Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA

Produced mostly from our youngest vineyards, it represents our calling card for Canalicchio di Sopra wines: a young, fruity, and versatile expression of our Sangiovese. The first vintage was produced in 1975 when it was still called Red Wine from Brunello vines.

Wine type

DOC

Grape variety

100% Sangiovese

Altitude

Average altitude of 300 meters above sea level

Soil type

The Rosso di Montalcino "Canalicchio di Sopra" mainly comes from the vinayards located in the Canalicchio Cru, in a soil with marked clay component, very rich in intermediate elements such as magnesium, iron and Manganese. In some vintages a small percentual of the grapes can comes from Montosoli Cru, where the presence of marl guarantees sapidity and minerality.

Training System

Cordon trained and spur pruned

Vinification

In steel vats by controlling the temperature and with daily soft pumping over. Maceration on the skins for 15-20 days

Vineyards

Youngest vineyards located in Canalicchio Cru

Aging

12 months in Slavonian Oak Barrels (50 hl and 25 hl), and French oak barrels (750 liters)

First year of production

1975

Production

32571 Bottles by 750 ml 

381 Bottles by 1500 ml 

Alcohol content

14.50%

Winemaker Notes

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2015

17,5/20

Mid-deep ruby. Concentrated cherry with a whiff of fruit cake. Elegant palate with a medium weight to it and succulent. Generous aromatic finish and beautifully built, firm tannins. Walter Speller

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2011

90/100

The estate’s 2011 Rosso di Montalcino is endowed with serious complexity and character. Tobacco, savory herbs, mint, anise and underbrush are some of the many aromas and flavors found in this Rosso, a wine that stands out for its personality. Rosso is often sold as a mini-Brunello, a label that unfortunately applies to only a small number of wines. Not here. This is a Rosso of unusual pedigree and distinction. I imagine the 2011 will drink well to age ten, perhaps beyond. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2021. Antonio Galloni

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2009

89/100

The 2009 Rosso di Montalcino is a gorgeous wine bursting with dark red fruit. It shows plenty of harmony and fine overall balance. Sweet spices and flowers linger on the warm, radiant finish. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2017. 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

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2008

87/100

The 2008 Rosso di Montalcino is one of the better versions in this tricky vintage. A gorgeous bouquet bristling with Sangiovese aromas leads to red cherries, tobacco and earthiness. There is a plumpness and juiciness I find very attractive here. Some of the wilder, gamier notes typical of Sangiovese come through from time to time, but that notwithstanding, this is a lovely effort. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2013. 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

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2000

87/100

The soft, herbaceous, seductive 2000 Rosso di Montalcino is easy to drink as well as appreciate. It will not make old bones, but for enjoying over the next 2-3 years, this is a round, fruit-driven, cleanly made, charming Rosso. Robert M. Parker Jr.

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2015

90/100

Sweet, ripe cherry, spice, licorice and leather flavors course through the fleshy texture in this red. Balanced, with a dense matrix of tannins and fine length. Drink now through 2022. 3,500 cases made. Bruce Sanderson

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2014

89/100

Canalicchio di Sopra completes three rounds of bottling for this wine (in October, January and March). I tasted samples of the 2014 Rosso di Montalcino from both the first two rounds. This vintage saw a big Rosso di Montalcino production, as much of the fruit that may have been selected for the Brunello was put here instead. The wine is really very good and should offer great value for those looking for a delicious taste of Sangiovese in this difficult vintage. It is thick, bright and loaded with cherry and blueberry flavors. Considering the many challenges of the growing season, this estate has created a wonderfully fresh and forthcoming red wine. Monica Larner

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2013

88+/100

The 2013 Rosso di Montalcino shows soft tones of red cherry, wet earth, raspberry and blanched almond. There's a great sense of tightness and energy here that you don't get with many of the other Rosso wines of this warm vintage. The wine is aged one year, in both French and Slavonian oak respectively. There's isn't much heft in the mouth, but you get just enough to pair with egg fettuccine with butter and grated Parmigiano. Monica Larner

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2012

87/100

The 2012 Rosso di Montalcino is representative of an estate that has always taken great care to safeguard this often overlooked relative of Brunello. Having said that, the 2012 does not quiet live up to the fabulous 2011 Rosso - a wine I found immensely enjoyable. This is a deep and nicely saturated Rosso with ripe notes of spice, dark cherry, blackberry and distant hints of smoked bacon that fill in the rear. It's relatively straightforward (it macerates on the skins for 15 days and later ages for 12 months in oak cask) with soft layers of fresh fruit. Drink: 2014-2018. Monica Larner

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2010

90/100

This wine is a bright, plump and succulent expression of Sangiovese Grosso, showing easy, crisp structure enhanced by bold aromas of plum, leather and spice. There's a silky, fine nature to the polished tannins.

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2015

(REDS) -FINAL FOR THE 3 RED GLASSES / ROSSI - FINALE 3 BICCHIERI

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2014

89/100

Enticing scents of red berry, white pepper, chopped herb and purple flower take center stage on this vibrant red. The luminous palate doles out tart cherry, crushed raspberry and a hint of star anise while racy acidity and polished tannins provide support. Drink through 2017. KERIN O’KEEFE

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2012

88/100

This warm Rosso starts with aromas of toast, woodland berries and cake spices. The juicy palate offers dense black cherry accented with notes of vanilla, mocha and clove alongside assertive tannins. Enjoy it soon. KERIN O’KEEFE

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2011

90/100

This spicy rosso combines structure with sheer drinkability. It offers a beautiful bouquet of rose, violet and strawberry, while the palate reveals ripe black cherry, white pepper, tea and cinnamon flavors wrapped up in silky tannins. This is easily drinkable now, and best enjoyed young. KERIN O’KEEFE

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2008

88/100

You could easily pair this food-friendly Rosso di Montalcino with roasted chicken with rosemary potatoes and garlic. The nose here is bright and penetrating with earthy notes, mineral tones and loads of bright berry fruit. The mouthfeel is smooth and there's a touch of cherry sweetness as well.

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2018

92/100

This is a terrific wine that is one big step above your standard Rosso and one tiny step below your standard Brunello. The Canalicchio di Sopra 2018 Rosso di Montalcino is a fresh and versatile wine. The 2018 vintage was cool and had more rainfall than average. Windy conditions dried and helped to concentrate the fruit right before harvest. This wine is made from a selection of the estate's youngest vines, with about 90% of the fruit coming from the Canalicchio area and 10% from Montosoli. I had a glass with a delicious plate of vegetarian lasagna. This wine moves across the palate with steely precision, breaking up any cheese, butter or olive oil flavors along the way. It offers a snappy, lean to medium-weight drinking style with lots of freshness and enough texture to withstand some near-term cellar aging. This Rosso was bottled in November 2019 and released in January 2020. Not counting large format bottles, some 40,800 regular-sized bottles were produced. 
- Monica Larner 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2018

93/100

Vibrant red. Flinty red berries, violet and spices dominate the knockout nose. Then very pure, boasting a steely core of red fruit and floral flavors that linger impressively on the refined finish. One of the best Rossos of the vintage.
- Ian D'Agata 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2018

90/100

Riper and straightforward for a 2018 with a medium body, good fruit and a plum and light toffee aftertaste. Hint of juicy tannin at the end. Drink now.
- James Suckling 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2018

90/100

Sourced from the estate’s youngest vines and aged in a combination of large-format Slavonian oak casks and small French oak barrels. A delightful, mid-weight red with strawberry, red cherry, Mediterranean herbs and underlying black tea. Crunchy and carried by lively, refreshing acidity. Recently bottled, this needs a few months to come together.
- Michaela Morris 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2016

93+/100

This is a terrific new release from Canalicchio di Sopra that arrived just as we were going to print. The 2016 Rosso di Montalcino opens to an extraordinary nose that is tart and sweet, fruity and spicy all at once. The wine is so full and generous, it almost comes out of left field. I guarantee that you would not recognize it as a Rosso in a blind tasting. The mouthfeel is tight, compact and slightly sour or bitter, but the energy generated from all the volume on the bouquet is enough to win your heart and mind. This is one of the best Rossos I have ever tried. It's a super deal (some 22,300 were made) so grab a bottle before it disappears.
- Monica Larner 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2016

91+/100

The 2016 Rosso di Montalcino is a fabulous wine that could very well turn out to be even better than this note suggests once it softens a bit. A rush of sweet tobacco, licorice, black cherry, menthol and dark spice infuse this dark, potent Rosso with tons of character. Big yet well-integrated tannins suggest the 2016 will enjoy a long life in the cellar. In a word: superb!
- Antonio Galloni 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2016

92/100

A fruity Rosso di Montalcino with notes of blueberry tart, violets, dried basil and thyme. The palate shows some excellent structure, supported by quite muscular tannins and guided along a line of fresh acidity to a medium-chewy finish. Drink in 2020.
- James Suckling 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2016

17.5/20

Deep ruby. Reluctant and tight, yet classy nose with hints of oatmeal. Tightly wound and embryonic on the palate with a layer of sandy tannins. Great balance but needs at least another year in the bottle. 
- Wlater Speller 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2016

90/100

A mix of rose, strawberry and cherry flavors, this red is supple and elegant, with enough structure for balance. Firm finish. Drink now through 2021. 1,800 cases made, 800 cases imported.
- Bruce Sanderson 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2017

91/100

Canalicchio di Sopra pays special attention to its lower-end wines. I always like to point this out to readers in the search for great value from Tuscany. The 2017 Rosso di Montalcino is an immediate and enticing expression with soft layers of ripe cherry and black fruit. The wine is soft and velvety in texture with easy endnotes of cherry confit and crème de cassis. This is a great food wine. Some 25,675 bottles and 762 magnums were made.
- Monica Larner 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2017

90/100

The 2017 Rosso di Montalcino is positively gorgeous. Rich, racy and beautifully perfumed, the 2017 captures all of the radiance of the year in a mid-weight style that is hugely appealing. Even with all of its intensity, the 2017 offers terrific freshness. This is such an arrestingly beautiful wine.
- Antonio Galloni 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2017

92/100

There’s really good ripeness to this Rosso di Montalcino with orange rind, raspberries and spices, as well as undertones of tobacco. Real depth to the firm tannins and a medium-chewy finish. Drink now.
- James Suckling 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2017

17+/20

Mid ruby with the beginning of orange. Fine concentrated nose with minerally hints. Concentrated, almost plush fruit on the palate with muscular tannins and completely integrated acidity that peeks up on the finish. Very impressive and ideally should get an additional year in bottle
- Walter Speller 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2019

91+/100

The 2019 Rosso di Montalcino requires a bit of time to blossom in the glass; yet patience is rewarded, as an air of smoky minerals and peppery herbs slowly evolves into a perfumed display of wild strawberries, rose hips and flowery undergrowth. This is soft and supple, seeming almost fleshy at first, yet it gains harmony through a savory mix of mineral-tinged red berries and spices. A subtle film of fine tannin lingers, yet the mouth waters for more, as this literally buzzes with residual energy while inner florals slowly fade.
- Eric Guido 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2019

94/100

Da uve sangiovese, matura almeno 6 mesi in botte. Rubino cupo. Al naso marasca e frutti scuri di bella intensità. Tannino fine, succoso e con una progressione avvincente ed equilibrata e un finale in buona corrispondenza olfattiva.
- Riccardo Silla Viscardi, Stefania Vinciguerra

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2019

93/100

Sensuale ed accattivante questo giovane rosso offre note di tiglio, magnolia, ibisco ed acacia ben fuse a sentori di lamponi, ribes e ciliegie disidratate. Corpo medio-pieno, tannini rotondi estremamente polimerizzati ed un finale solido e compatto. Che bello. Uno dei migliori Rosso di Montalcino nella splendida annata 2019. Bevi ora.
- Raffaele Vecchione

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2019

92/100

Sweet cherries and berries with some walnut and orange peel. Medium-bodied, fresh and vivid. Lightly bitter finish. Drink now.
- James Suckling

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA

Produced mostly from our youngest vineyards, it represents our calling card for Canalicchio di Sopra wines: a young, fruity, and versatile expression of our Sangiovese. The first vintage was produced in 1975 when it was still called Red Wine from Brunello vines.

Wine type

DOC

Grape variety

100% Sangiovese

Altitude

Average altitude of 300 meters above sea level

Soil type

The Rosso di Montalcino "Canalicchio di Sopra" mainly comes from the vinayards located in the Canalicchio Cru, in a soil with marked clay component, very rich in intermediate elements such as magnesium, iron and Manganese. In some vintages a small percentual of the grapes can comes from Montosoli Cru, where the presence of marl guarantees sapidity and minerality.

Training System

Cordon trained and spur pruned

Vinification

In steel vats by controlling the temperature and with daily soft pumping over. Maceration on the skins for 15-20 days

Vineyards

Youngest vineyards located in Canalicchio Cru

Aging

12 months in Slavonian Oak Barrels (50 hl and 25 hl), and French oak barrels (750 liters)

First year of production

1975

Production

45434 Bottles by 750 ml 

1016 Bottles by 1500 ml 

Alcohol content

14.50%

Winemaker Notes

PURITY OF FRUIT:

The 2019 “Canalicchio di Sopra” Rosso di Montalcino DOC celebrates the intensity of a generous vintage in a more immediate and enjoyable version. 2019 was a year of great maturation where the balance of the grapes was guaranteed by steady and balanced weather conditions thus creating the requirements for a great maturation. The purity of the fruit expresses itself in a pronounced and bold way with a surprising youthfulness reminiscent of the vinosity and concentration of the vintage. The youngest vineyards used for this Rosso di Montalcino along with a small selection from the oldest vineyards guaranteed all the exuberance of this vintage, which, together with the freshness and well-balanced acidity, make for a greatly pleasant union.

