Fruit marked by nutty oak but with real depth and lots of concentration. 

Walter Speller

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2005

16,5/20

Bright red. Ripe red fruits and strong mintiness. Pretty warm and round.  Concentrated and still with sinewy tannins. Very dry - dried fruit - finish. Just a bit awkward. 

Walter Speller

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

18/20

Concentrated maturing ruby with bricky rim. Amazingly fine, perfumed sweet nose with notes of tea leaves and pure cherry. Wonderful precision of fruit on the palate and richly tannic. The Barolo amongst the Brunello? No signs of age yet! Wonderful depth on the finish. 

Walter Speller

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2001

17++/20

Mid-to-dark mature-looking ruby with bright, brickstone rim. Sweet undergrowth, multi-layered dried fruit with some cherry creeping up. Hint of herb liqueur. Supple, full bodied and still a little closed. Sweetly aromatic on a tannic finish. Very slow to open up, and still could do with more time in the bottle. Lots of powdery tannins for the moment but with wonderful fine tangy acidity on the finish. 

Walter Speller

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

94/100

This riserva Brunello delivers a dark and masculine approach with brawny aromas of cured meat, spice, black fruit and prune. Both the density and persistency are impressive and the wine ends with inky concentration and finely textured tannins.

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2006

95/100

Here is a generous, modern and bold expression of Sangiovese Grosso whose soft layers of chocolate and dark cherry fruit help soften the natural acidity and structure of the 2006 vintage. A polished mineral note adds attractive definition on the finish. Tight and very firm; age this wine 10–20 years.

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

93/100

Here's another superstar Brunello Riserva from the excellent 2004 vintage. The aromas are rich and penetrating and recall cherry liqueur, cola, mesquite, cedar, wet earth and pressed violets. The wine's texture is streamlined and compact with polished tannins.

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2015

98/100

The Canalicchio di Sopra 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a beauty. It offers a brilliant interpretation of a warm and sunny vintage from cool, mineral-rich soils in an area with steep shifts between day and nighttime temperatures. This is one of those special wines in which the vintage characteristics fit the territory with the precision of a jigsaw puzzle. The bouquet is fluid and complex with tart cherry fruit, cola, licorice, aniseed and blue flower. That aniseed comes around a second time. The arrangement and order of those aromas changes with each successive swirl of the glass. This Riserva is fermented in stainless steel and aged in Slavonian oak casks for 36 months. Bottle production is shy of 7,000.
- Monica Larner 

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2015

95+/100

The 2015 Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a dark and exotic expression of Sangiovese. It pulls you closer to the glass with an alluring display, showing medicinal cherry, plum, a sweet dusting of cinnamon, clove and finally crushed violets. The textures are like pure silk being slowly draped across your palate, offset by tart red and black fruits, as a complex web of acids, minerals and tannins saturate, clamping down toward the close. Structured and tart, as it should be at this youthful phase, the 2015 is still just an infant, with the potential for over a decade’s worth of positive evolution. This year’s Riserva hails from fruit exclusively from the Vigna Vecchia Mercatale vineyard within the Canalicchio cru, and it spends only two extra months in 2,500-liter Slavonian oak casks prior to bottling. Tasted over the course of two days it got better each time I revisited it.
- Eric Guido 

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2015

98/100

An opulent red with black-cherry and plum aromas and flavors with undertones of orange peel and porcini mushrooms. It’s full-bodied and layered with depth and intensity throughout. Solid and layered. Very structured. Give this at least three to four years of bottle age. Try after 2024.
- James Suckling 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

95/100

The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a beautifully saturated expression, with gorgeous density and presence. The bouquet is carefully considered in terms of its power and intensity (remember, this was a hot and dry vintage, and ripening was accelerated as a result). It shows lots of varietal character and definition without ever going overboard or feeling too soft or ripe. In fact, this Riserva is surprisingly tonic and firm deep down. It sweeps over the palate with sweet, plush and softly velvety waves of fruity flavors.
- Monica Larner 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

94+/100

Good full red. Clean, focused aromas and ripe flavors of strawberry, blood orange, peppery spices and underbrush. Dense, ripe and savory but virtually weightless, delivering outstanding energy, depth and inner-mouth perfume. There's a lovely core of sweetness here, but the wine stands out today for its savoriness and youthful firmness. Finishes subtle and very long, displaying polished, suave tannins. This is yet another noteworthy 2012 Brunello Riserva.
- Ian D'Agata 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

94/100

Classically styled wine with a spicy and cedary nose as well as dried flowers and a little orange zest. The palate has a very smoothly rendered tannin bed and bright, succulent flavors of dried dark cherries. Pretty structure and depth. Try from 2022.
- James Suckling 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

95/100

This year's Riserva comes from the estate's two oldest vineyards. The north-facing Vigna Vecchia Mercatale makes up the backbone, with the remaining 20% coming from Vigna Casaccia, which will be bottled as a single vineyard Brunello in the future. There is a wild gaminess on the nose, countered by scents of lavender, tobacco and intense balsamic herbs. On the palate, powdery tannins frame compact fruit and the finish reverberates with a captivating minerality.
- Michaela Morris 

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2012

96/100

A ripe, macerated version, displaying plum, cherry, tobacco, earth and spice flavors. A beam of lively acidity in the middle elevates this. Ends with elegance, supporting tannins and fine length. Best from 2022 through 2036. 600 cases made, 200 cases imported. 
- Bruce Sanderson 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2013

97/100

The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a tremendous wine that delivers a deep sense of inner gravity and balance. That, in a nutshell, is the secret of the top-end wines made at the exciting Canalicchio di Sopra estate. The wines made here always exhibit carefully measured balance in the classic vintages (like 2013) and in the difficult years as well. That extreme balance is exactly why you taste the vintage variation with such distinction. This expression from 2013 is remarkably smooth and silky with a steady succession of traditional Sangiovese aromas that span from wild berry, forest floor, wet earth, pressed flower and hints of tangy licorice or aniseed. This is a mid-weight Brunello that glides over the palate with precise, delicate and long lasting waves of intensity. Some 3,185 bottles, 174 magnums and 30 double magnums were made.
- Monica Larner 

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2013

93/100

This has tarry aromas with a wealth of ripe black cherries and a dusting of cocoa. The palate has a plush, ripe-berry core, as well as a neat frame of succulent tannins. Good cut and drive here. Drink or hold.
- James Suckling 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2013

93+/100

Deep red. An inviting nose of red cherry, gardenia, lily of the valley, and minerals leads to a creamy, expansive yet ultra-buoyant palate. A hint of salinity complements flavors similar to the aromas adding freshness and extending them on the long finish.
- Ian D'Agata 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2013

97/100

Francesco Ripaccioli only has 11 harvests under his belt but calls 2013 the most beautiful one so far. This is also the first year in which the estate's Riserva comes exclusively from the Montosoli cru. Planted in 1995, these are the oldest vines in their stable. Even more thrilling than the winery's 2012, the 2013 Riserva is a model of precision, exquisite balance and razor-sharp linearity. Dense without being heavy, this is buoyed by vivacious acidity and wrapped in commanding yet fine-grained tannins. It unfolds slowly, revealing notes of mineral, sweet dark earth, rosehip, violet and sage blossom - but it promises even more in the years ahead.
- Michaela Morris 

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2013

95/100

Woodland-berry, forest-floor, Mediterranean herb and blue-flower aromas mingle with whiffs of dark spice and leather. Savory and loaded with finesse, the focused palate delivers black cherry, cranberry, baking spice and tobacco set against tightly knit polished tannins. It's balanced, with bright acidity. Drink 2023–2030.
- Kerin 0'Keefe

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2013

18/20

Deep ruby with bricky tinges. Brooding nose hinting at sweet fruit. Monolithic and slow on the palate and with a fantastic balance between concentrated tangy fruit and ripe, gripping tannins. Patience needed.
- Walter Speller 

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2013

95/100

This is harmonious, featuring cherry, strawberry, plum and earth flavors that mesh with the supple texture and firm structure. Elements of iron, leather and tobacco emerge as this red stretches out on the tangy finish. Best from 2021 through 2040. 275 cases made, 100 cases imported.
- Bruce Sanserdon 

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2015

97/100

From the commitment and efforts made by the Pacenti family, here is an excellent product. Aged 42 months in oak. Density and tautness on the nose: cherry jam, a touch of aromatic herbs, rosemary, ending on the notes of licorice. Compact mouth, iodized tannins with an officinal taste returning on the finish.
- Luca Gardini 

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2015

95/100

English
Powerful, sparkling ruby ​​garnet. Slightly restrained nose with finely drawn notes of cherry jam and blackberry, behind it some leather and smoke. Grippy, dense tannin, shows a lot of power, gripping, firm pressure in the end.
- Othmar Kiem, Simon Staffler

Deutsche

Kraftvolles, funkelndes Rubin-Granat. Etwas zurückhaltende Nase mit fein gezeichneten Noten nach Kirschenmarmelade und Brombeere, dahinter etwas Leder und Rauch. Griffiges, dichtmaschiges Tannin, zeigt viel Kraft, zupackend, im Finale fester Druck.
- Othmar Kiem, Simon Staffler

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2015

95/100

This red evokes sweet, ripe fruit in the form of plum and cherry, complemented by accents of leather, almond, earth and autumn woods. The fruit is matched to a dense matrix of tannins, while the aftertaste lingers, echoing both fruit and savory elements. Best from 2024 through 2047.
- Bruce Sanderson 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2015

96/100

In years it's produced, Canalicchio di Sopra crafts its Riserva from a single vineyard of the estate’s oldest vines. In 2015, it hails from Vigna Vecchia Mercatale, which countered the vintage’s warmth with its north-facing, breezy exposure. Opening slowly, it marries lifted liquorice, dried flowers and baking spice with forest undergrowth and leather. There's plenty of character here with a mouthful of dusty red currants and red cherries. Chewy and vigorous, it
really keeps improving in the glass - but I would put it away for a few more years.
Drinking Window 2024 - 2038
- Michaela Morris

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2015

QUATTRO VITI

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2016

97/100

Lovely sweet black cherries and blackberries on the nose with lots of flowers. Full-bodied with fine, dusty tannins that are polished and beautiful. It’s very poised and pretty now, but will deliver so much more with bottle age. Goes on and on. Drink after 2024.
- James Suckling

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2016

98/100

The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is dark, floral and exotic, even sultry at times, presenting a bouquet of black currant, animal musk and savory, crushed ashen stone. The textures are silky yet dense, showing mineral-webbed woodland berries and balsamic spices. The tannic heft mounts toward the close, penetrating deeply, but with brisk acids to balance. The 2016 is animalistic in nature, yet crystalline and fresh, tapering off structured and incredibly long, leaving licorice and balsam herbs to linger. In 2016, Francesco Ripaccioli decided to use fruit from both the Vigna Vecchia and Mercatale vineyards in the Riserva, which is typically the richer and bolder expression of Brunello at Canalicchio di Sopra, but in 2016, it's totally classic in every possible way. What a glorious wine!
- Eric Guido 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2016

97/100

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2016

100/100

Richness and complexity for a Riserva for years at the top of his category. From Vigna Vecchia Mercatale and Vigna Casaccia, on the skins for 28 days in steel, then at least 42 months in Slavonian oak. Raspberry jam on the nose, salty touches of Taggiasche olives, finish on the notes of rhubarb. Mouth with iodized tannins, persistence and fruity return.
- Luca Gardini 

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Produced only for great vintages and in limited quantities from the oldest vineyards on the estate, it represents the flagship of quality on our estate: an expression of the concepts which we hold most dear at Canalicchio di Sopra - Elegance, Terroir, Depth. At least 80% of the grapes come from a single vineyard: Vigna Vecchia Mercatale. 

