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