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2015

17,5/20

Mid-deep ruby. Concentrated cherry with a whiff of fruit cake. Elegant palate with a medium weight to it and succulent. Generous aromatic finish and beautifully built, firm tannins. Walter Speller

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2011

90/100

The estate’s 2011 Rosso di Montalcino is endowed with serious complexity and character. Tobacco, savory herbs, mint, anise and underbrush are some of the many aromas and flavors found in this Rosso, a wine that stands out for its personality. Rosso is often sold as a mini-Brunello, a label that unfortunately applies to only a small number of wines. Not here. This is a Rosso of unusual pedigree and distinction. I imagine the 2011 will drink well to age ten, perhaps beyond. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2021. Antonio Galloni

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2009

89/100

The 2009 Rosso di Montalcino is a gorgeous wine bursting with dark red fruit. It shows plenty of harmony and fine overall balance. Sweet spices and flowers linger on the warm, radiant finish. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2017. 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

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2008

87/100

The 2008 Rosso di Montalcino is one of the better versions in this tricky vintage. A gorgeous bouquet bristling with Sangiovese aromas leads to red cherries, tobacco and earthiness. There is a plumpness and juiciness I find very attractive here. Some of the wilder, gamier notes typical of Sangiovese come through from time to time, but that notwithstanding, this is a lovely effort. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2013. 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

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2000

87/100

The soft, herbaceous, seductive 2000 Rosso di Montalcino is easy to drink as well as appreciate. It will not make old bones, but for enjoying over the next 2-3 years, this is a round, fruit-driven, cleanly made, charming Rosso. Robert M. Parker Jr.

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2015

90/100

Sweet, ripe cherry, spice, licorice and leather flavors course through the fleshy texture in this red. Balanced, with a dense matrix of tannins and fine length. Drink now through 2022. 3,500 cases made. Bruce Sanderson

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2014

89/100

Canalicchio di Sopra completes three rounds of bottling for this wine (in October, January and March). I tasted samples of the 2014 Rosso di Montalcino from both the first two rounds. This vintage saw a big Rosso di Montalcino production, as much of the fruit that may have been selected for the Brunello was put here instead. The wine is really very good and should offer great value for those looking for a delicious taste of Sangiovese in this difficult vintage. It is thick, bright and loaded with cherry and blueberry flavors. Considering the many challenges of the growing season, this estate has created a wonderfully fresh and forthcoming red wine. Monica Larner

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2013

88+/100

The 2013 Rosso di Montalcino shows soft tones of red cherry, wet earth, raspberry and blanched almond. There's a great sense of tightness and energy here that you don't get with many of the other Rosso wines of this warm vintage. The wine is aged one year, in both French and Slavonian oak respectively. There's isn't much heft in the mouth, but you get just enough to pair with egg fettuccine with butter and grated Parmigiano. Monica Larner

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2012

87/100

The 2012 Rosso di Montalcino is representative of an estate that has always taken great care to safeguard this often overlooked relative of Brunello. Having said that, the 2012 does not quiet live up to the fabulous 2011 Rosso - a wine I found immensely enjoyable. This is a deep and nicely saturated Rosso with ripe notes of spice, dark cherry, blackberry and distant hints of smoked bacon that fill in the rear. It's relatively straightforward (it macerates on the skins for 15 days and later ages for 12 months in oak cask) with soft layers of fresh fruit. Drink: 2014-2018. Monica Larner

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2010

90/100

This wine is a bright, plump and succulent expression of Sangiovese Grosso, showing easy, crisp structure enhanced by bold aromas of plum, leather and spice. There's a silky, fine nature to the polished tannins.

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2015

(REDS) -FINAL FOR THE 3 RED GLASSES / ROSSI - FINALE 3 BICCHIERI

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2014

89/100

Enticing scents of red berry, white pepper, chopped herb and purple flower take center stage on this vibrant red. The luminous palate doles out tart cherry, crushed raspberry and a hint of star anise while racy acidity and polished tannins provide support. Drink through 2017. KERIN O’KEEFE

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2012

88/100

This warm Rosso starts with aromas of toast, woodland berries and cake spices. The juicy palate offers dense black cherry accented with notes of vanilla, mocha and clove alongside assertive tannins. Enjoy it soon. KERIN O’KEEFE

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2011

90/100

This spicy rosso combines structure with sheer drinkability. It offers a beautiful bouquet of rose, violet and strawberry, while the palate reveals ripe black cherry, white pepper, tea and cinnamon flavors wrapped up in silky tannins. This is easily drinkable now, and best enjoyed young. KERIN O’KEEFE

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2008

88/100

You could easily pair this food-friendly Rosso di Montalcino with roasted chicken with rosemary potatoes and garlic. The nose here is bright and penetrating with earthy notes, mineral tones and loads of bright berry fruit. The mouthfeel is smooth and there's a touch of cherry sweetness as well.

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2018

92/100

This is a terrific wine that is one big step above your standard Rosso and one tiny step below your standard Brunello. The Canalicchio di Sopra 2018 Rosso di Montalcino is a fresh and versatile wine. The 2018 vintage was cool and had more rainfall than average. Windy conditions dried and helped to concentrate the fruit right before harvest. This wine is made from a selection of the estate's youngest vines, with about 90% of the fruit coming from the Canalicchio area and 10% from Montosoli. I had a glass with a delicious plate of vegetarian lasagna. This wine moves across the palate with steely precision, breaking up any cheese, butter or olive oil flavors along the way. It offers a snappy, lean to medium-weight drinking style with lots of freshness and enough texture to withstand some near-term cellar aging. This Rosso was bottled in November 2019 and released in January 2020. Not counting large format bottles, some 40,800 regular-sized bottles were produced. 
- Monica Larner 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2018

93/100

Vibrant red. Flinty red berries, violet and spices dominate the knockout nose. Then very pure, boasting a steely core of red fruit and floral flavors that linger impressively on the refined finish. One of the best Rossos of the vintage.
- Ian D'Agata 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2018

90/100

Riper and straightforward for a 2018 with a medium body, good fruit and a plum and light toffee aftertaste. Hint of juicy tannin at the end. Drink now.
- James Suckling 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2018

90/100

Sourced from the estate’s youngest vines and aged in a combination of large-format Slavonian oak casks and small French oak barrels. A delightful, mid-weight red with strawberry, red cherry, Mediterranean herbs and underlying black tea. Crunchy and carried by lively, refreshing acidity. Recently bottled, this needs a few months to come together.
- Michaela Morris 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2016

93+/100

This is a terrific new release from Canalicchio di Sopra that arrived just as we were going to print. The 2016 Rosso di Montalcino opens to an extraordinary nose that is tart and sweet, fruity and spicy all at once. The wine is so full and generous, it almost comes out of left field. I guarantee that you would not recognize it as a Rosso in a blind tasting. The mouthfeel is tight, compact and slightly sour or bitter, but the energy generated from all the volume on the bouquet is enough to win your heart and mind. This is one of the best Rossos I have ever tried. It's a super deal (some 22,300 were made) so grab a bottle before it disappears.
- Monica Larner 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2016

91+/100

The 2016 Rosso di Montalcino is a fabulous wine that could very well turn out to be even better than this note suggests once it softens a bit. A rush of sweet tobacco, licorice, black cherry, menthol and dark spice infuse this dark, potent Rosso with tons of character. Big yet well-integrated tannins suggest the 2016 will enjoy a long life in the cellar. In a word: superb!
- Antonio Galloni 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2016

92/100

A fruity Rosso di Montalcino with notes of blueberry tart, violets, dried basil and thyme. The palate shows some excellent structure, supported by quite muscular tannins and guided along a line of fresh acidity to a medium-chewy finish. Drink in 2020.
- James Suckling 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2016

17.5/20

Deep ruby. Reluctant and tight, yet classy nose with hints of oatmeal. Tightly wound and embryonic on the palate with a layer of sandy tannins. Great balance but needs at least another year in the bottle. 
- Wlater Speller 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2016

90/100

A mix of rose, strawberry and cherry flavors, this red is supple and elegant, with enough structure for balance. Firm finish. Drink now through 2021. 1,800 cases made, 800 cases imported.
- Bruce Sanderson 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2017

91/100

Canalicchio di Sopra pays special attention to its lower-end wines. I always like to point this out to readers in the search for great value from Tuscany. The 2017 Rosso di Montalcino is an immediate and enticing expression with soft layers of ripe cherry and black fruit. The wine is soft and velvety in texture with easy endnotes of cherry confit and crème de cassis. This is a great food wine. Some 25,675 bottles and 762 magnums were made.
- Monica Larner 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2017

90/100

The 2017 Rosso di Montalcino is positively gorgeous. Rich, racy and beautifully perfumed, the 2017 captures all of the radiance of the year in a mid-weight style that is hugely appealing. Even with all of its intensity, the 2017 offers terrific freshness. This is such an arrestingly beautiful wine.
- Antonio Galloni 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2017

92/100

There’s really good ripeness to this Rosso di Montalcino with orange rind, raspberries and spices, as well as undertones of tobacco. Real depth to the firm tannins and a medium-chewy finish. Drink now.
- James Suckling 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2017

17+/20

Mid ruby with the beginning of orange. Fine concentrated nose with minerally hints. Concentrated, almost plush fruit on the palate with muscular tannins and completely integrated acidity that peeks up on the finish. Very impressive and ideally should get an additional year in bottle
- Walter Speller 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2019

91+/100

The 2019 Rosso di Montalcino requires a bit of time to blossom in the glass; yet patience is rewarded, as an air of smoky minerals and peppery herbs slowly evolves into a perfumed display of wild strawberries, rose hips and flowery undergrowth. This is soft and supple, seeming almost fleshy at first, yet it gains harmony through a savory mix of mineral-tinged red berries and spices. A subtle film of fine tannin lingers, yet the mouth waters for more, as this literally buzzes with residual energy while inner florals slowly fade.
- Eric Guido 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2019

94/100

Da uve sangiovese, matura almeno 6 mesi in botte. Rubino cupo. Al naso marasca e frutti scuri di bella intensità. Tannino fine, succoso e con una progressione avvincente ed equilibrata e un finale in buona corrispondenza olfattiva.
- Riccardo Silla Viscardi, Stefania Vinciguerra

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2019

93/100

Sensuale ed accattivante questo giovane rosso offre note di tiglio, magnolia, ibisco ed acacia ben fuse a sentori di lamponi, ribes e ciliegie disidratate. Corpo medio-pieno, tannini rotondi estremamente polimerizzati ed un finale solido e compatto. Che bello. Uno dei migliori Rosso di Montalcino nella splendida annata 2019. Bevi ora.
- Raffaele Vecchione

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2019

92/100

Sweet cherries and berries with some walnut and orange peel. Medium-bodied, fresh and vivid. Lightly bitter finish. Drink now.
- James Suckling

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA

Produced mostly from our youngest vineyards, it represents our calling card for Canalicchio di Sopra wines: a young, fruity, and versatile expression of our Sangiovese. The first vintage was produced in 1975 when it was still called Red Wine from Brunello vines.

Wine type

DOC

Grape variety

100% Sangiovese

Altitude

Average altitude of 300 meters above sea level

Soil type

The Rosso di Montalcino "Canalicchio di Sopra" mainly comes from the vinayards located in the Canalicchio Cru, in a soil with marked clay component, very rich in intermediate elements such as magnesium, iron and Manganese. In some vintages a small percentual of the grapes can comes from Montosoli Cru, where the presence of marl guarantees sapidity and minerality.