Wine type

DOCG

Grape variety

Sangiovese 100%

Altitude

From 283 to 290 masl

Soil type

Soil featuring a prevalent clayey component with considerable mineral content which characterize wines with great sapidity. The clayey component favours wines of great structure. Facing north and subject to eastern winds that favour the exaltation of balsamic aromas typical of the Crù, wines from this vineyard achieve that optimal balance between fruit and acidity, essential requirements for long ageing.

 

Training System

Cordon trained and spur pruned (Spurrend cordon)

Vineyard

Selection of grapes from estate vineyards more than 20 years old

 

Vinification

In steel tanks with fermentation temperature control, daily soft pumping over. Maceration on the skins for 28 days.

Aging

42 months in slavonian Oak casks

First year of production

1987

Alcohol content

14.50%

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

99/100

The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is one of my favorite wines of the year. It gets as close to Brunello perfection as vinously possible. Fruit is sourced exclusively from the estate's oldest vines in the Vigna Vecchia Mercatale vineyard, the oldest Canalicchio cru. The vines were planted in 1987-1988. They are in their prime production years right now. This is first time the Riserva is made exclusively from that site. The depth of this wine is extraordinary. The wine starts with a playful offering of red fruit and cherry. Like many of the wines from this vintage, the bouquet takes a while to arrive at full intensity.
That margin should shorten as the wine continues its cellar aging and evolution. Yet, the slow start to the bouquet is ultimately what drives your interest in this wine. The mouthfeel is exceptional with tannins that are both silky and firm at the same time.
My visit to Canalicchio di Sopra was one of the most complete and satisfying of the Montalcino region. Francesco Ripaccioli offered a tasting of his current releases and a fascinating look at Brunello from the Vigna Casaccia from 2013, 2014 and 2015 (before malolactic fermentation). With the memory of that tasting firmly in mind, I enjoyed a second tasting of his new wines at home. The Canalicchio di Sopra 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is among my top five favorite wines of the vintage joining in the company of Il Marroneto, Casanova di Neri, Pian dell'Orino and Salvioni.

Monica Larner

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2010

93/100

A dense, plummy style, offering supporting notes of tobacco, underbrush, earth and mineral. Ripe and balanced, with lively acidity and assertive tannins shoring up the finish. Needs some time, but the equilibrium is there. Best from 2019 through 2033. 833 cases made.

Bruce Sanderson

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

18/20 (TOP SCORE FOR THE VINTAGE)

Mid ruby with bright orange tinges. Fine oatmeal and cherry nose. Powerful, fruit-driven palate that is fantastically balanced. Very intense right now but possesses lots of depth and energy and beautifully polished tannins. Drink 2020-2034 Walter Speller

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

96/100 - CELLAR SELECTION

Underbrush, truffle, pressed violet, tilled soil, eucalyptus and mature berry aromas unfold on this structured, elegant red. It is still young and primary, offering red cherry, black raspberry, menthol, licorice and dried herb alongside youthfully austere tannins that need to unwind. This will benefit from another decade of cellaring. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

95/100

Underbrush, tobacco, new leather and chopped herb aromas unfold in the glass. Full bodied and tightly wound, the palate delivers Marasca cherry, pomegranate, licorice and orange zest framed in taut fine-grained tannins. Give this several more years to come around then drink or hold for even more complexity. Drink from 2022 through 2032. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2005

93/100

This is a very pleasurable, smooth and rich Riserva that lavishes layers of chocolate fudge, vanilla bean and bright cherry. Overall, it shows good intensity and smooth consistency.

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2007

93/100

Ripe, lush and polished, this red is fresh and lively, showcasing plum, cherry, leather, spice and chocolate flavors on a sleek frame. Lacks cohesion on the finish for now, but should come together with age. Best from 2016 through 2032.

Bruce Sanderson

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2006

95/100

A dense and powerful red with tight and structured tannins. It's full yet sleek and lean. Very firm and long. A beautiful wine with real greatness. Clarity in the bottle. Drink now, but will improve for years ahead.

James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2005

92/100

This is spicy in style, with vanilla, cedar and clove aromas and flavors accenting a core of cherry and tobacco. In the end, there's a purity to the fruit, but it needs time to find its balance. Structured and long. Best from 2014 through 2027. 420 cases made.

Bruce Sanderson

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

92/100

There's licorice on the nose, with some salt and ripe cherry, in this Brunello, which has very intense aromas that lead to a chewy, concentrated, full-bodied palate. A little rustic and overdone. But impressive nonetheless. There's lots of toasty oak--a little less new wood would make this even better. Best after 2013. 500 cases made.

James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2001

91/100

Lots of blackberry, tar and dried flowers. Full-bodied, with a solid core of fruit and a long finish. Chewy. Best after 2010. 330 cases made.

James Suckling

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1999

90/100

Supple and caressing, with plenty of violet, berry and cedar character. Medium- to full-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and a long finish. Best after 2005. 335 cases made.

James Suckling

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1998

90/100

Very fresh and fruity with refined tannins and a long finish. Medium- to full-bodied, silky texture. Another year of bottle age would bring it together. Best after 2004. 200 cases made.

James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

98/100

A wine that shows so much on the nose with dried-meat, wet-earth and fruit aromas and flavors. Changes all the time. Full body, velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. Superb depth and length. Drink now or hold for as long as you'd like.

James Suckling 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2007

92/100

Shows excellent aromas of plums and light coffee that follow through to a full body, with chewy tannins and a medium finish. A bit more on the finish would take it to a different level. Needs a year or two to soften.

James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
1999

93/100

This is very intense and rich with polished and velvety tannins. Full body, leather, berry and plum character. Hints of chocolate and meat. Drink now.

James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

95+/100

The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is just as magnificent as it was last year. Since then, the 2010 has acquired an extra dimension of finesse it did not show last year. Powerful yet weightless in the style that is typical of the wines of the north, the Riserva exudes energy, tension and depth. Sweet dark cherry, lavender, herbs, mint and tobacco shape this deeply expressive, virile Riserva built on class. The new oak, which was evident last year, has not subsided and is really only evident in the wine's mid-palate sweetness and texture.

Antonio Galloni

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2007

94/100

Canalicchio di Sopra's 2007 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva delivers the goods. A dark, enveloping wine, the Riserva is laced with black stone fruits, scorched earth, smoke, licorice and violets. As always, the style is intense and brooding to the core. In 2007, there is a little more raciness and early appeal to the Riserva than is often the case, but this remains a fairly muscular style of Brunello that will appeal most to readers who enjoy structured wines.

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2006

94/100

The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a big, broad-shouldered wine endowed with tremendous depth and richness. Black cherries, licorice, new leather and tobacco wrap around the palate in this dramatic, sweeping Brunello. Despite the wine's size, there is plenty of nuance and detail. The 2006 needed all of its 40 months in cask. This is a fabulous effort.

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2005

93+/100

The 2005 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is terrific. Freshly cut roses, sweet red fruits, tobacco and licorice emerge gracefully from this refined, utterly impeccable Brunello. Sweet, elegant tannins frame the fruit beautifully through to the finish. The 2005 Riserva remains a typical, mineral-laced, taut wine from the northern district. Its potential for continued positive development in bottle seems excellent. The estate gave the Riserva 40 months in oak.

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

96/100

An absolutely compelling Brunello, Canalicchio's 2004 Riserva is magnificent from the very first taste. Rich and ample on the palate with silky tannins in support, the 2004 Riserva captures the very best qualities of a vintage in which the wines are sensual and finessed to the core. Still very, very young, the 2004 Riserva will drink well for another 20 years or more. Put quite simply, the 2004 Riserva is a knock out. This is a perfect example where the differences between the Brunello and the Riserva are more about stylistic and personal preferences rather than absolute quality.

Antonio Galloni

 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2001

93/100

The 2001 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is in a beautiful spot today, now that the tannins have begun to soften a touch. Bold and broadly sketched, the 2001 Riserva shows the more voluptuous side of the year. This is a classic Canalicchio wine, but with a little more power, ripeness and richness than is often found. Black fruit, smoke, tobacco, licorice and game add the final layers of nuance.

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
1995

94/100

The 1995 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is quite a bit fresher than the straight Brunello bottling. As always, the wines of this era here show an element of rusticity, but within that context, the Riserva is quite pretty and expressive. Still vibrant, the 1995 Riserva will drink well for another decade or so.

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2007

92/100

Tasted next to the 2006, the 2007 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva comes across as relatively soft and easygoing. Ripe, silky tannins provide the framework for layers of expressive fruit in a sophisticated Brunello with plenty of early appeal. I suggest drinking the 2007 while the 2006 ages. Both are fabulous. The 2007 spent six months in 750-liter French oak barrels followed by 36 months in cask. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2022. 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 MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2006

94/100

One of the truly exciting wines of the year, the 2006 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva boasts superb richness, power and depth from start to finish. Cloves, violets, incense, plums, black cherries and menthol all explode from the glass in a virile, towering Brunello endowed with massive structure. Fresh, vibrant and beautifully delineated, this drop-dead gorgeous Riserva has more than enough stuffing to drink well for two decades. The estate gave the 2006 Riserva 42 months in oak, all of which it handled beautifully. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2031. 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 MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2005

93+/100

he 2005 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is terrific. Freshly cut roses, sweet red fruits, tobacco and licorice emerge gracefully from this refined, utterly impeccable Brunello. Sweet, elegant tannins frame the fruit beautifully through to the finish. The 2005 Riserva remains a typical, mineral-laced, taut wine from the northern district. Its potential for continued positive development in bottle seems excellent. The estate gave the Riserva 40 months in oak. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025. This is another solid set of wines from Canalicchio di Sopra – Ripaccioli, an estate that continues to ratchet up quality in a meaningful way.  

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

93+/100

The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is built on a core of elegance and refinement rather than the sheer power that typically characterizes the estate’s wines. This is a sensual, layered Brunello that only gradually reveals its seductive charm. Sweet, silky tannins support a core of ripe dark fruit all the way through to the sublime, delicate finish. Readers looking for a blockbuster 2004 Riserva should look elsewhere, but those in search of the elegant side of Brunello will find much to admire here. That said; the wine gained quite a bit of volume and depth with air, so it will be interesting to see where things go from here. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2024. Canalicchio di Sopra - Ripaccioli seems to be making better and better wines with each passing vintage. The estate’s Rosso and Brunellos are sourced from vineyards in the Canalicchio and Montosoli districts, both on the northern side of Montalcino, and are aged predominantly in cask.  

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2001

91/100

There is something rustic yet deeply satisfying about Canalicchio di Sopra’s highly idiosyncratic Brunellos that makes them compelling to drink. The intense 2001 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is loaded with black cherries, earthiness, tobacco and spices. A dark, brooding, powerful wine, it isn’t especially approachable today, but it should offer terrific drinking with another year or two of bottle age. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2019.  

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
1999

94/100

The 1999 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva made a terrific showing thanks to its all-embracing personality. There’s a real sense of abundance and generosity here that starts with the wine’s richly textured mouthfeel and darkly concentrated appearance. The aromas have certainly moved into the third and final stage of their evolution with smoked bacon and saddle bag but there’s enough pressed fruit and crushed flower to keep it from feeling one-dimensional. The mouthfeel is lean and elegant with surprising focus and clarity. Decant the wine three to four hours prior to serving. Drink: 2014-2028.

Monica Larner

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1998

91/100

The 1998 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is dark in color, ripe and full on the nose with abundant sensations of caramel, chocolate, and tar, and a rich, firm, ample palate which features plenty of grip and authority on the finish. Drink: 2005-2016. 

Daniel Thomases

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1997

90/100

The 1997 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a wine that totally took me off guard. I associate Canalicchio di Sopra with a classic, so-called “traditional” style that puts an emphasis on the smallest details like delicate nuances and lithe sensations. This wine is obviously born from a very different mindset, a more powerful vintage. Bold and broad-shouldered, it is packed tight with pressed cherry, anise seed, tar and black licorice. It changes tune slightly in the mouth where it walks with quieter footsteps. This wine is at its peak performance right now and may fade fast. I recommend a shorter decanting. Drink: 2014-2019.

Monica Larner

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

17,5/20

Tasted blind. Very heavy bottle! Lustrous deep ruby with orange rim. Sweet, brooding nose. Fragrant and elegant on the palate with plenty of polished tannins. Very fruit dominated on the finish, for the moment. Huge potential. 

Walter Speller

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2007

15,5/20

Very heavy bottle! Dark, mature-looking ruby. Very slow to emerge from the glass and same reluctance on the palate. Key word is sweet concentration. A little leathery. 

Walter Speller

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2006

16,5/20

Concentrated deep ruby with narrow orange rim. Fruit marked by nutty oak but with real depth and lots of concentration. 

Walter Speller

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2005

16,5/20

Bright red. Ripe red fruits and strong mintiness. Pretty warm and round.  Concentrated and still with sinewy tannins. Very dry - dried fruit - finish. Just a bit awkward. 

Walter Speller

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

18/20

Concentrated maturing ruby with bricky rim. Amazingly fine, perfumed sweet nose with notes of tea leaves and pure cherry. Wonderful precision of fruit on the palate and richly tannic. The Barolo amongst the Brunello? No signs of age yet! Wonderful depth on the finish. 

Walter Speller

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2001

17++/20

Mid-to-dark mature-looking ruby with bright, brickstone rim. Sweet undergrowth, multi-layered dried fruit with some cherry creeping up. Hint of herb liqueur. Supple, full bodied and still a little closed. Sweetly aromatic on a tannic finish. Very slow to open up, and still could do with more time in the bottle. Lots of powdery tannins for the moment but with wonderful fine tangy acidity on the finish. 

Walter Speller

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

94/100

This riserva Brunello delivers a dark and masculine approach with brawny aromas of cured meat, spice, black fruit and prune. Both the density and persistency are impressive and the wine ends with inky concentration and finely textured tannins.

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2006

95/100

Here is a generous, modern and bold expression of Sangiovese Grosso whose soft layers of chocolate and dark cherry fruit help soften the natural acidity and structure of the 2006 vintage. A polished mineral note adds attractive definition on the finish. Tight and very firm; age this wine 10–20 years.

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

93/100

Here's another superstar Brunello Riserva from the excellent 2004 vintage. The aromas are rich and penetrating and recall cherry liqueur, cola, mesquite, cedar, wet earth and pressed violets. The wine's texture is streamlined and compact with polished tannins.

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2015

98/100

The Canalicchio di Sopra 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a beauty. It offers a brilliant interpretation of a warm and sunny vintage from cool, mineral-rich soils in an area with steep shifts between day and nighttime temperatures. This is one of those special wines in which the vintage characteristics fit the territory with the precision of a jigsaw puzzle. The bouquet is fluid and complex with tart cherry fruit, cola, licorice, aniseed and blue flower. That aniseed comes around a second time. The arrangement and order of those aromas changes with each successive swirl of the glass. This Riserva is fermented in stainless steel and aged in Slavonian oak casks for 36 months. Bottle production is shy of 7,000.
- Monica Larner 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2015

95+/100

The 2015 Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a dark and exotic expression of Sangiovese. It pulls you closer to the glass with an alluring display, showing medicinal cherry, plum, a sweet dusting of cinnamon, clove and finally crushed violets. The textures are like pure silk being slowly draped across your palate, offset by tart red and black fruits, as a complex web of acids, minerals and tannins saturate, clamping down toward the close. Structured and tart, as it should be at this youthful phase, the 2015 is still just an infant, with the potential for over a decade’s worth of positive evolution. This year’s Riserva hails from fruit exclusively from the Vigna Vecchia Mercatale vineyard within the Canalicchio cru, and it spends only two extra months in 2,500-liter Slavonian oak casks prior to bottling. Tasted over the course of two days it got better each time I revisited it.
- Eric Guido 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2015

98/100

An opulent red with black-cherry and plum aromas and flavors with undertones of orange peel and porcini mushrooms. It’s full-bodied and layered with depth and intensity throughout. Solid and layered. Very structured. Give this at least three to four years of bottle age. Try after 2024.
- James Suckling 

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2012

95/100

The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a beautifully saturated expression, with gorgeous density and presence. The bouquet is carefully considered in terms of its power and intensity (remember, this was a hot and dry vintage, and ripening was accelerated as a result). It shows lots of varietal character and definition without ever going overboard or feeling too soft or ripe. In fact, this Riserva is surprisingly tonic and firm deep down. It sweeps over the palate with sweet, plush and softly velvety waves of fruity flavors.
- Monica Larner 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

94+/100

Good full red. Clean, focused aromas and ripe flavors of strawberry, blood orange, peppery spices and underbrush. Dense, ripe and savory but virtually weightless, delivering outstanding energy, depth and inner-mouth perfume. There's a lovely core of sweetness here, but the wine stands out today for its savoriness and youthful firmness. Finishes subtle and very long, displaying polished, suave tannins. This is yet another noteworthy 2012 Brunello Riserva.
- Ian D'Agata 

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2012

94/100

Classically styled wine with a spicy and cedary nose as well as dried flowers and a little orange zest. The palate has a very smoothly rendered tannin bed and bright, succulent flavors of dried dark cherries. Pretty structure and depth. Try from 2022.
- James Suckling 

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2012

95/100

This year's Riserva comes from the estate's two oldest vineyards. The north-facing Vigna Vecchia Mercatale makes up the backbone, with the remaining 20% coming from Vigna Casaccia, which will be bottled as a single vineyard Brunello in the future. There is a wild gaminess on the nose, countered by scents of lavender, tobacco and intense balsamic herbs. On the palate, powdery tannins frame compact fruit and the finish reverberates with a captivating minerality.
- Michaela Morris 

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2012

96/100

A ripe, macerated version, displaying plum, cherry, tobacco, earth and spice flavors. A beam of lively acidity in the middle elevates this. Ends with elegance, supporting tannins and fine length. Best from 2022 through 2036. 600 cases made, 200 cases imported. 
- Bruce Sanderson 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2013

97/100

The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a tremendous wine that delivers a deep sense of inner gravity and balance. That, in a nutshell, is the secret of the top-end wines made at the exciting Canalicchio di Sopra estate. The wines made here always exhibit carefully measured balance in the classic vintages (like 2013) and in the difficult years as well. That extreme balance is exactly why you taste the vintage variation with such distinction. This expression from 2013 is remarkably smooth and silky with a steady succession of traditional Sangiovese aromas that span from wild berry, forest floor, wet earth, pressed flower and hints of tangy licorice or aniseed. This is a mid-weight Brunello that glides over the palate with precise, delicate and long lasting waves of intensity. Some 3,185 bottles, 174 magnums and 30 double magnums were made.
- Monica Larner 

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2013

93/100

This has tarry aromas with a wealth of ripe black cherries and a dusting of cocoa. The palate has a plush, ripe-berry core, as well as a neat frame of succulent tannins. Good cut and drive here. Drink or hold.
- James Suckling 

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2013

93+/100

Deep red. An inviting nose of red cherry, gardenia, lily of the valley, and minerals leads to a creamy, expansive yet ultra-buoyant palate. A hint of salinity complements flavors similar to the aromas adding freshness and extending them on the long finish.
- Ian D'Agata 

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2013

97/100

Francesco Ripaccioli only has 11 harvests under his belt but calls 2013 the most beautiful one so far. This is also the first year in which the estate's Riserva comes exclusively from the Montosoli cru. Planted in 1995, these are the oldest vines in their stable. Even more thrilling than the winery's 2012, the 2013 Riserva is a model of precision, exquisite balance and razor-sharp linearity. Dense without being heavy, this is buoyed by vivacious acidity and wrapped in commanding yet fine-grained tannins. It unfolds slowly, revealing notes of mineral, sweet dark earth, rosehip, violet and sage blossom - but it promises even more in the years ahead.
- Michaela Morris 