Training System

Cordon trained and spur pruned

Vinification

In steel vats by controlling the temperature and with daily soft pumping over. Maceration on the skins for 15-20 days

Vineyards

Youngest vineyards located in Canalicchio Cru

Aging

12 months in Slavonian Oak Barrels (50 hl and 25 hl), and French oak barrels (750 liters)

First year of production

1975

Production

37745 Bottles by 750 ML
1016 Bottles by 1500 ML
36 Bottles by 3000 ML

Alcohol content

14,00%

Winemaker Notes

FRESHNESS

The Rosso di Montalcino Doc 2018 "Canalicchio di Sopra" is the result of a cool and slightly rainy vintage that saw the arrival of winds from the north in the final part of the season which guaranteed excellent ripening and helped to concentrate the fruit while leaving the identity of a vintage of extreme elegance and length on the wines. From a vintage like this comes an extremely territorial wine characterized by a marked floreality. Acidity and minerality are the balancing pivots of this wine which due to its characteristics is an extremely gastronomic wine, and with great aging potential, especially in large formats.
Freshness, versatility, vibration, silkiness, length: these are the words to describe this wine

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2015

17,5/20

Mid-deep ruby. Concentrated cherry with a whiff of fruit cake. Elegant palate with a medium weight to it and succulent. Generous aromatic finish and beautifully built, firm tannins. Walter Speller

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2011

90/100

The estate’s 2011 Rosso di Montalcino is endowed with serious complexity and character. Tobacco, savory herbs, mint, anise and underbrush are some of the many aromas and flavors found in this Rosso, a wine that stands out for its personality. Rosso is often sold as a mini-Brunello, a label that unfortunately applies to only a small number of wines. Not here. This is a Rosso of unusual pedigree and distinction. I imagine the 2011 will drink well to age ten, perhaps beyond. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2021. Antonio Galloni

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2009

89/100

The 2009 Rosso di Montalcino is a gorgeous wine bursting with dark red fruit. It shows plenty of harmony and fine overall balance. Sweet spices and flowers linger on the warm, radiant finish. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2017. 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

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2008

87/100

The 2008 Rosso di Montalcino is one of the better versions in this tricky vintage. A gorgeous bouquet bristling with Sangiovese aromas leads to red cherries, tobacco and earthiness. There is a plumpness and juiciness I find very attractive here. Some of the wilder, gamier notes typical of Sangiovese come through from time to time, but that notwithstanding, this is a lovely effort. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2013. 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

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2000

87/100

The soft, herbaceous, seductive 2000 Rosso di Montalcino is easy to drink as well as appreciate. It will not make old bones, but for enjoying over the next 2-3 years, this is a round, fruit-driven, cleanly made, charming Rosso. Robert M. Parker Jr.

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2015

90/100

Sweet, ripe cherry, spice, licorice and leather flavors course through the fleshy texture in this red. Balanced, with a dense matrix of tannins and fine length. Drink now through 2022. 3,500 cases made. Bruce Sanderson

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2014

89/100

Canalicchio di Sopra completes three rounds of bottling for this wine (in October, January and March). I tasted samples of the 2014 Rosso di Montalcino from both the first two rounds. This vintage saw a big Rosso di Montalcino production, as much of the fruit that may have been selected for the Brunello was put here instead. The wine is really very good and should offer great value for those looking for a delicious taste of Sangiovese in this difficult vintage. It is thick, bright and loaded with cherry and blueberry flavors. Considering the many challenges of the growing season, this estate has created a wonderfully fresh and forthcoming red wine. Monica Larner

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2013

88+/100

The 2013 Rosso di Montalcino shows soft tones of red cherry, wet earth, raspberry and blanched almond. There's a great sense of tightness and energy here that you don't get with many of the other Rosso wines of this warm vintage. The wine is aged one year, in both French and Slavonian oak respectively. There's isn't much heft in the mouth, but you get just enough to pair with egg fettuccine with butter and grated Parmigiano. Monica Larner

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2012

87/100

The 2012 Rosso di Montalcino is representative of an estate that has always taken great care to safeguard this often overlooked relative of Brunello. Having said that, the 2012 does not quiet live up to the fabulous 2011 Rosso - a wine I found immensely enjoyable. This is a deep and nicely saturated Rosso with ripe notes of spice, dark cherry, blackberry and distant hints of smoked bacon that fill in the rear. It's relatively straightforward (it macerates on the skins for 15 days and later ages for 12 months in oak cask) with soft layers of fresh fruit. Drink: 2014-2018. Monica Larner

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2010

90/100

This wine is a bright, plump and succulent expression of Sangiovese Grosso, showing easy, crisp structure enhanced by bold aromas of plum, leather and spice. There's a silky, fine nature to the polished tannins.

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2015

(REDS) -FINAL FOR THE 3 RED GLASSES / ROSSI - FINALE 3 BICCHIERI

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2014

89/100

Enticing scents of red berry, white pepper, chopped herb and purple flower take center stage on this vibrant red. The luminous palate doles out tart cherry, crushed raspberry and a hint of star anise while racy acidity and polished tannins provide support. Drink through 2017. KERIN O’KEEFE

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2012

88/100

This warm Rosso starts with aromas of toast, woodland berries and cake spices. The juicy palate offers dense black cherry accented with notes of vanilla, mocha and clove alongside assertive tannins. Enjoy it soon. KERIN O’KEEFE

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2011

90/100

This spicy rosso combines structure with sheer drinkability. It offers a beautiful bouquet of rose, violet and strawberry, while the palate reveals ripe black cherry, white pepper, tea and cinnamon flavors wrapped up in silky tannins. This is easily drinkable now, and best enjoyed young. KERIN O’KEEFE

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2008

88/100

You could easily pair this food-friendly Rosso di Montalcino with roasted chicken with rosemary potatoes and garlic. The nose here is bright and penetrating with earthy notes, mineral tones and loads of bright berry fruit. The mouthfeel is smooth and there's a touch of cherry sweetness as well.

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2018

92/100

This is a terrific wine that is one big step above your standard Rosso and one tiny step below your standard Brunello. The Canalicchio di Sopra 2018 Rosso di Montalcino is a fresh and versatile wine. The 2018 vintage was cool and had more rainfall than average. Windy conditions dried and helped to concentrate the fruit right before harvest. This wine is made from a selection of the estate's youngest vines, with about 90% of the fruit coming from the Canalicchio area and 10% from Montosoli. I had a glass with a delicious plate of vegetarian lasagna. This wine moves across the palate with steely precision, breaking up any cheese, butter or olive oil flavors along the way. It offers a snappy, lean to medium-weight drinking style with lots of freshness and enough texture to withstand some near-term cellar aging. This Rosso was bottled in November 2019 and released in January 2020. Not counting large format bottles, some 40,800 regular-sized bottles were produced. 
- Monica Larner 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2018

93/100

Vibrant red. Flinty red berries, violet and spices dominate the knockout nose. Then very pure, boasting a steely core of red fruit and floral flavors that linger impressively on the refined finish. One of the best Rossos of the vintage.
- Ian D'Agata 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2018

90/100

Riper and straightforward for a 2018 with a medium body, good fruit and a plum and light toffee aftertaste. Hint of juicy tannin at the end. Drink now.
- James Suckling 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2018

90/100

Sourced from the estate’s youngest vines and aged in a combination of large-format Slavonian oak casks and small French oak barrels. A delightful, mid-weight red with strawberry, red cherry, Mediterranean herbs and underlying black tea. Crunchy and carried by lively, refreshing acidity. Recently bottled, this needs a few months to come together.
- Michaela Morris 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2016

93+/100

This is a terrific new release from Canalicchio di Sopra that arrived just as we were going to print. The 2016 Rosso di Montalcino opens to an extraordinary nose that is tart and sweet, fruity and spicy all at once. The wine is so full and generous, it almost comes out of left field. I guarantee that you would not recognize it as a Rosso in a blind tasting. The mouthfeel is tight, compact and slightly sour or bitter, but the energy generated from all the volume on the bouquet is enough to win your heart and mind. This is one of the best Rossos I have ever tried. It's a super deal (some 22,300 were made) so grab a bottle before it disappears.
- Monica Larner 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2016

91+/100

The 2016 Rosso di Montalcino is a fabulous wine that could very well turn out to be even better than this note suggests once it softens a bit. A rush of sweet tobacco, licorice, black cherry, menthol and dark spice infuse this dark, potent Rosso with tons of character. Big yet well-integrated tannins suggest the 2016 will enjoy a long life in the cellar. In a word: superb!
- Antonio Galloni 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2016

92/100

A fruity Rosso di Montalcino with notes of blueberry tart, violets, dried basil and thyme. The palate shows some excellent structure, supported by quite muscular tannins and guided along a line of fresh acidity to a medium-chewy finish. Drink in 2020.
- James Suckling 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2016

17.5/20

Deep ruby. Reluctant and tight, yet classy nose with hints of oatmeal. Tightly wound and embryonic on the palate with a layer of sandy tannins. Great balance but needs at least another year in the bottle. 
- Wlater Speller 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2016

90/100

A mix of rose, strawberry and cherry flavors, this red is supple and elegant, with enough structure for balance. Firm finish. Drink now through 2021. 1,800 cases made, 800 cases imported.
- Bruce Sanderson 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2017

91/100

Canalicchio di Sopra pays special attention to its lower-end wines. I always like to point this out to readers in the search for great value from Tuscany. The 2017 Rosso di Montalcino is an immediate and enticing expression with soft layers of ripe cherry and black fruit. The wine is soft and velvety in texture with easy endnotes of cherry confit and crème de cassis. This is a great food wine. Some 25,675 bottles and 762 magnums were made.
- Monica Larner 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2017

90/100

The 2017 Rosso di Montalcino is positively gorgeous. Rich, racy and beautifully perfumed, the 2017 captures all of the radiance of the year in a mid-weight style that is hugely appealing. Even with all of its intensity, the 2017 offers terrific freshness. This is such an arrestingly beautiful wine.
- Antonio Galloni 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2017

92/100

There’s really good ripeness to this Rosso di Montalcino with orange rind, raspberries and spices, as well as undertones of tobacco. Real depth to the firm tannins and a medium-chewy finish. Drink now.
- James Suckling 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2017

17+/20

Mid ruby with the beginning of orange. Fine concentrated nose with minerally hints. Concentrated, almost plush fruit on the palate with muscular tannins and completely integrated acidity that peeks up on the finish. Very impressive and ideally should get an additional year in bottle
- Walter Speller 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2019

91+/100

The 2019 Rosso di Montalcino requires a bit of time to blossom in the glass; yet patience is rewarded, as an air of smoky minerals and peppery herbs slowly evolves into a perfumed display of wild strawberries, rose hips and flowery undergrowth. This is soft and supple, seeming almost fleshy at first, yet it gains harmony through a savory mix of mineral-tinged red berries and spices. A subtle film of fine tannin lingers, yet the mouth waters for more, as this literally buzzes with residual energy while inner florals slowly fade.
- Eric Guido 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2019

94/100

Da uve sangiovese, matura almeno 6 mesi in botte. Rubino cupo. Al naso marasca e frutti scuri di bella intensità. Tannino fine, succoso e con una progressione avvincente ed equilibrata e un finale in buona corrispondenza olfattiva.
- Riccardo Silla Viscardi, Stefania Vinciguerra

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2019

93/100

Sensuale ed accattivante questo giovane rosso offre note di tiglio, magnolia, ibisco ed acacia ben fuse a sentori di lamponi, ribes e ciliegie disidratate. Corpo medio-pieno, tannini rotondi estremamente polimerizzati ed un finale solido e compatto. Che bello. Uno dei migliori Rosso di Montalcino nella splendida annata 2019. Bevi ora.
- Raffaele Vecchione

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2019

92/100

Sweet cherries and berries with some walnut and orange peel. Medium-bodied, fresh and vivid. Lightly bitter finish. Drink now.
- James Suckling

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA

Produced mostly from our youngest vineyards, it represents our calling card for Canalicchio di Sopra wines: a young, fruity, and versatile expression of our Sangiovese. The first vintage was produced in 1975 when it was still called Red Wine from Brunello vines.

Wine type

DOC

Grape variety

100% Sangiovese

Altitude

Average altitude of 300 meters above sea level

Soil type

The Rosso di Montalcino "Canalicchio di Sopra" mainly comes from the vinayards located in the Canalicchio Cru, in a soil with marked clay component, very rich in intermediate elements such as magnesium, iron and Manganese. In some vintages a small percentual of the grapes can comes from Montosoli Cru, where the presence of marl guarantees sapidity and minerality.

Training System

Cordon trained and spur pruned

Vinification

In steel vats by controlling the temperature and with daily soft pumping over. Maceration on the skins for 15-20 days

Vineyards

Youngest vineyards located in Canalicchio Cru

Aging

12 months in Slavonian Oak Barrels (50 hl and 25 hl), and French oak barrels (750 liters)

First year of production

1975

Production

26857 Bottles by 750 ml; 127 Bottles by 1500 ml

Alcohol content

14.50%

Winemaker Notes

THE CHALLENGE OF FRESHNESS

In a dry and hot year, the biggest challenge is to maintain the enjoyability, freshness, and purity of the fruit without being marked by oxidized notes which the heat and dry conditions may emphasize. This was our main goal trying to balance the exuberance of the roundness with good acidity as well as silky and enveloping tannins, definitely fruit of this vintage, without being affected by the vintage’s limiting weather conditions. The goal was achieved through a careful selection both in the vineyards and cellar on our sorting tables in order to eliminate the grapes which had suffered the most. We strived to reach our primary goal for our Rosso di Montalcino which is the ongoing quest for enjoyability along a most arduous and complicated path without ever compromising quality.

Vintage Conditions

From a climactic point of view, 2017 can be defined as very similar to 2012 regarding the weather conditions, where these extremes have certainly become its strong point in terms of pleasantness, opulence, and readiness to drink. The springtime saw mild temperatures with little rainfall which resulted in an early bud burst and flowering. The early summer months were very hot with above average temperatures and without rainfall. On one hand, this situation is ideal for plant health with the absence of plant disease; on the other hand, it is of great stress on the vines, which heartily withstood these conditions thanks to the abundant water reserves accumulated after the 2016 harvest, especially in the more clayey terrain of the Canalicchio Cru.