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2013

95/100

Woodland-berry, forest-floor, Mediterranean herb and blue-flower aromas mingle with whiffs of dark spice and leather. Savory and loaded with finesse, the focused palate delivers black cherry, cranberry, baking spice and tobacco set against tightly knit polished tannins. It's balanced, with bright acidity. Drink 2023–2030.
- Kerin 0'Keefe

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2013

18/20

Deep ruby with bricky tinges. Brooding nose hinting at sweet fruit. Monolithic and slow on the palate and with a fantastic balance between concentrated tangy fruit and ripe, gripping tannins. Patience needed.
- Walter Speller 

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2013

95/100

This is harmonious, featuring cherry, strawberry, plum and earth flavors that mesh with the supple texture and firm structure. Elements of iron, leather and tobacco emerge as this red stretches out on the tangy finish. Best from 2021 through 2040. 275 cases made, 100 cases imported.
- Bruce Sanserdon 

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2015

97/100

From the commitment and efforts made by the Pacenti family, here is an excellent product. Aged 42 months in oak. Density and tautness on the nose: cherry jam, a touch of aromatic herbs, rosemary, ending on the notes of licorice. Compact mouth, iodized tannins with an officinal taste returning on the finish.
- Luca Gardini 

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2015

95/100

English
Powerful, sparkling ruby ​​garnet. Slightly restrained nose with finely drawn notes of cherry jam and blackberry, behind it some leather and smoke. Grippy, dense tannin, shows a lot of power, gripping, firm pressure in the end.
- Othmar Kiem, Simon Staffler

Deutsche

Kraftvolles, funkelndes Rubin-Granat. Etwas zurückhaltende Nase mit fein gezeichneten Noten nach Kirschenmarmelade und Brombeere, dahinter etwas Leder und Rauch. Griffiges, dichtmaschiges Tannin, zeigt viel Kraft, zupackend, im Finale fester Druck.
- Othmar Kiem, Simon Staffler

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2015

95/100

This red evokes sweet, ripe fruit in the form of plum and cherry, complemented by accents of leather, almond, earth and autumn woods. The fruit is matched to a dense matrix of tannins, while the aftertaste lingers, echoing both fruit and savory elements. Best from 2024 through 2047.
- Bruce Sanderson 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2015

96/100

In years it's produced, Canalicchio di Sopra crafts its Riserva from a single vineyard of the estate’s oldest vines. In 2015, it hails from Vigna Vecchia Mercatale, which countered the vintage’s warmth with its north-facing, breezy exposure. Opening slowly, it marries lifted liquorice, dried flowers and baking spice with forest undergrowth and leather. There's plenty of character here with a mouthful of dusty red currants and red cherries. Chewy and vigorous, it
really keeps improving in the glass - but I would put it away for a few more years.
Drinking Window 2024 - 2038
- Michaela Morris

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2015

QUATTRO VITI

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2016

97/100

Lovely sweet black cherries and blackberries on the nose with lots of flowers. Full-bodied with fine, dusty tannins that are polished and beautiful. It’s very poised and pretty now, but will deliver so much more with bottle age. Goes on and on. Drink after 2024.
- James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2016

98/100

The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is dark, floral and exotic, even sultry at times, presenting a bouquet of black currant, animal musk and savory, crushed ashen stone. The textures are silky yet dense, showing mineral-webbed woodland berries and balsamic spices. The tannic heft mounts toward the close, penetrating deeply, but with brisk acids to balance. The 2016 is animalistic in nature, yet crystalline and fresh, tapering off structured and incredibly long, leaving licorice and balsam herbs to linger. In 2016, Francesco Ripaccioli decided to use fruit from both the Vigna Vecchia and Mercatale vineyards in the Riserva, which is typically the richer and bolder expression of Brunello at Canalicchio di Sopra, but in 2016, it's totally classic in every possible way. What a glorious wine!
- Eric Guido 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2016

97/100

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2016

100/100

Richness and complexity for a Riserva for years at the top of his category. From Vigna Vecchia Mercatale and Vigna Casaccia, on the skins for 28 days in steel, then at least 42 months in Slavonian oak. Raspberry jam on the nose, salty touches of Taggiasche olives, finish on the notes of rhubarb. Mouth with iodized tannins, persistence and fruity return.
- Luca Gardini 

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Produced only for great vintages and in limited quantities from the oldest vineyards on the estate, it represents the flagship of quality on our estate: an expression of the concepts which we hold most dear at Canalicchio di Sopra - Elegance, Terroir, Depth. At least 80% of the grapes come from a single vineyard: Vigna Vecchia Mercatale. 

Wine type

DOCG

Grape variety

Sangiovese 100%

Altitude

From 283 to 290 masl

Soil type

Soil featuring a prevalent clayey component with considerable mineral content which characterize wines with great sapidity. The clayey component favours wines of great structure. Facing north and subject to eastern winds that favour the exaltation of balsamic aromas typical of the Crù, wines from this vineyard achieve that optimal balance between fruit and acidity, essential requirements for long ageing.

 

Training System

Cordon trained and spur pruned (Spurrend cordon)

Vineyard

Selection of grapes from estate vineyards more than 20 years old

 

Vinification

In steel tanks with fermentation temperature control, daily soft pumping over. Maceration on the skins for 28 days.

Aging

42 months in slavonian Oak casks

First year of production

1987

Alcohol content

14.50%

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

99/100

The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is one of my favorite wines of the year. It gets as close to Brunello perfection as vinously possible. Fruit is sourced exclusively from the estate's oldest vines in the Vigna Vecchia Mercatale vineyard, the oldest Canalicchio cru. The vines were planted in 1987-1988. They are in their prime production years right now. This is first time the Riserva is made exclusively from that site. The depth of this wine is extraordinary. The wine starts with a playful offering of red fruit and cherry. Like many of the wines from this vintage, the bouquet takes a while to arrive at full intensity.
That margin should shorten as the wine continues its cellar aging and evolution. Yet, the slow start to the bouquet is ultimately what drives your interest in this wine. The mouthfeel is exceptional with tannins that are both silky and firm at the same time.
My visit to Canalicchio di Sopra was one of the most complete and satisfying of the Montalcino region. Francesco Ripaccioli offered a tasting of his current releases and a fascinating look at Brunello from the Vigna Casaccia from 2013, 2014 and 2015 (before malolactic fermentation). With the memory of that tasting firmly in mind, I enjoyed a second tasting of his new wines at home. The Canalicchio di Sopra 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is among my top five favorite wines of the vintage joining in the company of Il Marroneto, Casanova di Neri, Pian dell'Orino and Salvioni.

Monica Larner

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2010

93/100

A dense, plummy style, offering supporting notes of tobacco, underbrush, earth and mineral. Ripe and balanced, with lively acidity and assertive tannins shoring up the finish. Needs some time, but the equilibrium is there. Best from 2019 through 2033. 833 cases made.

Bruce Sanderson

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

18/20 (TOP SCORE FOR THE VINTAGE)

Mid ruby with bright orange tinges. Fine oatmeal and cherry nose. Powerful, fruit-driven palate that is fantastically balanced. Very intense right now but possesses lots of depth and energy and beautifully polished tannins. Drink 2020-2034 Walter Speller

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

96/100 - CELLAR SELECTION

Underbrush, truffle, pressed violet, tilled soil, eucalyptus and mature berry aromas unfold on this structured, elegant red. It is still young and primary, offering red cherry, black raspberry, menthol, licorice and dried herb alongside youthfully austere tannins that need to unwind. This will benefit from another decade of cellaring. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

95/100

Underbrush, tobacco, new leather and chopped herb aromas unfold in the glass. Full bodied and tightly wound, the palate delivers Marasca cherry, pomegranate, licorice and orange zest framed in taut fine-grained tannins. Give this several more years to come around then drink or hold for even more complexity. Drink from 2022 through 2032. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2005

93/100

This is a very pleasurable, smooth and rich Riserva that lavishes layers of chocolate fudge, vanilla bean and bright cherry. Overall, it shows good intensity and smooth consistency.

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2007

93/100

Ripe, lush and polished, this red is fresh and lively, showcasing plum, cherry, leather, spice and chocolate flavors on a sleek frame. Lacks cohesion on the finish for now, but should come together with age. Best from 2016 through 2032.

Bruce Sanderson

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2006

95/100

A dense and powerful red with tight and structured tannins. It's full yet sleek and lean. Very firm and long. A beautiful wine with real greatness. Clarity in the bottle. Drink now, but will improve for years ahead.

James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2005

92/100

This is spicy in style, with vanilla, cedar and clove aromas and flavors accenting a core of cherry and tobacco. In the end, there's a purity to the fruit, but it needs time to find its balance. Structured and long. Best from 2014 through 2027. 420 cases made.

Bruce Sanderson

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

92/100

There's licorice on the nose, with some salt and ripe cherry, in this Brunello, which has very intense aromas that lead to a chewy, concentrated, full-bodied palate. A little rustic and overdone. But impressive nonetheless. There's lots of toasty oak--a little less new wood would make this even better. Best after 2013. 500 cases made.

James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2001

91/100

Lots of blackberry, tar and dried flowers. Full-bodied, with a solid core of fruit and a long finish. Chewy. Best after 2010. 330 cases made.

James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
1999

90/100

Supple and caressing, with plenty of violet, berry and cedar character. Medium- to full-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and a long finish. Best after 2005. 335 cases made.

James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
1998

90/100

Very fresh and fruity with refined tannins and a long finish. Medium- to full-bodied, silky texture. Another year of bottle age would bring it together. Best after 2004. 200 cases made.

James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

98/100

A wine that shows so much on the nose with dried-meat, wet-earth and fruit aromas and flavors. Changes all the time. Full body, velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. Superb depth and length. Drink now or hold for as long as you'd like.

James Suckling 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2007

92/100

Shows excellent aromas of plums and light coffee that follow through to a full body, with chewy tannins and a medium finish. A bit more on the finish would take it to a different level. Needs a year or two to soften.

James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
1999

93/100

This is very intense and rich with polished and velvety tannins. Full body, leather, berry and plum character. Hints of chocolate and meat. Drink now.

James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

95+/100

The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is just as magnificent as it was last year. Since then, the 2010 has acquired an extra dimension of finesse it did not show last year. Powerful yet weightless in the style that is typical of the wines of the north, the Riserva exudes energy, tension and depth. Sweet dark cherry, lavender, herbs, mint and tobacco shape this deeply expressive, virile Riserva built on class. The new oak, which was evident last year, has not subsided and is really only evident in the wine's mid-palate sweetness and texture.

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2007

94/100

Canalicchio di Sopra's 2007 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva delivers the goods. A dark, enveloping wine, the Riserva is laced with black stone fruits, scorched earth, smoke, licorice and violets. As always, the style is intense and brooding to the core. In 2007, there is a little more raciness and early appeal to the Riserva than is often the case, but this remains a fairly muscular style of Brunello that will appeal most to readers who enjoy structured wines.

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2006

94/100

The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a big, broad-shouldered wine endowed with tremendous depth and richness. Black cherries, licorice, new leather and tobacco wrap around the palate in this dramatic, sweeping Brunello. Despite the wine's size, there is plenty of nuance and detail. The 2006 needed all of its 40 months in cask. This is a fabulous effort.

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2005

93+/100

The 2005 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is terrific. Freshly cut roses, sweet red fruits, tobacco and licorice emerge gracefully from this refined, utterly impeccable Brunello. Sweet, elegant tannins frame the fruit beautifully through to the finish. The 2005 Riserva remains a typical, mineral-laced, taut wine from the northern district. Its potential for continued positive development in bottle seems excellent. The estate gave the Riserva 40 months in oak.

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

96/100

An absolutely compelling Brunello, Canalicchio's 2004 Riserva is magnificent from the very first taste. Rich and ample on the palate with silky tannins in support, the 2004 Riserva captures the very best qualities of a vintage in which the wines are sensual and finessed to the core. Still very, very young, the 2004 Riserva will drink well for another 20 years or more. Put quite simply, the 2004 Riserva is a knock out. This is a perfect example where the differences between the Brunello and the Riserva are more about stylistic and personal preferences rather than absolute quality.

Antonio Galloni

 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2001

93/100

The 2001 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is in a beautiful spot today, now that the tannins have begun to soften a touch. Bold and broadly sketched, the 2001 Riserva shows the more voluptuous side of the year. This is a classic Canalicchio wine, but with a little more power, ripeness and richness than is often found. Black fruit, smoke, tobacco, licorice and game add the final layers of nuance.

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
1995

94/100

The 1995 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is quite a bit fresher than the straight Brunello bottling. As always, the wines of this era here show an element of rusticity, but within that context, the Riserva is quite pretty and expressive. Still vibrant, the 1995 Riserva will drink well for another decade or so.

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2007

92/100

Tasted next to the 2006, the 2007 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva comes across as relatively soft and easygoing. Ripe, silky tannins provide the framework for layers of expressive fruit in a sophisticated Brunello with plenty of early appeal. I suggest drinking the 2007 while the 2006 ages. Both are fabulous. The 2007 spent six months in 750-liter French oak barrels followed by 36 months in cask. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2022. 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 MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2006

94/100

One of the truly exciting wines of the year, the 2006 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva boasts superb richness, power and depth from start to finish. Cloves, violets, incense, plums, black cherries and menthol all explode from the glass in a virile, towering Brunello endowed with massive structure. Fresh, vibrant and beautifully delineated, this drop-dead gorgeous Riserva has more than enough stuffing to drink well for two decades. The estate gave the 2006 Riserva 42 months in oak, all of which it handled beautifully. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2031. 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 MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2005

93+/100

he 2005 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is terrific. Freshly cut roses, sweet red fruits, tobacco and licorice emerge gracefully from this refined, utterly impeccable Brunello. Sweet, elegant tannins frame the fruit beautifully through to the finish. The 2005 Riserva remains a typical, mineral-laced, taut wine from the northern district. Its potential for continued positive development in bottle seems excellent. The estate gave the Riserva 40 months in oak. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025. This is another solid set of wines from Canalicchio di Sopra – Ripaccioli, an estate that continues to ratchet up quality in a meaningful way.  

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

93+/100

The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is built on a core of elegance and refinement rather than the sheer power that typically characterizes the estate’s wines. This is a sensual, layered Brunello that only gradually reveals its seductive charm. Sweet, silky tannins support a core of ripe dark fruit all the way through to the sublime, delicate finish. Readers looking for a blockbuster 2004 Riserva should look elsewhere, but those in search of the elegant side of Brunello will find much to admire here. That said; the wine gained quite a bit of volume and depth with air, so it will be interesting to see where things go from here. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2024. Canalicchio di Sopra - Ripaccioli seems to be making better and better wines with each passing vintage. The estate’s Rosso and Brunellos are sourced from vineyards in the Canalicchio and Montosoli districts, both on the northern side of Montalcino, and are aged predominantly in cask.  

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2001

91/100

There is something rustic yet deeply satisfying about Canalicchio di Sopra’s highly idiosyncratic Brunellos that makes them compelling to drink. The intense 2001 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is loaded with black cherries, earthiness, tobacco and spices. A dark, brooding, powerful wine, it isn’t especially approachable today, but it should offer terrific drinking with another year or two of bottle age. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2019.  

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
1999

94/100

The 1999 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva made a terrific showing thanks to its all-embracing personality. There’s a real sense of abundance and generosity here that starts with the wine’s richly textured mouthfeel and darkly concentrated appearance. The aromas have certainly moved into the third and final stage of their evolution with smoked bacon and saddle bag but there’s enough pressed fruit and crushed flower to keep it from feeling one-dimensional. The mouthfeel is lean and elegant with surprising focus and clarity. Decant the wine three to four hours prior to serving. Drink: 2014-2028.

Monica Larner

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
1998

91/100

The 1998 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is dark in color, ripe and full on the nose with abundant sensations of caramel, chocolate, and tar, and a rich, firm, ample palate which features plenty of grip and authority on the finish. Drink: 2005-2016. 

Daniel Thomases

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
1997

90/100

The 1997 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a wine that totally took me off guard. I associate Canalicchio di Sopra with a classic, so-called “traditional” style that puts an emphasis on the smallest details like delicate nuances and lithe sensations. This wine is obviously born from a very different mindset, a more powerful vintage. Bold and broad-shouldered, it is packed tight with pressed cherry, anise seed, tar and black licorice. It changes tune slightly in the mouth where it walks with quieter footsteps. This wine is at its peak performance right now and may fade fast. I recommend a shorter decanting. Drink: 2014-2019.

Monica Larner

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

17,5/20

Tasted blind. Very heavy bottle! Lustrous deep ruby with orange rim. Sweet, brooding nose. Fragrant and elegant on the palate with plenty of polished tannins. Very fruit dominated on the finish, for the moment. Huge potential. 

Walter Speller

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2007

15,5/20

Very heavy bottle! Dark, mature-looking ruby. Very slow to emerge from the glass and same reluctance on the palate. Key word is sweet concentration. A little leathery. 

Walter Speller

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2006

16,5/20

Concentrated deep ruby with narrow orange rim. Fruit marked by nutty oak but with real depth and lots of concentration. 

Walter Speller

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2005

16,5/20

Bright red. Ripe red fruits and strong mintiness. Pretty warm and round.  Concentrated and still with sinewy tannins. Very dry - dried fruit - finish. Just a bit awkward. 

Walter Speller

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

18/20

Concentrated maturing ruby with bricky rim. Amazingly fine, perfumed sweet nose with notes of tea leaves and pure cherry. Wonderful precision of fruit on the palate and richly tannic. The Barolo amongst the Brunello? No signs of age yet! Wonderful depth on the finish. 

Walter Speller

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2001

17++/20

Mid-to-dark mature-looking ruby with bright, brickstone rim. Sweet undergrowth, multi-layered dried fruit with some cherry creeping up. Hint of herb liqueur. Supple, full bodied and still a little closed. Sweetly aromatic on a tannic finish. Very slow to open up, and still could do with more time in the bottle. Lots of powdery tannins for the moment but with wonderful fine tangy acidity on the finish. 

Walter Speller

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

94/100

This riserva Brunello delivers a dark and masculine approach with brawny aromas of cured meat, spice, black fruit and prune. Both the density and persistency are impressive and the wine ends with inky concentration and finely textured tannins.

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2006

95/100

Here is a generous, modern and bold expression of Sangiovese Grosso whose soft layers of chocolate and dark cherry fruit help soften the natural acidity and structure of the 2006 vintage. A polished mineral note adds attractive definition on the finish. Tight and very firm; age this wine 10–20 years.

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

93/100

Here's another superstar Brunello Riserva from the excellent 2004 vintage. The aromas are rich and penetrating and recall cherry liqueur, cola, mesquite, cedar, wet earth and pressed violets. The wine's texture is streamlined and compact with polished tannins.

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2015

98/100

The Canalicchio di Sopra 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a beauty. It offers a brilliant interpretation of a warm and sunny vintage from cool, mineral-rich soils in an area with steep shifts between day and nighttime temperatures. This is one of those special wines in which the vintage characteristics fit the territory with the precision of a jigsaw puzzle. The bouquet is fluid and complex with tart cherry fruit, cola, licorice, aniseed and blue flower. That aniseed comes around a second time. The arrangement and order of those aromas changes with each successive swirl of the glass. This Riserva is fermented in stainless steel and aged in Slavonian oak casks for 36 months. Bottle production is shy of 7,000.
- Monica Larner 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2015

95+/100

The 2015 Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a dark and exotic expression of Sangiovese. It pulls you closer to the glass with an alluring display, showing medicinal cherry, plum, a sweet dusting of cinnamon, clove and finally crushed violets. The textures are like pure silk being slowly draped across your palate, offset by tart red and black fruits, as a complex web of acids, minerals and tannins saturate, clamping down toward the close. Structured and tart, as it should be at this youthful phase, the 2015 is still just an infant, with the potential for over a decade’s worth of positive evolution. This year’s Riserva hails from fruit exclusively from the Vigna Vecchia Mercatale vineyard within the Canalicchio cru, and it spends only two extra months in 2,500-liter Slavonian oak casks prior to bottling. Tasted over the course of two days it got better each time I revisited it.
- Eric Guido 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2015

98/100

An opulent red with black-cherry and plum aromas and flavors with undertones of orange peel and porcini mushrooms. It’s full-bodied and layered with depth and intensity throughout. Solid and layered. Very structured. Give this at least three to four years of bottle age. Try after 2024.
- James Suckling 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

95/100

The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a beautifully saturated expression, with gorgeous density and presence. The bouquet is carefully considered in terms of its power and intensity (remember, this was a hot and dry vintage, and ripening was accelerated as a result). It shows lots of varietal character and definition without ever going overboard or feeling too soft or ripe. In fact, this Riserva is surprisingly tonic and firm deep down. It sweeps over the palate with sweet, plush and softly velvety waves of fruity flavors.
- Monica Larner 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

94+/100

Good full red. Clean, focused aromas and ripe flavors of strawberry, blood orange, peppery spices and underbrush. Dense, ripe and savory but virtually weightless, delivering outstanding energy, depth and inner-mouth perfume. There's a lovely core of sweetness here, but the wine stands out today for its savoriness and youthful firmness. Finishes subtle and very long, displaying polished, suave tannins. This is yet another noteworthy 2012 Brunello Riserva.
- Ian D'Agata 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