 Between the end of July and the end of August, there was heavy rainfall, fundamental in generating that necessary push for a good veraison, rain that was average in a normal year for a total of 30mm. The grapes were very small in size with a great concentration, and the rain in addition to a drop in below average temperatures allowed for a uniform and balanced veraison creating the base for an early harvest, which was not as early as we had thought in July when the heat and dry conditions were compromising the vines.

 The 30mm of rain on September 1 and the 30mm of rain on September 16, the cooling temperatures, and the considerable diurnal temperature range were the turning point in quality of this vintage, factors which did not result in harvesting too early and which did not affect the acidity too much. The acidity remained balanced and relatively high to support the structure, concentration, and alcohol content, guaranteeing balance and elegance in the wines.

 The harvest took place during the regular time of year precisely thanks to these weather conditions in September, starting on September 25 and finishing on October 6.

 We carried out a double selection in the vineyard as well as in the cellar on sorting tables to eliminate any imperfections of grapes that had been dried up by the sun in June and July and which would have brought astringency to the tannins and bitterness to the fruit. This selection most certainly influenced the quantity of the harvest for our winery, but it allowed us to maintain our high standards of quality.

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2015

17,5/20

Mid-deep ruby. Concentrated cherry with a whiff of fruit cake. Elegant palate with a medium weight to it and succulent. Generous aromatic finish and beautifully built, firm tannins. Walter Speller

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2011

90/100

The estate’s 2011 Rosso di Montalcino is endowed with serious complexity and character. Tobacco, savory herbs, mint, anise and underbrush are some of the many aromas and flavors found in this Rosso, a wine that stands out for its personality. Rosso is often sold as a mini-Brunello, a label that unfortunately applies to only a small number of wines. Not here. This is a Rosso of unusual pedigree and distinction. I imagine the 2011 will drink well to age ten, perhaps beyond. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2021. Antonio Galloni

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2009

89/100

The 2009 Rosso di Montalcino is a gorgeous wine bursting with dark red fruit. It shows plenty of harmony and fine overall balance. Sweet spices and flowers linger on the warm, radiant finish. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2017. 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

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2008

87/100

The 2008 Rosso di Montalcino is one of the better versions in this tricky vintage. A gorgeous bouquet bristling with Sangiovese aromas leads to red cherries, tobacco and earthiness. There is a plumpness and juiciness I find very attractive here. Some of the wilder, gamier notes typical of Sangiovese come through from time to time, but that notwithstanding, this is a lovely effort. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2013. 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

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2000

87/100

The soft, herbaceous, seductive 2000 Rosso di Montalcino is easy to drink as well as appreciate. It will not make old bones, but for enjoying over the next 2-3 years, this is a round, fruit-driven, cleanly made, charming Rosso. Robert M. Parker Jr.

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2015

90/100

Sweet, ripe cherry, spice, licorice and leather flavors course through the fleshy texture in this red. Balanced, with a dense matrix of tannins and fine length. Drink now through 2022. 3,500 cases made. Bruce Sanderson

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2014

89/100

Canalicchio di Sopra completes three rounds of bottling for this wine (in October, January and March). I tasted samples of the 2014 Rosso di Montalcino from both the first two rounds. This vintage saw a big Rosso di Montalcino production, as much of the fruit that may have been selected for the Brunello was put here instead. The wine is really very good and should offer great value for those looking for a delicious taste of Sangiovese in this difficult vintage. It is thick, bright and loaded with cherry and blueberry flavors. Considering the many challenges of the growing season, this estate has created a wonderfully fresh and forthcoming red wine. Monica Larner

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2013

88+/100

The 2013 Rosso di Montalcino shows soft tones of red cherry, wet earth, raspberry and blanched almond. There's a great sense of tightness and energy here that you don't get with many of the other Rosso wines of this warm vintage. The wine is aged one year, in both French and Slavonian oak respectively. There's isn't much heft in the mouth, but you get just enough to pair with egg fettuccine with butter and grated Parmigiano. Monica Larner

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2012

87/100

The 2012 Rosso di Montalcino is representative of an estate that has always taken great care to safeguard this often overlooked relative of Brunello. Having said that, the 2012 does not quiet live up to the fabulous 2011 Rosso - a wine I found immensely enjoyable. This is a deep and nicely saturated Rosso with ripe notes of spice, dark cherry, blackberry and distant hints of smoked bacon that fill in the rear. It's relatively straightforward (it macerates on the skins for 15 days and later ages for 12 months in oak cask) with soft layers of fresh fruit. Drink: 2014-2018. Monica Larner

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2010

90/100

This wine is a bright, plump and succulent expression of Sangiovese Grosso, showing easy, crisp structure enhanced by bold aromas of plum, leather and spice. There's a silky, fine nature to the polished tannins.

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2015

(REDS) -FINAL FOR THE 3 RED GLASSES / ROSSI - FINALE 3 BICCHIERI

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2014

89/100

Enticing scents of red berry, white pepper, chopped herb and purple flower take center stage on this vibrant red. The luminous palate doles out tart cherry, crushed raspberry and a hint of star anise while racy acidity and polished tannins provide support. Drink through 2017. KERIN O’KEEFE

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2012

88/100

This warm Rosso starts with aromas of toast, woodland berries and cake spices. The juicy palate offers dense black cherry accented with notes of vanilla, mocha and clove alongside assertive tannins. Enjoy it soon. KERIN O’KEEFE

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2011

90/100

This spicy rosso combines structure with sheer drinkability. It offers a beautiful bouquet of rose, violet and strawberry, while the palate reveals ripe black cherry, white pepper, tea and cinnamon flavors wrapped up in silky tannins. This is easily drinkable now, and best enjoyed young. KERIN O’KEEFE

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2008

88/100

You could easily pair this food-friendly Rosso di Montalcino with roasted chicken with rosemary potatoes and garlic. The nose here is bright and penetrating with earthy notes, mineral tones and loads of bright berry fruit. The mouthfeel is smooth and there's a touch of cherry sweetness as well.

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2018

92/100

This is a terrific wine that is one big step above your standard Rosso and one tiny step below your standard Brunello. The Canalicchio di Sopra 2018 Rosso di Montalcino is a fresh and versatile wine. The 2018 vintage was cool and had more rainfall than average. Windy conditions dried and helped to concentrate the fruit right before harvest. This wine is made from a selection of the estate's youngest vines, with about 90% of the fruit coming from the Canalicchio area and 10% from Montosoli. I had a glass with a delicious plate of vegetarian lasagna. This wine moves across the palate with steely precision, breaking up any cheese, butter or olive oil flavors along the way. It offers a snappy, lean to medium-weight drinking style with lots of freshness and enough texture to withstand some near-term cellar aging. This Rosso was bottled in November 2019 and released in January 2020. Not counting large format bottles, some 40,800 regular-sized bottles were produced. 
- Monica Larner 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2018

93/100

Vibrant red. Flinty red berries, violet and spices dominate the knockout nose. Then very pure, boasting a steely core of red fruit and floral flavors that linger impressively on the refined finish. One of the best Rossos of the vintage.
- Ian D'Agata 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2018

90/100

Riper and straightforward for a 2018 with a medium body, good fruit and a plum and light toffee aftertaste. Hint of juicy tannin at the end. Drink now.
- James Suckling 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2018

90/100

Sourced from the estate’s youngest vines and aged in a combination of large-format Slavonian oak casks and small French oak barrels. A delightful, mid-weight red with strawberry, red cherry, Mediterranean herbs and underlying black tea. Crunchy and carried by lively, refreshing acidity. Recently bottled, this needs a few months to come together.
- Michaela Morris 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2016

93+/100

This is a terrific new release from Canalicchio di Sopra that arrived just as we were going to print. The 2016 Rosso di Montalcino opens to an extraordinary nose that is tart and sweet, fruity and spicy all at once. The wine is so full and generous, it almost comes out of left field. I guarantee that you would not recognize it as a Rosso in a blind tasting. The mouthfeel is tight, compact and slightly sour or bitter, but the energy generated from all the volume on the bouquet is enough to win your heart and mind. This is one of the best Rossos I have ever tried. It's a super deal (some 22,300 were made) so grab a bottle before it disappears.
- Monica Larner 

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2016

91+/100

The 2016 Rosso di Montalcino is a fabulous wine that could very well turn out to be even better than this note suggests once it softens a bit. A rush of sweet tobacco, licorice, black cherry, menthol and dark spice infuse this dark, potent Rosso with tons of character. Big yet well-integrated tannins suggest the 2016 will enjoy a long life in the cellar. In a word: superb!
- Antonio Galloni 

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2016

92/100

A fruity Rosso di Montalcino with notes of blueberry tart, violets, dried basil and thyme. The palate shows some excellent structure, supported by quite muscular tannins and guided along a line of fresh acidity to a medium-chewy finish. Drink in 2020.
- James Suckling 

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2016

17.5/20

Deep ruby. Reluctant and tight, yet classy nose with hints of oatmeal. Tightly wound and embryonic on the palate with a layer of sandy tannins. Great balance but needs at least another year in the bottle. 
- Wlater Speller 

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2016

90/100

A mix of rose, strawberry and cherry flavors, this red is supple and elegant, with enough structure for balance. Firm finish. Drink now through 2021. 1,800 cases made, 800 cases imported.
- Bruce Sanderson 

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2017

91/100

Canalicchio di Sopra pays special attention to its lower-end wines. I always like to point this out to readers in the search for great value from Tuscany. The 2017 Rosso di Montalcino is an immediate and enticing expression with soft layers of ripe cherry and black fruit. The wine is soft and velvety in texture with easy endnotes of cherry confit and crème de cassis. This is a great food wine. Some 25,675 bottles and 762 magnums were made.
- Monica Larner 

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2017

90/100

The 2017 Rosso di Montalcino is positively gorgeous. Rich, racy and beautifully perfumed, the 2017 captures all of the radiance of the year in a mid-weight style that is hugely appealing. Even with all of its intensity, the 2017 offers terrific freshness. This is such an arrestingly beautiful wine.
- Antonio Galloni 

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2017

92/100

There’s really good ripeness to this Rosso di Montalcino with orange rind, raspberries and spices, as well as undertones of tobacco. Real depth to the firm tannins and a medium-chewy finish. Drink now.
- James Suckling 

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2017

17+/20

Mid ruby with the beginning of orange. Fine concentrated nose with minerally hints. Concentrated, almost plush fruit on the palate with muscular tannins and completely integrated acidity that peeks up on the finish. Very impressive and ideally should get an additional year in bottle
- Walter Speller 

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2019

91+/100

The 2019 Rosso di Montalcino requires a bit of time to blossom in the glass; yet patience is rewarded, as an air of smoky minerals and peppery herbs slowly evolves into a perfumed display of wild strawberries, rose hips and flowery undergrowth. This is soft and supple, seeming almost fleshy at first, yet it gains harmony through a savory mix of mineral-tinged red berries and spices. A subtle film of fine tannin lingers, yet the mouth waters for more, as this literally buzzes with residual energy while inner florals slowly fade.
- Eric Guido 

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2019

94/100

Da uve sangiovese, matura almeno 6 mesi in botte. Rubino cupo. Al naso marasca e frutti scuri di bella intensità. Tannino fine, succoso e con una progressione avvincente ed equilibrata e un finale in buona corrispondenza olfattiva.
- Riccardo Silla Viscardi, Stefania Vinciguerra

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2019

93/100

Sensuale ed accattivante questo giovane rosso offre note di tiglio, magnolia, ibisco ed acacia ben fuse a sentori di lamponi, ribes e ciliegie disidratate. Corpo medio-pieno, tannini rotondi estremamente polimerizzati ed un finale solido e compatto. Che bello. Uno dei migliori Rosso di Montalcino nella splendida annata 2019. Bevi ora.
- Raffaele Vecchione

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2019

92/100

Sweet cherries and berries with some walnut and orange peel. Medium-bodied, fresh and vivid. Lightly bitter finish. Drink now.
- James Suckling

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Produced mostly from our youngest vineyards, it represents our calling card for Canalicchio di Sopra wines: a young, fruity, and versatile expression of our Sangiovese. The first vintage was produced in 1975 when it was still called Red Wine from Brunello vines.

Wine type

DOC

Grape variety

100% Sangiovese

Altitude

Average altitude of 300 meters above sea level

Soil type

The Rosso di Montalcino "Canalicchio di Sopra" mainly comes from the vinayards located in the Canalicchio Cru, in a soil with marked clay component, very rich in intermediate elements such as magnesium, iron and Manganese. In some vintages a small percentual of the grapes can comes from Montosoli Cru, where the presence of marl guarantees sapidity and minerality.

Training System

Cordon trained and spur pruned

Vinification

In steel vats by controlling the temperature and with daily soft pumping over. Maceration on the skins for 15-20 days

Vineyards

Youngest vineyards located in Canalicchio Cru

Aging

12 months in Slavonian Oak Barrels (50 hl and 25 hl), and French oak barrels (750 liters)

First year of production

1975

Production

22248 Bottles by 750 ml; 889 Bottles by 1500 ml

Alcohol content

14.50%

Winemaker Notes

The calling card of a Great Vintage

For Italy and for Montalcino, 2016 epitomizes one of those vintages that everyone can agree upon: a generous vintage in which the favourable growing season produced quantity and quality at very high levels giving the grapes those necessary characteristics to make great wines.