94/100

Classically styled wine with a spicy and cedary nose as well as dried flowers and a little orange zest. The palate has a very smoothly rendered tannin bed and bright, succulent flavors of dried dark cherries. Pretty structure and depth. Try from 2022.
- James Suckling 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

95/100

This year's Riserva comes from the estate's two oldest vineyards. The north-facing Vigna Vecchia Mercatale makes up the backbone, with the remaining 20% coming from Vigna Casaccia, which will be bottled as a single vineyard Brunello in the future. There is a wild gaminess on the nose, countered by scents of lavender, tobacco and intense balsamic herbs. On the palate, powdery tannins frame compact fruit and the finish reverberates with a captivating minerality.
- Michaela Morris 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

96/100

A ripe, macerated version, displaying plum, cherry, tobacco, earth and spice flavors. A beam of lively acidity in the middle elevates this. Ends with elegance, supporting tannins and fine length. Best from 2022 through 2036. 600 cases made, 200 cases imported. 
- Bruce Sanderson 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2013

97/100

The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a tremendous wine that delivers a deep sense of inner gravity and balance. That, in a nutshell, is the secret of the top-end wines made at the exciting Canalicchio di Sopra estate. The wines made here always exhibit carefully measured balance in the classic vintages (like 2013) and in the difficult years as well. That extreme balance is exactly why you taste the vintage variation with such distinction. This expression from 2013 is remarkably smooth and silky with a steady succession of traditional Sangiovese aromas that span from wild berry, forest floor, wet earth, pressed flower and hints of tangy licorice or aniseed. This is a mid-weight Brunello that glides over the palate with precise, delicate and long lasting waves of intensity. Some 3,185 bottles, 174 magnums and 30 double magnums were made.
- Monica Larner 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2013

93/100

This has tarry aromas with a wealth of ripe black cherries and a dusting of cocoa. The palate has a plush, ripe-berry core, as well as a neat frame of succulent tannins. Good cut and drive here. Drink or hold.
- James Suckling 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2013

93+/100

Deep red. An inviting nose of red cherry, gardenia, lily of the valley, and minerals leads to a creamy, expansive yet ultra-buoyant palate. A hint of salinity complements flavors similar to the aromas adding freshness and extending them on the long finish.
- Ian D'Agata 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2013

97/100

Francesco Ripaccioli only has 11 harvests under his belt but calls 2013 the most beautiful one so far. This is also the first year in which the estate's Riserva comes exclusively from the Montosoli cru. Planted in 1995, these are the oldest vines in their stable. Even more thrilling than the winery's 2012, the 2013 Riserva is a model of precision, exquisite balance and razor-sharp linearity. Dense without being heavy, this is buoyed by vivacious acidity and wrapped in commanding yet fine-grained tannins. It unfolds slowly, revealing notes of mineral, sweet dark earth, rosehip, violet and sage blossom - but it promises even more in the years ahead.
- Michaela Morris 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2013

95/100

Woodland-berry, forest-floor, Mediterranean herb and blue-flower aromas mingle with whiffs of dark spice and leather. Savory and loaded with finesse, the focused palate delivers black cherry, cranberry, baking spice and tobacco set against tightly knit polished tannins. It's balanced, with bright acidity. Drink 2023–2030.
- Kerin 0'Keefe

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2013

18/20

Deep ruby with bricky tinges. Brooding nose hinting at sweet fruit. Monolithic and slow on the palate and with a fantastic balance between concentrated tangy fruit and ripe, gripping tannins. Patience needed.
- Walter Speller 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2013

95/100

This is harmonious, featuring cherry, strawberry, plum and earth flavors that mesh with the supple texture and firm structure. Elements of iron, leather and tobacco emerge as this red stretches out on the tangy finish. Best from 2021 through 2040. 275 cases made, 100 cases imported.
- Bruce Sanserdon 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2015

97/100

From the commitment and efforts made by the Pacenti family, here is an excellent product. Aged 42 months in oak. Density and tautness on the nose: cherry jam, a touch of aromatic herbs, rosemary, ending on the notes of licorice. Compact mouth, iodized tannins with an officinal taste returning on the finish.
- Luca Gardini 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2015

95/100

English
Powerful, sparkling ruby ​​garnet. Slightly restrained nose with finely drawn notes of cherry jam and blackberry, behind it some leather and smoke. Grippy, dense tannin, shows a lot of power, gripping, firm pressure in the end.
- Othmar Kiem, Simon Staffler

Deutsche

Kraftvolles, funkelndes Rubin-Granat. Etwas zurückhaltende Nase mit fein gezeichneten Noten nach Kirschenmarmelade und Brombeere, dahinter etwas Leder und Rauch. Griffiges, dichtmaschiges Tannin, zeigt viel Kraft, zupackend, im Finale fester Druck.
- Othmar Kiem, Simon Staffler

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2015

95/100

This red evokes sweet, ripe fruit in the form of plum and cherry, complemented by accents of leather, almond, earth and autumn woods. The fruit is matched to a dense matrix of tannins, while the aftertaste lingers, echoing both fruit and savory elements. Best from 2024 through 2047.
- Bruce Sanderson 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2015

96/100

In years it's produced, Canalicchio di Sopra crafts its Riserva from a single vineyard of the estate’s oldest vines. In 2015, it hails from Vigna Vecchia Mercatale, which countered the vintage’s warmth with its north-facing, breezy exposure. Opening slowly, it marries lifted liquorice, dried flowers and baking spice with forest undergrowth and leather. There's plenty of character here with a mouthful of dusty red currants and red cherries. Chewy and vigorous, it
really keeps improving in the glass - but I would put it away for a few more years.
Drinking Window 2024 - 2038
- Michaela Morris

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2015

QUATTRO VITI

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2016

97/100

Lovely sweet black cherries and blackberries on the nose with lots of flowers. Full-bodied with fine, dusty tannins that are polished and beautiful. It’s very poised and pretty now, but will deliver so much more with bottle age. Goes on and on. Drink after 2024.
- James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2016

98/100

The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is dark, floral and exotic, even sultry at times, presenting a bouquet of black currant, animal musk and savory, crushed ashen stone. The textures are silky yet dense, showing mineral-webbed woodland berries and balsamic spices. The tannic heft mounts toward the close, penetrating deeply, but with brisk acids to balance. The 2016 is animalistic in nature, yet crystalline and fresh, tapering off structured and incredibly long, leaving licorice and balsam herbs to linger. In 2016, Francesco Ripaccioli decided to use fruit from both the Vigna Vecchia and Mercatale vineyards in the Riserva, which is typically the richer and bolder expression of Brunello at Canalicchio di Sopra, but in 2016, it's totally classic in every possible way. What a glorious wine!
- Eric Guido 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2016

97/100

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2016

100/100

Richness and complexity for a Riserva for years at the top of his category. From Vigna Vecchia Mercatale and Vigna Casaccia, on the skins for 28 days in steel, then at least 42 months in Slavonian oak. Raspberry jam on the nose, salty touches of Taggiasche olives, finish on the notes of rhubarb. Mouth with iodized tannins, persistence and fruity return.
- Luca Gardini 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

Produced only for great vintages and in limited quantities from the oldest vineyards on the estate, it represents the flagship of quality on our estate: an expression of the concepts which we hold most dear at Canalicchio di Sopra - Elegance, Terroir, Depth. At least 80% of the grapes come from a single vineyard: Vigna Vecchia Mercatale. 

Wine type

DOCG

Grape variety

Sangiovese 100%

Altitude

From 283 to 290 masl

Soil type

Soil featuring a prevalent clayey component with considerable mineral content which characterize wines with great sapidity. The clayey component favours wines of great structure. Facing north and subject to eastern winds that favour the exaltation of balsamic aromas typical of the Crù, wines from this vineyard achieve that optimal balance between fruit and acidity, essential requirements for long ageing.

 

Training System

Cordon trained and spur pruned (Spurrend cordon)

Vineyard

Selection of grapes from estate vineyards more than 20 years old

 

Vinification

In steel tanks with fermentation temperature control, daily soft pumping over. Maceration on the skins for 28 days.

Aging

42 months in slavonian Oak casks

First year of production

1987

Alcohol content

14.50%

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

99/100

The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is one of my favorite wines of the year. It gets as close to Brunello perfection as vinously possible. Fruit is sourced exclusively from the estate's oldest vines in the Vigna Vecchia Mercatale vineyard, the oldest Canalicchio cru. The vines were planted in 1987-1988. They are in their prime production years right now. This is first time the Riserva is made exclusively from that site. The depth of this wine is extraordinary. The wine starts with a playful offering of red fruit and cherry. Like many of the wines from this vintage, the bouquet takes a while to arrive at full intensity.
That margin should shorten as the wine continues its cellar aging and evolution. Yet, the slow start to the bouquet is ultimately what drives your interest in this wine. The mouthfeel is exceptional with tannins that are both silky and firm at the same time.
My visit to Canalicchio di Sopra was one of the most complete and satisfying of the Montalcino region. Francesco Ripaccioli offered a tasting of his current releases and a fascinating look at Brunello from the Vigna Casaccia from 2013, 2014 and 2015 (before malolactic fermentation). With the memory of that tasting firmly in mind, I enjoyed a second tasting of his new wines at home. The Canalicchio di Sopra 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is among my top five favorite wines of the vintage joining in the company of Il Marroneto, Casanova di Neri, Pian dell'Orino and Salvioni.

Monica Larner

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

93/100

A dense, plummy style, offering supporting notes of tobacco, underbrush, earth and mineral. Ripe and balanced, with lively acidity and assertive tannins shoring up the finish. Needs some time, but the equilibrium is there. Best from 2019 through 2033. 833 cases made.

Bruce Sanderson

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

18/20 (TOP SCORE FOR THE VINTAGE)

Mid ruby with bright orange tinges. Fine oatmeal and cherry nose. Powerful, fruit-driven palate that is fantastically balanced. Very intense right now but possesses lots of depth and energy and beautifully polished tannins. Drink 2020-2034 Walter Speller

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

96/100 - CELLAR SELECTION

Underbrush, truffle, pressed violet, tilled soil, eucalyptus and mature berry aromas unfold on this structured, elegant red. It is still young and primary, offering red cherry, black raspberry, menthol, licorice and dried herb alongside youthfully austere tannins that need to unwind. This will benefit from another decade of cellaring. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

95/100

Underbrush, tobacco, new leather and chopped herb aromas unfold in the glass. Full bodied and tightly wound, the palate delivers Marasca cherry, pomegranate, licorice and orange zest framed in taut fine-grained tannins. Give this several more years to come around then drink or hold for even more complexity. Drink from 2022 through 2032. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2005

93/100

This is a very pleasurable, smooth and rich Riserva that lavishes layers of chocolate fudge, vanilla bean and bright cherry. Overall, it shows good intensity and smooth consistency.