As happens in great vintages, we have decided to produce our Rosso di Montalcino only from our youngest vineyards leaving the grapes in vineyards that are over ten years old to age further in oak barrels for Brunello di Montalcino.

Wines that are more ready come from the youngest vineyards, and they need a shorter ageing period, but, at the same time, they are able to bring all the special qualities of the vintage into the bottle.

“Canalicchio di Sopra” Rosso di Montalcino DOC 2016 offers a preview of the extraordinary qualities of this vintage: a vintage with a great finish, elegance, and character that expresses itself in freshness, elegance, and depth, capable of giving that pleasant sensation of ageing potential even in such a wine as Rosso di Montalcino.

Remaining loyal to our concept that the Rosso di Montalcino embodies the calling card of our winery, we wanted to create a more immediate and versatile anticipation of our Sangiovese 2016 without altering its main qualities.

Vintage Conditions

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.

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2015

17,5/20

Mid-deep ruby. Concentrated cherry with a whiff of fruit cake. Elegant palate with a medium weight to it and succulent. Generous aromatic finish and beautifully built, firm tannins. Walter Speller

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2011

90/100

The estate’s 2011 Rosso di Montalcino is endowed with serious complexity and character. Tobacco, savory herbs, mint, anise and underbrush are some of the many aromas and flavors found in this Rosso, a wine that stands out for its personality. Rosso is often sold as a mini-Brunello, a label that unfortunately applies to only a small number of wines. Not here. This is a Rosso of unusual pedigree and distinction. I imagine the 2011 will drink well to age ten, perhaps beyond. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2021. Antonio Galloni

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2009

89/100

The 2009 Rosso di Montalcino is a gorgeous wine bursting with dark red fruit. It shows plenty of harmony and fine overall balance. Sweet spices and flowers linger on the warm, radiant finish. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2017. 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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2008

87/100

The 2008 Rosso di Montalcino is one of the better versions in this tricky vintage. A gorgeous bouquet bristling with Sangiovese aromas leads to red cherries, tobacco and earthiness. There is a plumpness and juiciness I find very attractive here. Some of the wilder, gamier notes typical of Sangiovese come through from time to time, but that notwithstanding, this is a lovely effort. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2013. 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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2000

87/100

The soft, herbaceous, seductive 2000 Rosso di Montalcino is easy to drink as well as appreciate. It will not make old bones, but for enjoying over the next 2-3 years, this is a round, fruit-driven, cleanly made, charming Rosso. Robert M. Parker Jr.

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2015

90/100

Sweet, ripe cherry, spice, licorice and leather flavors course through the fleshy texture in this red. Balanced, with a dense matrix of tannins and fine length. Drink now through 2022. 3,500 cases made. Bruce Sanderson

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2014

89/100

Canalicchio di Sopra completes three rounds of bottling for this wine (in October, January and March). I tasted samples of the 2014 Rosso di Montalcino from both the first two rounds. This vintage saw a big Rosso di Montalcino production, as much of the fruit that may have been selected for the Brunello was put here instead. The wine is really very good and should offer great value for those looking for a delicious taste of Sangiovese in this difficult vintage. It is thick, bright and loaded with cherry and blueberry flavors. Considering the many challenges of the growing season, this estate has created a wonderfully fresh and forthcoming red wine. Monica Larner

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2013

88+/100

The 2013 Rosso di Montalcino shows soft tones of red cherry, wet earth, raspberry and blanched almond. There's a great sense of tightness and energy here that you don't get with many of the other Rosso wines of this warm vintage. The wine is aged one year, in both French and Slavonian oak respectively. There's isn't much heft in the mouth, but you get just enough to pair with egg fettuccine with butter and grated Parmigiano. Monica Larner

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2012

87/100

The 2012 Rosso di Montalcino is representative of an estate that has always taken great care to safeguard this often overlooked relative of Brunello. Having said that, the 2012 does not quiet live up to the fabulous 2011 Rosso - a wine I found immensely enjoyable. This is a deep and nicely saturated Rosso with ripe notes of spice, dark cherry, blackberry and distant hints of smoked bacon that fill in the rear. It's relatively straightforward (it macerates on the skins for 15 days and later ages for 12 months in oak cask) with soft layers of fresh fruit. Drink: 2014-2018. Monica Larner

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2010

90/100

This wine is a bright, plump and succulent expression of Sangiovese Grosso, showing easy, crisp structure enhanced by bold aromas of plum, leather and spice. There's a silky, fine nature to the polished tannins.

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2015

(REDS) -FINAL FOR THE 3 RED GLASSES / ROSSI - FINALE 3 BICCHIERI

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2014

89/100

Enticing scents of red berry, white pepper, chopped herb and purple flower take center stage on this vibrant red. The luminous palate doles out tart cherry, crushed raspberry and a hint of star anise while racy acidity and polished tannins provide support. Drink through 2017. KERIN O’KEEFE

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2012

88/100

This warm Rosso starts with aromas of toast, woodland berries and cake spices. The juicy palate offers dense black cherry accented with notes of vanilla, mocha and clove alongside assertive tannins. Enjoy it soon. KERIN O’KEEFE

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2011

90/100

This spicy rosso combines structure with sheer drinkability. It offers a beautiful bouquet of rose, violet and strawberry, while the palate reveals ripe black cherry, white pepper, tea and cinnamon flavors wrapped up in silky tannins. This is easily drinkable now, and best enjoyed young. KERIN O’KEEFE

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2008

88/100

You could easily pair this food-friendly Rosso di Montalcino with roasted chicken with rosemary potatoes and garlic. The nose here is bright and penetrating with earthy notes, mineral tones and loads of bright berry fruit. The mouthfeel is smooth and there's a touch of cherry sweetness as well.

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2018

92/100

This is a terrific wine that is one big step above your standard Rosso and one tiny step below your standard Brunello. The Canalicchio di Sopra 2018 Rosso di Montalcino is a fresh and versatile wine. The 2018 vintage was cool and had more rainfall than average. Windy conditions dried and helped to concentrate the fruit right before harvest. This wine is made from a selection of the estate's youngest vines, with about 90% of the fruit coming from the Canalicchio area and 10% from Montosoli. I had a glass with a delicious plate of vegetarian lasagna. This wine moves across the palate with steely precision, breaking up any cheese, butter or olive oil flavors along the way. It offers a snappy, lean to medium-weight drinking style with lots of freshness and enough texture to withstand some near-term cellar aging. This Rosso was bottled in November 2019 and released in January 2020. Not counting large format bottles, some 40,800 regular-sized bottles were produced. 
- Monica Larner 

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2018

93/100

Vibrant red. Flinty red berries, violet and spices dominate the knockout nose. Then very pure, boasting a steely core of red fruit and floral flavors that linger impressively on the refined finish. One of the best Rossos of the vintage.
- Ian D'Agata 

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2018

90/100

Riper and straightforward for a 2018 with a medium body, good fruit and a plum and light toffee aftertaste. Hint of juicy tannin at the end. Drink now.
- James Suckling 

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2018

90/100

Sourced from the estate’s youngest vines and aged in a combination of large-format Slavonian oak casks and small French oak barrels. A delightful, mid-weight red with strawberry, red cherry, Mediterranean herbs and underlying black tea. Crunchy and carried by lively, refreshing acidity. Recently bottled, this needs a few months to come together.
- Michaela Morris 

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2016

93+/100

This is a terrific new release from Canalicchio di Sopra that arrived just as we were going to print. The 2016 Rosso di Montalcino opens to an extraordinary nose that is tart and sweet, fruity and spicy all at once. The wine is so full and generous, it almost comes out of left field. I guarantee that you would not recognize it as a Rosso in a blind tasting. The mouthfeel is tight, compact and slightly sour or bitter, but the energy generated from all the volume on the bouquet is enough to win your heart and mind. This is one of the best Rossos I have ever tried. It's a super deal (some 22,300 were made) so grab a bottle before it disappears.
- Monica Larner 

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2016

91+/100

The 2016 Rosso di Montalcino is a fabulous wine that could very well turn out to be even better than this note suggests once it softens a bit. A rush of sweet tobacco, licorice, black cherry, menthol and dark spice infuse this dark, potent Rosso with tons of character. Big yet well-integrated tannins suggest the 2016 will enjoy a long life in the cellar. In a word: superb!
- Antonio Galloni 

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2016

92/100

A fruity Rosso di Montalcino with notes of blueberry tart, violets, dried basil and thyme. The palate shows some excellent structure, supported by quite muscular tannins and guided along a line of fresh acidity to a medium-chewy finish. Drink in 2020.
- James Suckling 

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2016

17.5/20

Deep ruby. Reluctant and tight, yet classy nose with hints of oatmeal. Tightly wound and embryonic on the palate with a layer of sandy tannins. Great balance but needs at least another year in the bottle. 
- Wlater Speller 

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2016

90/100

A mix of rose, strawberry and cherry flavors, this red is supple and elegant, with enough structure for balance. Firm finish. Drink now through 2021. 1,800 cases made, 800 cases imported.
- Bruce Sanderson 

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2017

91/100

Canalicchio di Sopra pays special attention to its lower-end wines. I always like to point this out to readers in the search for great value from Tuscany. The 2017 Rosso di Montalcino is an immediate and enticing expression with soft layers of ripe cherry and black fruit. The wine is soft and velvety in texture with easy endnotes of cherry confit and crème de cassis. This is a great food wine. Some 25,675 bottles and 762 magnums were made.
- Monica Larner 

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2017

90/100

The 2017 Rosso di Montalcino is positively gorgeous. Rich, racy and beautifully perfumed, the 2017 captures all of the radiance of the year in a mid-weight style that is hugely appealing. Even with all of its intensity, the 2017 offers terrific freshness. This is such an arrestingly beautiful wine.
- Antonio Galloni 

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2017

92/100

There’s really good ripeness to this Rosso di Montalcino with orange rind, raspberries and spices, as well as undertones of tobacco. Real depth to the firm tannins and a medium-chewy finish. Drink now.
- James Suckling 

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2017

17+/20

Mid ruby with the beginning of orange. Fine concentrated nose with minerally hints. Concentrated, almost plush fruit on the palate with muscular tannins and completely integrated acidity that peeks up on the finish. Very impressive and ideally should get an additional year in bottle
- Walter Speller 

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2019

91+/100

The 2019 Rosso di Montalcino requires a bit of time to blossom in the glass; yet patience is rewarded, as an air of smoky minerals and peppery herbs slowly evolves into a perfumed display of wild strawberries, rose hips and flowery undergrowth. This is soft and supple, seeming almost fleshy at first, yet it gains harmony through a savory mix of mineral-tinged red berries and spices. A subtle film of fine tannin lingers, yet the mouth waters for more, as this literally buzzes with residual energy while inner florals slowly fade.
- Eric Guido 

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2019

94/100

Da uve sangiovese, matura almeno 6 mesi in botte. Rubino cupo. Al naso marasca e frutti scuri di bella intensità. Tannino fine, succoso e con una progressione avvincente ed equilibrata e un finale in buona corrispondenza olfattiva.
- Riccardo Silla Viscardi, Stefania Vinciguerra

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2019

93/100

Sensuale ed accattivante questo giovane rosso offre note di tiglio, magnolia, ibisco ed acacia ben fuse a sentori di lamponi, ribes e ciliegie disidratate. Corpo medio-pieno, tannini rotondi estremamente polimerizzati ed un finale solido e compatto. Che bello. Uno dei migliori Rosso di Montalcino nella splendida annata 2019. Bevi ora.
- Raffaele Vecchione

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2019

92/100

Sweet cherries and berries with some walnut and orange peel. Medium-bodied, fresh and vivid. Lightly bitter finish. Drink now.
- James Suckling

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Produced mostly from our youngest vineyards, it represents our calling card for Canalicchio di Sopra wines: a young, fruity, and versatile expression of our Sangiovese. The first vintage was produced in 1975 when it was still called Red Wine from Brunello vines.

Wine type

DOC

Grape variety

100% Sangiovese

Altitude

Average altitude of 300 meters above sea level

Soil type

The Rosso di Montalcino "Canalicchio di Sopra" mainly comes from the vinayards located in the Canalicchio Cru, in a soil with marked clay component, very rich in intermediate elements such as magnesium, iron and Manganese. In some vintages a small percentual of the grapes can comes from Montosoli Cru, where the presence of marl guarantees sapidity and minerality.

Training System

Cordon trained and spur pruned

Vinification

In steel vats by controlling the temperature and with daily soft pumping over. Maceration on the skins for 15-20 days

Vineyards

Youngest vineyards located in Canalicchio Cru

Aging

12 months in Slavonian Oak Barrels (50 hl and 25 hl), and French oak barrels (750 liters)

First year of production

1975

Production

666 bottles (375 ml); 18689 bottles (750 ml); 889 bottles (1500 ml)

Alcohol content

14.50%

Vintage climate

2015 is one of those vintages that can be defined as perfect climatically speaking. The regularity of the season was characterized by a basically hot climate that also featured exemplary diurnal temperature ranges. The rain, never excessive but enough to balance the vines, came in crucial moments of the growing cycle making 2015 a perfect year from an agronomic point of view.