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2007

93/100

Ripe, lush and polished, this red is fresh and lively, showcasing plum, cherry, leather, spice and chocolate flavors on a sleek frame. Lacks cohesion on the finish for now, but should come together with age. Best from 2016 through 2032.

Bruce Sanderson

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2006

95/100

A dense and powerful red with tight and structured tannins. It's full yet sleek and lean. Very firm and long. A beautiful wine with real greatness. Clarity in the bottle. Drink now, but will improve for years ahead.

James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2005

92/100

This is spicy in style, with vanilla, cedar and clove aromas and flavors accenting a core of cherry and tobacco. In the end, there's a purity to the fruit, but it needs time to find its balance. Structured and long. Best from 2014 through 2027. 420 cases made.

Bruce Sanderson

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

92/100

There's licorice on the nose, with some salt and ripe cherry, in this Brunello, which has very intense aromas that lead to a chewy, concentrated, full-bodied palate. A little rustic and overdone. But impressive nonetheless. There's lots of toasty oak--a little less new wood would make this even better. Best after 2013. 500 cases made.

James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2001

91/100

Lots of blackberry, tar and dried flowers. Full-bodied, with a solid core of fruit and a long finish. Chewy. Best after 2010. 330 cases made.

James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
1999

90/100

Supple and caressing, with plenty of violet, berry and cedar character. Medium- to full-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and a long finish. Best after 2005. 335 cases made.

James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
1998

90/100

Very fresh and fruity with refined tannins and a long finish. Medium- to full-bodied, silky texture. Another year of bottle age would bring it together. Best after 2004. 200 cases made.

James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

98/100

A wine that shows so much on the nose with dried-meat, wet-earth and fruit aromas and flavors. Changes all the time. Full body, velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. Superb depth and length. Drink now or hold for as long as you'd like.

James Suckling 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2007

92/100

Shows excellent aromas of plums and light coffee that follow through to a full body, with chewy tannins and a medium finish. A bit more on the finish would take it to a different level. Needs a year or two to soften.

James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
1999

93/100

This is very intense and rich with polished and velvety tannins. Full body, leather, berry and plum character. Hints of chocolate and meat. Drink now.

James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

95+/100

The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is just as magnificent as it was last year. Since then, the 2010 has acquired an extra dimension of finesse it did not show last year. Powerful yet weightless in the style that is typical of the wines of the north, the Riserva exudes energy, tension and depth. Sweet dark cherry, lavender, herbs, mint and tobacco shape this deeply expressive, virile Riserva built on class. The new oak, which was evident last year, has not subsided and is really only evident in the wine's mid-palate sweetness and texture.

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2007

94/100

Canalicchio di Sopra's 2007 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva delivers the goods. A dark, enveloping wine, the Riserva is laced with black stone fruits, scorched earth, smoke, licorice and violets. As always, the style is intense and brooding to the core. In 2007, there is a little more raciness and early appeal to the Riserva than is often the case, but this remains a fairly muscular style of Brunello that will appeal most to readers who enjoy structured wines.

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2006

94/100

The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a big, broad-shouldered wine endowed with tremendous depth and richness. Black cherries, licorice, new leather and tobacco wrap around the palate in this dramatic, sweeping Brunello. Despite the wine's size, there is plenty of nuance and detail. The 2006 needed all of its 40 months in cask. This is a fabulous effort.

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2005

93+/100

The 2005 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is terrific. Freshly cut roses, sweet red fruits, tobacco and licorice emerge gracefully from this refined, utterly impeccable Brunello. Sweet, elegant tannins frame the fruit beautifully through to the finish. The 2005 Riserva remains a typical, mineral-laced, taut wine from the northern district. Its potential for continued positive development in bottle seems excellent. The estate gave the Riserva 40 months in oak.

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

96/100

An absolutely compelling Brunello, Canalicchio's 2004 Riserva is magnificent from the very first taste. Rich and ample on the palate with silky tannins in support, the 2004 Riserva captures the very best qualities of a vintage in which the wines are sensual and finessed to the core. Still very, very young, the 2004 Riserva will drink well for another 20 years or more. Put quite simply, the 2004 Riserva is a knock out. This is a perfect example where the differences between the Brunello and the Riserva are more about stylistic and personal preferences rather than absolute quality.

Antonio Galloni

 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2001

93/100

The 2001 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is in a beautiful spot today, now that the tannins have begun to soften a touch. Bold and broadly sketched, the 2001 Riserva shows the more voluptuous side of the year. This is a classic Canalicchio wine, but with a little more power, ripeness and richness than is often found. Black fruit, smoke, tobacco, licorice and game add the final layers of nuance.

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
1995

94/100

The 1995 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is quite a bit fresher than the straight Brunello bottling. As always, the wines of this era here show an element of rusticity, but within that context, the Riserva is quite pretty and expressive. Still vibrant, the 1995 Riserva will drink well for another decade or so.

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2007

92/100

Tasted next to the 2006, the 2007 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva comes across as relatively soft and easygoing. Ripe, silky tannins provide the framework for layers of expressive fruit in a sophisticated Brunello with plenty of early appeal. I suggest drinking the 2007 while the 2006 ages. Both are fabulous. The 2007 spent six months in 750-liter French oak barrels followed by 36 months in cask. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2022. 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 MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2006

94/100

One of the truly exciting wines of the year, the 2006 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva boasts superb richness, power and depth from start to finish. Cloves, violets, incense, plums, black cherries and menthol all explode from the glass in a virile, towering Brunello endowed with massive structure. Fresh, vibrant and beautifully delineated, this drop-dead gorgeous Riserva has more than enough stuffing to drink well for two decades. The estate gave the 2006 Riserva 42 months in oak, all of which it handled beautifully. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2031. 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 MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2005

93+/100

he 2005 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is terrific. Freshly cut roses, sweet red fruits, tobacco and licorice emerge gracefully from this refined, utterly impeccable Brunello. Sweet, elegant tannins frame the fruit beautifully through to the finish. The 2005 Riserva remains a typical, mineral-laced, taut wine from the northern district. Its potential for continued positive development in bottle seems excellent. The estate gave the Riserva 40 months in oak. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025. This is another solid set of wines from Canalicchio di Sopra – Ripaccioli, an estate that continues to ratchet up quality in a meaningful way.  

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

93+/100

The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is built on a core of elegance and refinement rather than the sheer power that typically characterizes the estate’s wines. This is a sensual, layered Brunello that only gradually reveals its seductive charm. Sweet, silky tannins support a core of ripe dark fruit all the way through to the sublime, delicate finish. Readers looking for a blockbuster 2004 Riserva should look elsewhere, but those in search of the elegant side of Brunello will find much to admire here. That said; the wine gained quite a bit of volume and depth with air, so it will be interesting to see where things go from here. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2024. Canalicchio di Sopra - Ripaccioli seems to be making better and better wines with each passing vintage. The estate’s Rosso and Brunellos are sourced from vineyards in the Canalicchio and Montosoli districts, both on the northern side of Montalcino, and are aged predominantly in cask.  

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2001

91/100

There is something rustic yet deeply satisfying about Canalicchio di Sopra’s highly idiosyncratic Brunellos that makes them compelling to drink. The intense 2001 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is loaded with black cherries, earthiness, tobacco and spices. A dark, brooding, powerful wine, it isn’t especially approachable today, but it should offer terrific drinking with another year or two of bottle age. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2019.  

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
1999

94/100

The 1999 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva made a terrific showing thanks to its all-embracing personality. There’s a real sense of abundance and generosity here that starts with the wine’s richly textured mouthfeel and darkly concentrated appearance. The aromas have certainly moved into the third and final stage of their evolution with smoked bacon and saddle bag but there’s enough pressed fruit and crushed flower to keep it from feeling one-dimensional. The mouthfeel is lean and elegant with surprising focus and clarity. Decant the wine three to four hours prior to serving. Drink: 2014-2028.

Monica Larner

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
1998

91/100

The 1998 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is dark in color, ripe and full on the nose with abundant sensations of caramel, chocolate, and tar, and a rich, firm, ample palate which features plenty of grip and authority on the finish. Drink: 2005-2016. 

Daniel Thomases

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
1997

90/100

The 1997 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a wine that totally took me off guard. I associate Canalicchio di Sopra with a classic, so-called “traditional” style that puts an emphasis on the smallest details like delicate nuances and lithe sensations. This wine is obviously born from a very different mindset, a more powerful vintage. Bold and broad-shouldered, it is packed tight with pressed cherry, anise seed, tar and black licorice. It changes tune slightly in the mouth where it walks with quieter footsteps. This wine is at its peak performance right now and may fade fast. I recommend a shorter decanting. Drink: 2014-2019.

Monica Larner

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

17,5/20

Tasted blind. Very heavy bottle! Lustrous deep ruby with orange rim. Sweet, brooding nose. Fragrant and elegant on the palate with plenty of polished tannins. Very fruit dominated on the finish, for the moment. Huge potential. 

Walter Speller

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2007

15,5/20

Very heavy bottle! Dark, mature-looking ruby. Very slow to emerge from the glass and same reluctance on the palate. Key word is sweet concentration. A little leathery. 

Walter Speller

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2006

16,5/20

Concentrated deep ruby with narrow orange rim. Fruit marked by nutty oak but with real depth and lots of concentration. 

Walter Speller

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2005

16,5/20

Bright red. Ripe red fruits and strong mintiness. Pretty warm and round.  Concentrated and still with sinewy tannins. Very dry - dried fruit - finish. Just a bit awkward. 

Walter Speller

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

18/20

Concentrated maturing ruby with bricky rim. Amazingly fine, perfumed sweet nose with notes of tea leaves and pure cherry. Wonderful precision of fruit on the palate and richly tannic. The Barolo amongst the Brunello? No signs of age yet! Wonderful depth on the finish. 

Walter Speller

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2001

17++/20

Mid-to-dark mature-looking ruby with bright, brickstone rim. Sweet undergrowth, multi-layered dried fruit with some cherry creeping up. Hint of herb liqueur. Supple, full bodied and still a little closed. Sweetly aromatic on a tannic finish. Very slow to open up, and still could do with more time in the bottle. Lots of powdery tannins for the moment but with wonderful fine tangy acidity on the finish. 