Winemaker Notes

2015 can be considered a perfect vintage where Sangiovese succeeds in uniting the characteristics of freshness with those of power and concentration just as can only be done in Montalcino. As for all great vintages, we have decided to produce our Rosso di Montalcino from the youngest vineyards only, leaving the grapes in the vineyards that are over 10 years old to age a few more years in oak barrels in order to produce “Canalicchio di Sopra” Brunello di Montalcino and our Riserva. The youngest vineyards have a greater abundance of fruit and sweeter and silkier tannins even after a year of ageing in wood: for this reason, they are best expressed in Rosso di Montalcino. 2015 comes as an important Rosso di Montalcino in its structure and concentration, characteristics that may bring Brunello to mind. Tannic sweetness and depth are the characteristics of this Rosso di Montalcino, which will remain one of the most important versions ever produced at our winery

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2015

17,5/20

Mid-deep ruby. Concentrated cherry with a whiff of fruit cake. Elegant palate with a medium weight to it and succulent. Generous aromatic finish and beautifully built, firm tannins. Walter Speller

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2011

90/100

The estate’s 2011 Rosso di Montalcino is endowed with serious complexity and character. Tobacco, savory herbs, mint, anise and underbrush are some of the many aromas and flavors found in this Rosso, a wine that stands out for its personality. Rosso is often sold as a mini-Brunello, a label that unfortunately applies to only a small number of wines. Not here. This is a Rosso of unusual pedigree and distinction. I imagine the 2011 will drink well to age ten, perhaps beyond. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2021. Antonio Galloni

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2009

89/100

The 2009 Rosso di Montalcino is a gorgeous wine bursting with dark red fruit. It shows plenty of harmony and fine overall balance. Sweet spices and flowers linger on the warm, radiant finish. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2017. 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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2008

87/100

The 2008 Rosso di Montalcino is one of the better versions in this tricky vintage. A gorgeous bouquet bristling with Sangiovese aromas leads to red cherries, tobacco and earthiness. There is a plumpness and juiciness I find very attractive here. Some of the wilder, gamier notes typical of Sangiovese come through from time to time, but that notwithstanding, this is a lovely effort. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2013. 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

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2000

87/100

The soft, herbaceous, seductive 2000 Rosso di Montalcino is easy to drink as well as appreciate. It will not make old bones, but for enjoying over the next 2-3 years, this is a round, fruit-driven, cleanly made, charming Rosso. Robert M. Parker Jr.

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2015

90/100

Sweet, ripe cherry, spice, licorice and leather flavors course through the fleshy texture in this red. Balanced, with a dense matrix of tannins and fine length. Drink now through 2022. 3,500 cases made. Bruce Sanderson

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2014

89/100

Canalicchio di Sopra completes three rounds of bottling for this wine (in October, January and March). I tasted samples of the 2014 Rosso di Montalcino from both the first two rounds. This vintage saw a big Rosso di Montalcino production, as much of the fruit that may have been selected for the Brunello was put here instead. The wine is really very good and should offer great value for those looking for a delicious taste of Sangiovese in this difficult vintage. It is thick, bright and loaded with cherry and blueberry flavors. Considering the many challenges of the growing season, this estate has created a wonderfully fresh and forthcoming red wine. Monica Larner

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2013

88+/100

The 2013 Rosso di Montalcino shows soft tones of red cherry, wet earth, raspberry and blanched almond. There's a great sense of tightness and energy here that you don't get with many of the other Rosso wines of this warm vintage. The wine is aged one year, in both French and Slavonian oak respectively. There's isn't much heft in the mouth, but you get just enough to pair with egg fettuccine with butter and grated Parmigiano. Monica Larner

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2012

87/100

The 2012 Rosso di Montalcino is representative of an estate that has always taken great care to safeguard this often overlooked relative of Brunello. Having said that, the 2012 does not quiet live up to the fabulous 2011 Rosso - a wine I found immensely enjoyable. This is a deep and nicely saturated Rosso with ripe notes of spice, dark cherry, blackberry and distant hints of smoked bacon that fill in the rear. It's relatively straightforward (it macerates on the skins for 15 days and later ages for 12 months in oak cask) with soft layers of fresh fruit. Drink: 2014-2018. Monica Larner

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2010

90/100

This wine is a bright, plump and succulent expression of Sangiovese Grosso, showing easy, crisp structure enhanced by bold aromas of plum, leather and spice. There's a silky, fine nature to the polished tannins.

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2015

(REDS) -FINAL FOR THE 3 RED GLASSES / ROSSI - FINALE 3 BICCHIERI

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2014

89/100

Enticing scents of red berry, white pepper, chopped herb and purple flower take center stage on this vibrant red. The luminous palate doles out tart cherry, crushed raspberry and a hint of star anise while racy acidity and polished tannins provide support. Drink through 2017. KERIN O’KEEFE

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2012

88/100

This warm Rosso starts with aromas of toast, woodland berries and cake spices. The juicy palate offers dense black cherry accented with notes of vanilla, mocha and clove alongside assertive tannins. Enjoy it soon. KERIN O’KEEFE

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2011

90/100

This spicy rosso combines structure with sheer drinkability. It offers a beautiful bouquet of rose, violet and strawberry, while the palate reveals ripe black cherry, white pepper, tea and cinnamon flavors wrapped up in silky tannins. This is easily drinkable now, and best enjoyed young. KERIN O’KEEFE

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2008

88/100

You could easily pair this food-friendly Rosso di Montalcino with roasted chicken with rosemary potatoes and garlic. The nose here is bright and penetrating with earthy notes, mineral tones and loads of bright berry fruit. The mouthfeel is smooth and there's a touch of cherry sweetness as well.

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2018

92/100

This is a terrific wine that is one big step above your standard Rosso and one tiny step below your standard Brunello. The Canalicchio di Sopra 2018 Rosso di Montalcino is a fresh and versatile wine. The 2018 vintage was cool and had more rainfall than average. Windy conditions dried and helped to concentrate the fruit right before harvest. This wine is made from a selection of the estate's youngest vines, with about 90% of the fruit coming from the Canalicchio area and 10% from Montosoli. I had a glass with a delicious plate of vegetarian lasagna. This wine moves across the palate with steely precision, breaking up any cheese, butter or olive oil flavors along the way. It offers a snappy, lean to medium-weight drinking style with lots of freshness and enough texture to withstand some near-term cellar aging. This Rosso was bottled in November 2019 and released in January 2020. Not counting large format bottles, some 40,800 regular-sized bottles were produced. 
- Monica Larner 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2018

93/100

Vibrant red. Flinty red berries, violet and spices dominate the knockout nose. Then very pure, boasting a steely core of red fruit and floral flavors that linger impressively on the refined finish. One of the best Rossos of the vintage.
- Ian D'Agata 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2018

90/100

Riper and straightforward for a 2018 with a medium body, good fruit and a plum and light toffee aftertaste. Hint of juicy tannin at the end. Drink now.
- James Suckling 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2018

90/100

Sourced from the estate’s youngest vines and aged in a combination of large-format Slavonian oak casks and small French oak barrels. A delightful, mid-weight red with strawberry, red cherry, Mediterranean herbs and underlying black tea. Crunchy and carried by lively, refreshing acidity. Recently bottled, this needs a few months to come together.
- Michaela Morris 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2016

93+/100

This is a terrific new release from Canalicchio di Sopra that arrived just as we were going to print. The 2016 Rosso di Montalcino opens to an extraordinary nose that is tart and sweet, fruity and spicy all at once. The wine is so full and generous, it almost comes out of left field. I guarantee that you would not recognize it as a Rosso in a blind tasting. The mouthfeel is tight, compact and slightly sour or bitter, but the energy generated from all the volume on the bouquet is enough to win your heart and mind. This is one of the best Rossos I have ever tried. It's a super deal (some 22,300 were made) so grab a bottle before it disappears.
- Monica Larner 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2016

91+/100

The 2016 Rosso di Montalcino is a fabulous wine that could very well turn out to be even better than this note suggests once it softens a bit. A rush of sweet tobacco, licorice, black cherry, menthol and dark spice infuse this dark, potent Rosso with tons of character. Big yet well-integrated tannins suggest the 2016 will enjoy a long life in the cellar. In a word: superb!
- Antonio Galloni 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2016

92/100

A fruity Rosso di Montalcino with notes of blueberry tart, violets, dried basil and thyme. The palate shows some excellent structure, supported by quite muscular tannins and guided along a line of fresh acidity to a medium-chewy finish. Drink in 2020.
- James Suckling 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2016

17.5/20

Deep ruby. Reluctant and tight, yet classy nose with hints of oatmeal. Tightly wound and embryonic on the palate with a layer of sandy tannins. Great balance but needs at least another year in the bottle. 
- Wlater Speller 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2016

90/100

A mix of rose, strawberry and cherry flavors, this red is supple and elegant, with enough structure for balance. Firm finish. Drink now through 2021. 1,800 cases made, 800 cases imported.
- Bruce Sanderson 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2017

91/100

Canalicchio di Sopra pays special attention to its lower-end wines. I always like to point this out to readers in the search for great value from Tuscany. The 2017 Rosso di Montalcino is an immediate and enticing expression with soft layers of ripe cherry and black fruit. The wine is soft and velvety in texture with easy endnotes of cherry confit and crème de cassis. This is a great food wine. Some 25,675 bottles and 762 magnums were made.
- Monica Larner 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2017

90/100

The 2017 Rosso di Montalcino is positively gorgeous. Rich, racy and beautifully perfumed, the 2017 captures all of the radiance of the year in a mid-weight style that is hugely appealing. Even with all of its intensity, the 2017 offers terrific freshness. This is such an arrestingly beautiful wine.
- Antonio Galloni 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2017

92/100

There’s really good ripeness to this Rosso di Montalcino with orange rind, raspberries and spices, as well as undertones of tobacco. Real depth to the firm tannins and a medium-chewy finish. Drink now.
- James Suckling 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2017

17+/20

Mid ruby with the beginning of orange. Fine concentrated nose with minerally hints. Concentrated, almost plush fruit on the palate with muscular tannins and completely integrated acidity that peeks up on the finish. Very impressive and ideally should get an additional year in bottle
- Walter Speller 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2019

91+/100

The 2019 Rosso di Montalcino requires a bit of time to blossom in the glass; yet patience is rewarded, as an air of smoky minerals and peppery herbs slowly evolves into a perfumed display of wild strawberries, rose hips and flowery undergrowth. This is soft and supple, seeming almost fleshy at first, yet it gains harmony through a savory mix of mineral-tinged red berries and spices. A subtle film of fine tannin lingers, yet the mouth waters for more, as this literally buzzes with residual energy while inner florals slowly fade.
- Eric Guido 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2019

94/100

Da uve sangiovese, matura almeno 6 mesi in botte. Rubino cupo. Al naso marasca e frutti scuri di bella intensità. Tannino fine, succoso e con una progressione avvincente ed equilibrata e un finale in buona corrispondenza olfattiva.
- Riccardo Silla Viscardi, Stefania Vinciguerra

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2019

93/100

Sensuale ed accattivante questo giovane rosso offre note di tiglio, magnolia, ibisco ed acacia ben fuse a sentori di lamponi, ribes e ciliegie disidratate. Corpo medio-pieno, tannini rotondi estremamente polimerizzati ed un finale solido e compatto. Che bello. Uno dei migliori Rosso di Montalcino nella splendida annata 2019. Bevi ora.
- Raffaele Vecchione

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2019

92/100

Sweet cherries and berries with some walnut and orange peel. Medium-bodied, fresh and vivid. Lightly bitter finish. Drink now.
- James Suckling

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA

Produced mostly from our youngest vineyards, it represents our calling card for Canalicchio di Sopra wines: a young, fruity, and versatile expression of our Sangiovese. The first vintage was produced in 1975 when it was still called Red Wine from Brunello vines.

Wine type

DOC

Grape variety

100% Sangiovese

Altitude

Average altitude of 300 meters above sea level

Soil type

The Rosso di Montalcino "Canalicchio di Sopra" mainly comes from the vinayards located in the Canalicchio Cru, in a soil with marked clay component, very rich in intermediate elements such as magnesium, iron and Manganese. In some vintages a small percentual of the grapes can comes from Montosoli Cru, where the presence of marl guarantees sapidity and minerality.

Training System

Cordon trained and spur pruned

Vinification

In steel vats by controlling the temperature and with daily soft pumping over. Maceration on the skins for 15-20 days

Vineyards

Youngest vineyards located in Canalicchio Cru

Aging

12 months in Slavonian Oak Barrels (50 hl and 25 hl), and French oak barrels (750 liters)

First year of production

1975

Production

666 bottles (375 ml); 34240 bottles (750 ml); 1650 bottles (1500 ml)

 

Alcohol content

13.50%

Vintage climate

The 2014 vintage was basically rainy and relatively cool compared to the average of the last few years

Winemaker Notes

The Rosso di Montalcino 2014 is a super selection in a difficult vintage for Brunello di Montalcino, of grapes from old vineyards that we usually use for Brunello and Brunello Riserva. The system of selection based on the berry by berry selection that we introduced at Canalicchio di Sopra a few years ago allowed us to select the good fruits with a surprising results in terms of purity; a little less alcohol than the last years (13,5%), make this Rosso di Montalcino one of the most beautiful elegant Rosso we ever made.