Walter Speller

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2010

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

94/100

This riserva Brunello delivers a dark and masculine approach with brawny aromas of cured meat, spice, black fruit and prune. Both the density and persistency are impressive and the wine ends with inky concentration and finely textured tannins.

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2006

95/100

Here is a generous, modern and bold expression of Sangiovese Grosso whose soft layers of chocolate and dark cherry fruit help soften the natural acidity and structure of the 2006 vintage. A polished mineral note adds attractive definition on the finish. Tight and very firm; age this wine 10–20 years.

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2004

93/100

Here's another superstar Brunello Riserva from the excellent 2004 vintage. The aromas are rich and penetrating and recall cherry liqueur, cola, mesquite, cedar, wet earth and pressed violets. The wine's texture is streamlined and compact with polished tannins.

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2015

98/100

The Canalicchio di Sopra 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a beauty. It offers a brilliant interpretation of a warm and sunny vintage from cool, mineral-rich soils in an area with steep shifts between day and nighttime temperatures. This is one of those special wines in which the vintage characteristics fit the territory with the precision of a jigsaw puzzle. The bouquet is fluid and complex with tart cherry fruit, cola, licorice, aniseed and blue flower. That aniseed comes around a second time. The arrangement and order of those aromas changes with each successive swirl of the glass. This Riserva is fermented in stainless steel and aged in Slavonian oak casks for 36 months. Bottle production is shy of 7,000.
- Monica Larner 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2015

95+/100

The 2015 Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a dark and exotic expression of Sangiovese. It pulls you closer to the glass with an alluring display, showing medicinal cherry, plum, a sweet dusting of cinnamon, clove and finally crushed violets. The textures are like pure silk being slowly draped across your palate, offset by tart red and black fruits, as a complex web of acids, minerals and tannins saturate, clamping down toward the close. Structured and tart, as it should be at this youthful phase, the 2015 is still just an infant, with the potential for over a decade’s worth of positive evolution. This year’s Riserva hails from fruit exclusively from the Vigna Vecchia Mercatale vineyard within the Canalicchio cru, and it spends only two extra months in 2,500-liter Slavonian oak casks prior to bottling. Tasted over the course of two days it got better each time I revisited it.
- Eric Guido 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2015

98/100

An opulent red with black-cherry and plum aromas and flavors with undertones of orange peel and porcini mushrooms. It’s full-bodied and layered with depth and intensity throughout. Solid and layered. Very structured. Give this at least three to four years of bottle age. Try after 2024.
- James Suckling 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

95/100

The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a beautifully saturated expression, with gorgeous density and presence. The bouquet is carefully considered in terms of its power and intensity (remember, this was a hot and dry vintage, and ripening was accelerated as a result). It shows lots of varietal character and definition without ever going overboard or feeling too soft or ripe. In fact, this Riserva is surprisingly tonic and firm deep down. It sweeps over the palate with sweet, plush and softly velvety waves of fruity flavors.
- Monica Larner 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

94+/100

Good full red. Clean, focused aromas and ripe flavors of strawberry, blood orange, peppery spices and underbrush. Dense, ripe and savory but virtually weightless, delivering outstanding energy, depth and inner-mouth perfume. There's a lovely core of sweetness here, but the wine stands out today for its savoriness and youthful firmness. Finishes subtle and very long, displaying polished, suave tannins. This is yet another noteworthy 2012 Brunello Riserva.
- Ian D'Agata 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

94/100

Classically styled wine with a spicy and cedary nose as well as dried flowers and a little orange zest. The palate has a very smoothly rendered tannin bed and bright, succulent flavors of dried dark cherries. Pretty structure and depth. Try from 2022.
- James Suckling 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

95/100

This year's Riserva comes from the estate's two oldest vineyards. The north-facing Vigna Vecchia Mercatale makes up the backbone, with the remaining 20% coming from Vigna Casaccia, which will be bottled as a single vineyard Brunello in the future. There is a wild gaminess on the nose, countered by scents of lavender, tobacco and intense balsamic herbs. On the palate, powdery tannins frame compact fruit and the finish reverberates with a captivating minerality.
- Michaela Morris 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2012

96/100

A ripe, macerated version, displaying plum, cherry, tobacco, earth and spice flavors. A beam of lively acidity in the middle elevates this. Ends with elegance, supporting tannins and fine length. Best from 2022 through 2036. 600 cases made, 200 cases imported. 
- Bruce Sanderson 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2013

97/100

The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a tremendous wine that delivers a deep sense of inner gravity and balance. That, in a nutshell, is the secret of the top-end wines made at the exciting Canalicchio di Sopra estate. The wines made here always exhibit carefully measured balance in the classic vintages (like 2013) and in the difficult years as well. That extreme balance is exactly why you taste the vintage variation with such distinction. This expression from 2013 is remarkably smooth and silky with a steady succession of traditional Sangiovese aromas that span from wild berry, forest floor, wet earth, pressed flower and hints of tangy licorice or aniseed. This is a mid-weight Brunello that glides over the palate with precise, delicate and long lasting waves of intensity. Some 3,185 bottles, 174 magnums and 30 double magnums were made.
- Monica Larner 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2013

93/100

This has tarry aromas with a wealth of ripe black cherries and a dusting of cocoa. The palate has a plush, ripe-berry core, as well as a neat frame of succulent tannins. Good cut and drive here. Drink or hold.
- James Suckling 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2013

93+/100

Deep red. An inviting nose of red cherry, gardenia, lily of the valley, and minerals leads to a creamy, expansive yet ultra-buoyant palate. A hint of salinity complements flavors similar to the aromas adding freshness and extending them on the long finish.
- Ian D'Agata 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2013

97/100

Francesco Ripaccioli only has 11 harvests under his belt but calls 2013 the most beautiful one so far. This is also the first year in which the estate's Riserva comes exclusively from the Montosoli cru. Planted in 1995, these are the oldest vines in their stable. Even more thrilling than the winery's 2012, the 2013 Riserva is a model of precision, exquisite balance and razor-sharp linearity. Dense without being heavy, this is buoyed by vivacious acidity and wrapped in commanding yet fine-grained tannins. It unfolds slowly, revealing notes of mineral, sweet dark earth, rosehip, violet and sage blossom - but it promises even more in the years ahead.
- Michaela Morris 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2013

95/100

Woodland-berry, forest-floor, Mediterranean herb and blue-flower aromas mingle with whiffs of dark spice and leather. Savory and loaded with finesse, the focused palate delivers black cherry, cranberry, baking spice and tobacco set against tightly knit polished tannins. It's balanced, with bright acidity. Drink 2023–2030.
- Kerin 0'Keefe

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2013

18/20

Deep ruby with bricky tinges. Brooding nose hinting at sweet fruit. Monolithic and slow on the palate and with a fantastic balance between concentrated tangy fruit and ripe, gripping tannins. Patience needed.
- Walter Speller 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2013

95/100

This is harmonious, featuring cherry, strawberry, plum and earth flavors that mesh with the supple texture and firm structure. Elements of iron, leather and tobacco emerge as this red stretches out on the tangy finish. Best from 2021 through 2040. 275 cases made, 100 cases imported.
- Bruce Sanserdon 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2015

97/100

From the commitment and efforts made by the Pacenti family, here is an excellent product. Aged 42 months in oak. Density and tautness on the nose: cherry jam, a touch of aromatic herbs, rosemary, ending on the notes of licorice. Compact mouth, iodized tannins with an officinal taste returning on the finish.
- Luca Gardini 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2015

95/100

English
Powerful, sparkling ruby ​​garnet. Slightly restrained nose with finely drawn notes of cherry jam and blackberry, behind it some leather and smoke. Grippy, dense tannin, shows a lot of power, gripping, firm pressure in the end.
- Othmar Kiem, Simon Staffler

Deutsche

Kraftvolles, funkelndes Rubin-Granat. Etwas zurückhaltende Nase mit fein gezeichneten Noten nach Kirschenmarmelade und Brombeere, dahinter etwas Leder und Rauch. Griffiges, dichtmaschiges Tannin, zeigt viel Kraft, zupackend, im Finale fester Druck.
- Othmar Kiem, Simon Staffler

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2015

95/100

This red evokes sweet, ripe fruit in the form of plum and cherry, complemented by accents of leather, almond, earth and autumn woods. The fruit is matched to a dense matrix of tannins, while the aftertaste lingers, echoing both fruit and savory elements. Best from 2024 through 2047.
- Bruce Sanderson 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2015

96/100

In years it's produced, Canalicchio di Sopra crafts its Riserva from a single vineyard of the estate’s oldest vines. In 2015, it hails from Vigna Vecchia Mercatale, which countered the vintage’s warmth with its north-facing, breezy exposure. Opening slowly, it marries lifted liquorice, dried flowers and baking spice with forest undergrowth and leather. There's plenty of character here with a mouthful of dusty red currants and red cherries. Chewy and vigorous, it
really keeps improving in the glass - but I would put it away for a few more years.
Drinking Window 2024 - 2038
- Michaela Morris

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2015

QUATTRO VITI

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2016

97/100

Lovely sweet black cherries and blackberries on the nose with lots of flowers. Full-bodied with fine, dusty tannins that are polished and beautiful. It’s very poised and pretty now, but will deliver so much more with bottle age. Goes on and on. Drink after 2024.
- James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2016

98/100

The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is dark, floral and exotic, even sultry at times, presenting a bouquet of black currant, animal musk and savory, crushed ashen stone. The textures are silky yet dense, showing mineral-webbed woodland berries and balsamic spices. The tannic heft mounts toward the close, penetrating deeply, but with brisk acids to balance. The 2016 is animalistic in nature, yet crystalline and fresh, tapering off structured and incredibly long, leaving licorice and balsam herbs to linger. In 2016, Francesco Ripaccioli decided to use fruit from both the Vigna Vecchia and Mercatale vineyards in the Riserva, which is typically the richer and bolder expression of Brunello at Canalicchio di Sopra, but in 2016, it's totally classic in every possible way. What a glorious wine!
- Eric Guido 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2016

97/100

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
2016

100/100

Richness and complexity for a Riserva for years at the top of his category. From Vigna Vecchia Mercatale and Vigna Casaccia, on the skins for 28 days in steel, then at least 42 months in Slavonian oak. Raspberry jam on the nose, salty touches of Taggiasche olives, finish on the notes of rhubarb. Mouth with iodized tannins, persistence and fruity return.
- Luca Gardini 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

Produced only for great vintages and in limited quantities from the oldest vineyards on the estate, it represents the flagship of quality on our estate: an expression of the concepts which we hold most dear at Canalicchio di Sopra - Elegance, Terroir, Depth. At least 80% of the grapes come from a single vineyard: Vigna Vecchia Mercatale.