The idea that each wine must be valorized based on its characteristics and strong points is something very clear at Canalicchio di Sopra; we know that we have to valorize a vintage like 2010 making a great Brunello and a super Riserva as we know we have to valorize a vintage like 2014 making a great Rosso di Montalcino; this is the history of Rosso di Montalcino for Canalicchio di Sopra: some of the best Rosso have been made in difficult vintage for Brunello with the simple recipe of using Brunello grapes from old vines to make Rosso di Montalcino.

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2015

17,5/20

Mid-deep ruby. Concentrated cherry with a whiff of fruit cake. Elegant palate with a medium weight to it and succulent. Generous aromatic finish and beautifully built, firm tannins. Walter Speller

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2011

90/100

The estate’s 2011 Rosso di Montalcino is endowed with serious complexity and character. Tobacco, savory herbs, mint, anise and underbrush are some of the many aromas and flavors found in this Rosso, a wine that stands out for its personality. Rosso is often sold as a mini-Brunello, a label that unfortunately applies to only a small number of wines. Not here. This is a Rosso of unusual pedigree and distinction. I imagine the 2011 will drink well to age ten, perhaps beyond. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2021. Antonio Galloni

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2009

89/100

The 2009 Rosso di Montalcino is a gorgeous wine bursting with dark red fruit. It shows plenty of harmony and fine overall balance. Sweet spices and flowers linger on the warm, radiant finish. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2017. 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

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2008

87/100

The 2008 Rosso di Montalcino is one of the better versions in this tricky vintage. A gorgeous bouquet bristling with Sangiovese aromas leads to red cherries, tobacco and earthiness. There is a plumpness and juiciness I find very attractive here. Some of the wilder, gamier notes typical of Sangiovese come through from time to time, but that notwithstanding, this is a lovely effort. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2013. 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

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2000

87/100

The soft, herbaceous, seductive 2000 Rosso di Montalcino is easy to drink as well as appreciate. It will not make old bones, but for enjoying over the next 2-3 years, this is a round, fruit-driven, cleanly made, charming Rosso. Robert M. Parker Jr.

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2015

90/100

Sweet, ripe cherry, spice, licorice and leather flavors course through the fleshy texture in this red. Balanced, with a dense matrix of tannins and fine length. Drink now through 2022. 3,500 cases made. Bruce Sanderson

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2014

89/100

Canalicchio di Sopra completes three rounds of bottling for this wine (in October, January and March). I tasted samples of the 2014 Rosso di Montalcino from both the first two rounds. This vintage saw a big Rosso di Montalcino production, as much of the fruit that may have been selected for the Brunello was put here instead. The wine is really very good and should offer great value for those looking for a delicious taste of Sangiovese in this difficult vintage. It is thick, bright and loaded with cherry and blueberry flavors. Considering the many challenges of the growing season, this estate has created a wonderfully fresh and forthcoming red wine. Monica Larner

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2013

88+/100

The 2013 Rosso di Montalcino shows soft tones of red cherry, wet earth, raspberry and blanched almond. There's a great sense of tightness and energy here that you don't get with many of the other Rosso wines of this warm vintage. The wine is aged one year, in both French and Slavonian oak respectively. There's isn't much heft in the mouth, but you get just enough to pair with egg fettuccine with butter and grated Parmigiano. Monica Larner

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2012

87/100

The 2012 Rosso di Montalcino is representative of an estate that has always taken great care to safeguard this often overlooked relative of Brunello. Having said that, the 2012 does not quiet live up to the fabulous 2011 Rosso - a wine I found immensely enjoyable. This is a deep and nicely saturated Rosso with ripe notes of spice, dark cherry, blackberry and distant hints of smoked bacon that fill in the rear. It's relatively straightforward (it macerates on the skins for 15 days and later ages for 12 months in oak cask) with soft layers of fresh fruit. Drink: 2014-2018. Monica Larner

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2010

90/100

This wine is a bright, plump and succulent expression of Sangiovese Grosso, showing easy, crisp structure enhanced by bold aromas of plum, leather and spice. There's a silky, fine nature to the polished tannins.

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2015

(REDS) -FINAL FOR THE 3 RED GLASSES / ROSSI - FINALE 3 BICCHIERI

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2014

89/100

Enticing scents of red berry, white pepper, chopped herb and purple flower take center stage on this vibrant red. The luminous palate doles out tart cherry, crushed raspberry and a hint of star anise while racy acidity and polished tannins provide support. Drink through 2017. KERIN O’KEEFE

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2012

88/100

This warm Rosso starts with aromas of toast, woodland berries and cake spices. The juicy palate offers dense black cherry accented with notes of vanilla, mocha and clove alongside assertive tannins. Enjoy it soon. KERIN O’KEEFE

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2011

90/100

This spicy rosso combines structure with sheer drinkability. It offers a beautiful bouquet of rose, violet and strawberry, while the palate reveals ripe black cherry, white pepper, tea and cinnamon flavors wrapped up in silky tannins. This is easily drinkable now, and best enjoyed young. KERIN O’KEEFE

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2008

88/100

You could easily pair this food-friendly Rosso di Montalcino with roasted chicken with rosemary potatoes and garlic. The nose here is bright and penetrating with earthy notes, mineral tones and loads of bright berry fruit. The mouthfeel is smooth and there's a touch of cherry sweetness as well.

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2018

92/100

This is a terrific wine that is one big step above your standard Rosso and one tiny step below your standard Brunello. The Canalicchio di Sopra 2018 Rosso di Montalcino is a fresh and versatile wine. The 2018 vintage was cool and had more rainfall than average. Windy conditions dried and helped to concentrate the fruit right before harvest. This wine is made from a selection of the estate's youngest vines, with about 90% of the fruit coming from the Canalicchio area and 10% from Montosoli. I had a glass with a delicious plate of vegetarian lasagna. This wine moves across the palate with steely precision, breaking up any cheese, butter or olive oil flavors along the way. It offers a snappy, lean to medium-weight drinking style with lots of freshness and enough texture to withstand some near-term cellar aging. This Rosso was bottled in November 2019 and released in January 2020. Not counting large format bottles, some 40,800 regular-sized bottles were produced. 
- Monica Larner 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2018

93/100

Vibrant red. Flinty red berries, violet and spices dominate the knockout nose. Then very pure, boasting a steely core of red fruit and floral flavors that linger impressively on the refined finish. One of the best Rossos of the vintage.
- Ian D'Agata 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2018

90/100

Riper and straightforward for a 2018 with a medium body, good fruit and a plum and light toffee aftertaste. Hint of juicy tannin at the end. Drink now.
- James Suckling 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2018

90/100

Sourced from the estate’s youngest vines and aged in a combination of large-format Slavonian oak casks and small French oak barrels. A delightful, mid-weight red with strawberry, red cherry, Mediterranean herbs and underlying black tea. Crunchy and carried by lively, refreshing acidity. Recently bottled, this needs a few months to come together.
- Michaela Morris 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2016

93+/100

This is a terrific new release from Canalicchio di Sopra that arrived just as we were going to print. The 2016 Rosso di Montalcino opens to an extraordinary nose that is tart and sweet, fruity and spicy all at once. The wine is so full and generous, it almost comes out of left field. I guarantee that you would not recognize it as a Rosso in a blind tasting. The mouthfeel is tight, compact and slightly sour or bitter, but the energy generated from all the volume on the bouquet is enough to win your heart and mind. This is one of the best Rossos I have ever tried. It's a super deal (some 22,300 were made) so grab a bottle before it disappears.
- Monica Larner 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2016

91+/100

The 2016 Rosso di Montalcino is a fabulous wine that could very well turn out to be even better than this note suggests once it softens a bit. A rush of sweet tobacco, licorice, black cherry, menthol and dark spice infuse this dark, potent Rosso with tons of character. Big yet well-integrated tannins suggest the 2016 will enjoy a long life in the cellar. In a word: superb!
- Antonio Galloni 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2016

92/100

A fruity Rosso di Montalcino with notes of blueberry tart, violets, dried basil and thyme. The palate shows some excellent structure, supported by quite muscular tannins and guided along a line of fresh acidity to a medium-chewy finish. Drink in 2020.
- James Suckling 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2016

17.5/20

Deep ruby. Reluctant and tight, yet classy nose with hints of oatmeal. Tightly wound and embryonic on the palate with a layer of sandy tannins. Great balance but needs at least another year in the bottle. 
- Wlater Speller 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2016

90/100

A mix of rose, strawberry and cherry flavors, this red is supple and elegant, with enough structure for balance. Firm finish. Drink now through 2021. 1,800 cases made, 800 cases imported.
- Bruce Sanderson 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2017

91/100

Canalicchio di Sopra pays special attention to its lower-end wines. I always like to point this out to readers in the search for great value from Tuscany. The 2017 Rosso di Montalcino is an immediate and enticing expression with soft layers of ripe cherry and black fruit. The wine is soft and velvety in texture with easy endnotes of cherry confit and crème de cassis. This is a great food wine. Some 25,675 bottles and 762 magnums were made.
- Monica Larner 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2017

90/100

The 2017 Rosso di Montalcino is positively gorgeous. Rich, racy and beautifully perfumed, the 2017 captures all of the radiance of the year in a mid-weight style that is hugely appealing. Even with all of its intensity, the 2017 offers terrific freshness. This is such an arrestingly beautiful wine.
- Antonio Galloni 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2017

92/100

There’s really good ripeness to this Rosso di Montalcino with orange rind, raspberries and spices, as well as undertones of tobacco. Real depth to the firm tannins and a medium-chewy finish. Drink now.
- James Suckling 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2017

17+/20

Mid ruby with the beginning of orange. Fine concentrated nose with minerally hints. Concentrated, almost plush fruit on the palate with muscular tannins and completely integrated acidity that peeks up on the finish. Very impressive and ideally should get an additional year in bottle
- Walter Speller 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2019

91+/100

The 2019 Rosso di Montalcino requires a bit of time to blossom in the glass; yet patience is rewarded, as an air of smoky minerals and peppery herbs slowly evolves into a perfumed display of wild strawberries, rose hips and flowery undergrowth. This is soft and supple, seeming almost fleshy at first, yet it gains harmony through a savory mix of mineral-tinged red berries and spices. A subtle film of fine tannin lingers, yet the mouth waters for more, as this literally buzzes with residual energy while inner florals slowly fade.
- Eric Guido 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2019

94/100

Da uve sangiovese, matura almeno 6 mesi in botte. Rubino cupo. Al naso marasca e frutti scuri di bella intensità. Tannino fine, succoso e con una progressione avvincente ed equilibrata e un finale in buona corrispondenza olfattiva.
- Riccardo Silla Viscardi, Stefania Vinciguerra

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2019

93/100

Sensuale ed accattivante questo giovane rosso offre note di tiglio, magnolia, ibisco ed acacia ben fuse a sentori di lamponi, ribes e ciliegie disidratate. Corpo medio-pieno, tannini rotondi estremamente polimerizzati ed un finale solido e compatto. Che bello. Uno dei migliori Rosso di Montalcino nella splendida annata 2019. Bevi ora.
- Raffaele Vecchione

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2019

92/100

Sweet cherries and berries with some walnut and orange peel. Medium-bodied, fresh and vivid. Lightly bitter finish. Drink now.
- James Suckling

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA

Produced mostly from our youngest vineyards, it represents our calling card for Canalicchio di Sopra wines: a young, fruity, and versatile expression of our Sangiovese. The first vintage was produced in 1980 when it was still called Red Wine from Brunello vines.

Wine type

DOC

Grape variety

Sangiovese 100%

Altitude

From 283 to 290 masl

Soil type

The Rosso di Montalcino "Canalicchio di Sopra" mainly comes from the vinayards located in the Canalicchio Cru, in a soil with marked clay component, very rich in intermediate elements such as magnesium, iron and Manganese. In some vintages a small percentual of the grapes can comes from Montosoli Cru, where the presence of marl guarantees sapidity and minerality.

Training System

Cordon trained and spur pruned

Vineyard
Winemaking
Aging
First year of production

1975

Production
Alcohol content

14.50%

Vintage climate
Notes

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2015

17,5/20

Mid-deep ruby. Concentrated cherry with a whiff of fruit cake. Elegant palate with a medium weight to it and succulent. Generous aromatic finish and beautifully built, firm tannins. Walter Speller

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2011

90/100

The estate’s 2011 Rosso di Montalcino is endowed with serious complexity and character. Tobacco, savory herbs, mint, anise and underbrush are some of the many aromas and flavors found in this Rosso, a wine that stands out for its personality. Rosso is often sold as a mini-Brunello, a label that unfortunately applies to only a small number of wines. Not here. This is a Rosso of unusual pedigree and distinction. I imagine the 2011 will drink well to age ten, perhaps beyond. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2021. Antonio Galloni

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2009

89/100

The 2009 Rosso di Montalcino is a gorgeous wine bursting with dark red fruit. It shows plenty of harmony and fine overall balance. Sweet spices and flowers linger on the warm, radiant finish. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2017. 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

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2008

87/100

The 2008 Rosso di Montalcino is one of the better versions in this tricky vintage. A gorgeous bouquet bristling with Sangiovese aromas leads to red cherries, tobacco and earthiness. There is a plumpness and juiciness I find very attractive here. Some of the wilder, gamier notes typical of Sangiovese come through from time to time, but that notwithstanding, this is a lovely effort. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2013. 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

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2000

87/100

The soft, herbaceous, seductive 2000 Rosso di Montalcino is easy to drink as well as appreciate. It will not make old bones, but for enjoying over the next 2-3 years, this is a round, fruit-driven, cleanly made, charming Rosso. Robert M. Parker Jr.

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2015

90/100

Sweet, ripe cherry, spice, licorice and leather flavors course through the fleshy texture in this red. Balanced, with a dense matrix of tannins and fine length. Drink now through 2022. 3,500 cases made. Bruce Sanderson

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2014

89/100

Canalicchio di Sopra completes three rounds of bottling for this wine (in October, January and March). I tasted samples of the 2014 Rosso di Montalcino from both the first two rounds. This vintage saw a big Rosso di Montalcino production, as much of the fruit that may have been selected for the Brunello was put here instead. The wine is really very good and should offer great value for those looking for a delicious taste of Sangiovese in this difficult vintage. It is thick, bright and loaded with cherry and blueberry flavors. Considering the many challenges of the growing season, this estate has created a wonderfully fresh and forthcoming red wine. Monica Larner

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2013

88+/100

The 2013 Rosso di Montalcino shows soft tones of red cherry, wet earth, raspberry and blanched almond. There's a great sense of tightness and energy here that you don't get with many of the other Rosso wines of this warm vintage. The wine is aged one year, in both French and Slavonian oak respectively. There's isn't much heft in the mouth, but you get just enough to pair with egg fettuccine with butter and grated Parmigiano. Monica Larner

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2012

87/100

The 2012 Rosso di Montalcino is representative of an estate that has always taken great care to safeguard this often overlooked relative of Brunello. Having said that, the 2012 does not quiet live up to the fabulous 2011 Rosso - a wine I found immensely enjoyable. This is a deep and nicely saturated Rosso with ripe notes of spice, dark cherry, blackberry and distant hints of smoked bacon that fill in the rear. It's relatively straightforward (it macerates on the skins for 15 days and later ages for 12 months in oak cask) with soft layers of fresh fruit. Drink: 2014-2018. Monica Larner

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2010

90/100

This wine is a bright, plump and succulent expression of Sangiovese Grosso, showing easy, crisp structure enhanced by bold aromas of plum, leather and spice. There's a silky, fine nature to the polished tannins.

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2015

(REDS) -FINAL FOR THE 3 RED GLASSES / ROSSI - FINALE 3 BICCHIERI

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2014

89/100

Enticing scents of red berry, white pepper, chopped herb and purple flower take center stage on this vibrant red. The luminous palate doles out tart cherry, crushed raspberry and a hint of star anise while racy acidity and polished tannins provide support. Drink through 2017. KERIN O’KEEFE

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2012

88/100

This warm Rosso starts with aromas of toast, woodland berries and cake spices. The juicy palate offers dense black cherry accented with notes of vanilla, mocha and clove alongside assertive tannins. Enjoy it soon. KERIN O’KEEFE

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2011

90/100

This spicy rosso combines structure with sheer drinkability. It offers a beautiful bouquet of rose, violet and strawberry, while the palate reveals ripe black cherry, white pepper, tea and cinnamon flavors wrapped up in silky tannins. This is easily drinkable now, and best enjoyed young. KERIN O’KEEFE

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2008

88/100

You could easily pair this food-friendly Rosso di Montalcino with roasted chicken with rosemary potatoes and garlic. The nose here is bright and penetrating with earthy notes, mineral tones and loads of bright berry fruit. The mouthfeel is smooth and there's a touch of cherry sweetness as well.

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2018

92/100

This is a terrific wine that is one big step above your standard Rosso and one tiny step below your standard Brunello. The Canalicchio di Sopra 2018 Rosso di Montalcino is a fresh and versatile wine. The 2018 vintage was cool and had more rainfall than average. Windy conditions dried and helped to concentrate the fruit right before harvest. This wine is made from a selection of the estate's youngest vines, with about 90% of the fruit coming from the Canalicchio area and 10% from Montosoli. I had a glass with a delicious plate of vegetarian lasagna. This wine moves across the palate with steely precision, breaking up any cheese, butter or olive oil flavors along the way. It offers a snappy, lean to medium-weight drinking style with lots of freshness and enough texture to withstand some near-term cellar aging. This Rosso was bottled in November 2019 and released in January 2020. Not counting large format bottles, some 40,800 regular-sized bottles were produced. 
- Monica Larner 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2018

93/100

Vibrant red. Flinty red berries, violet and spices dominate the knockout nose. Then very pure, boasting a steely core of red fruit and floral flavors that linger impressively on the refined finish. One of the best Rossos of the vintage.
- Ian D'Agata 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2018

90/100

Riper and straightforward for a 2018 with a medium body, good fruit and a plum and light toffee aftertaste. Hint of juicy tannin at the end. Drink now.
- James Suckling 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2018

90/100

Sourced from the estate’s youngest vines and aged in a combination of large-format Slavonian oak casks and small French oak barrels. A delightful, mid-weight red with strawberry, red cherry, Mediterranean herbs and underlying black tea. Crunchy and carried by lively, refreshing acidity. Recently bottled, this needs a few months to come together.
- Michaela Morris 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2016

93+/100

This is a terrific new release from Canalicchio di Sopra that arrived just as we were going to print. The 2016 Rosso di Montalcino opens to an extraordinary nose that is tart and sweet, fruity and spicy all at once. The wine is so full and generous, it almost comes out of left field. I guarantee that you would not recognize it as a Rosso in a blind tasting. The mouthfeel is tight, compact and slightly sour or bitter, but the energy generated from all the volume on the bouquet is enough to win your heart and mind. This is one of the best Rossos I have ever tried. It's a super deal (some 22,300 were made) so grab a bottle before it disappears.
- Monica Larner 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2016

91+/100

The 2016 Rosso di Montalcino is a fabulous wine that could very well turn out to be even better than this note suggests once it softens a bit. A rush of sweet tobacco, licorice, black cherry, menthol and dark spice infuse this dark, potent Rosso with tons of character. Big yet well-integrated tannins suggest the 2016 will enjoy a long life in the cellar. In a word: superb!
- Antonio Galloni 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2016

92/100

A fruity Rosso di Montalcino with notes of blueberry tart, violets, dried basil and thyme. The palate shows some excellent structure, supported by quite muscular tannins and guided along a line of fresh acidity to a medium-chewy finish. Drink in 2020.
- James Suckling 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2016

17.5/20

Deep ruby. Reluctant and tight, yet classy nose with hints of oatmeal. Tightly wound and embryonic on the palate with a layer of sandy tannins. Great balance but needs at least another year in the bottle. 
- Wlater Speller 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2016

90/100

A mix of rose, strawberry and cherry flavors, this red is supple and elegant, with enough structure for balance. Firm finish. Drink now through 2021. 1,800 cases made, 800 cases imported.
- Bruce Sanderson 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2017

91/100

Canalicchio di Sopra pays special attention to its lower-end wines. I always like to point this out to readers in the search for great value from Tuscany. The 2017 Rosso di Montalcino is an immediate and enticing expression with soft layers of ripe cherry and black fruit. The wine is soft and velvety in texture with easy endnotes of cherry confit and crème de cassis. This is a great food wine. Some 25,675 bottles and 762 magnums were made.
- Monica Larner 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2017

90/100

The 2017 Rosso di Montalcino is positively gorgeous. Rich, racy and beautifully perfumed, the 2017 captures all of the radiance of the year in a mid-weight style that is hugely appealing. Even with all of its intensity, the 2017 offers terrific freshness. This is such an arrestingly beautiful wine.
- Antonio Galloni 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2017

92/100

There’s really good ripeness to this Rosso di Montalcino with orange rind, raspberries and spices, as well as undertones of tobacco. Real depth to the firm tannins and a medium-chewy finish. Drink now.
- James Suckling 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2017

17+/20

Mid ruby with the beginning of orange. Fine concentrated nose with minerally hints. Concentrated, almost plush fruit on the palate with muscular tannins and completely integrated acidity that peeks up on the finish. Very impressive and ideally should get an additional year in bottle
- Walter Speller 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2019

91+/100

The 2019 Rosso di Montalcino requires a bit of time to blossom in the glass; yet patience is rewarded, as an air of smoky minerals and peppery herbs slowly evolves into a perfumed display of wild strawberries, rose hips and flowery undergrowth. This is soft and supple, seeming almost fleshy at first, yet it gains harmony through a savory mix of mineral-tinged red berries and spices. A subtle film of fine tannin lingers, yet the mouth waters for more, as this literally buzzes with residual energy while inner florals slowly fade.
- Eric Guido 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2019

94/100

Da uve sangiovese, matura almeno 6 mesi in botte. Rubino cupo. Al naso marasca e frutti scuri di bella intensità. Tannino fine, succoso e con una progressione avvincente ed equilibrata e un finale in buona corrispondenza olfattiva.
- Riccardo Silla Viscardi, Stefania Vinciguerra

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2019

93/100

Sensuale ed accattivante questo giovane rosso offre note di tiglio, magnolia, ibisco ed acacia ben fuse a sentori di lamponi, ribes e ciliegie disidratate. Corpo medio-pieno, tannini rotondi estremamente polimerizzati ed un finale solido e compatto. Che bello. Uno dei migliori Rosso di Montalcino nella splendida annata 2019. Bevi ora.
- Raffaele Vecchione

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2019

92/100

Sweet cherries and berries with some walnut and orange peel. Medium-bodied, fresh and vivid. Lightly bitter finish. Drink now.
- James Suckling

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA

Produced mostly from our youngest vineyards, it represents our calling card for Canalicchio di Sopra wines: a young, fruity, and versatile expression of our Sangiovese. The first vintage was produced in 1980 when it was still called Red Wine from Brunello vines.

Wine type

DOC

Grape variety

Sangiovese 100%

Altitude

From 283 to 290 masl

Soil type

The Rosso di Montalcino "Canalicchio di Sopra" mainly comes from the vinayards located in the Canalicchio Cru, in a soil with marked clay component, very rich in intermediate elements such as magnesium, iron and Manganese. In some vintages a small percentual of the grapes can comes from Montosoli Cru, where the presence of marl guarantees sapidity and minerality.

Training System

Cordon trained and spur pruned

Vineyard
Winemaking
Aging
First year of production

1975

Production
Alcohol content

14.50%

Vintage climate
Notes

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2015

17,5/20

Mid-deep ruby. Concentrated cherry with a whiff of fruit cake. Elegant palate with a medium weight to it and succulent. Generous aromatic finish and beautifully built, firm tannins. Walter Speller

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2011

90/100

The estate’s 2011 Rosso di Montalcino is endowed with serious complexity and character. Tobacco, savory herbs, mint, anise and underbrush are some of the many aromas and flavors found in this Rosso, a wine that stands out for its personality. Rosso is often sold as a mini-Brunello, a label that unfortunately applies to only a small number of wines. Not here. This is a Rosso of unusual pedigree and distinction. I imagine the 2011 will drink well to age ten, perhaps beyond. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2021. Antonio Galloni

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2009

89/100

The 2009 Rosso di Montalcino is a gorgeous wine bursting with dark red fruit. It shows plenty of harmony and fine overall balance. Sweet spices and flowers linger on the warm, radiant finish. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2017. 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

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2008

87/100

The 2008 Rosso di Montalcino is one of the better versions in this tricky vintage. A gorgeous bouquet bristling with Sangiovese aromas leads to red cherries, tobacco and earthiness. There is a plumpness and juiciness I find very attractive here. Some of the wilder, gamier notes typical of Sangiovese come through from time to time, but that notwithstanding, this is a lovely effort. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2013. 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

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2000

87/100

The soft, herbaceous, seductive 2000 Rosso di Montalcino is easy to drink as well as appreciate. It will not make old bones, but for enjoying over the next 2-3 years, this is a round, fruit-driven, cleanly made, charming Rosso. Robert M. Parker Jr.

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2015

90/100

Sweet, ripe cherry, spice, licorice and leather flavors course through the fleshy texture in this red. Balanced, with a dense matrix of tannins and fine length. Drink now through 2022. 3,500 cases made. Bruce Sanderson

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2014

89/100

Canalicchio di Sopra completes three rounds of bottling for this wine (in October, January and March). I tasted samples of the 2014 Rosso di Montalcino from both the first two rounds. This vintage saw a big Rosso di Montalcino production, as much of the fruit that may have been selected for the Brunello was put here instead. The wine is really very good and should offer great value for those looking for a delicious taste of Sangiovese in this difficult vintage. It is thick, bright and loaded with cherry and blueberry flavors. Considering the many challenges of the growing season, this estate has created a wonderfully fresh and forthcoming red wine. Monica Larner

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2013

88+/100

The 2013 Rosso di Montalcino shows soft tones of red cherry, wet earth, raspberry and blanched almond. There's a great sense of tightness and energy here that you don't get with many of the other Rosso wines of this warm vintage. The wine is aged one year, in both French and Slavonian oak respectively. There's isn't much heft in the mouth, but you get just enough to pair with egg fettuccine with butter and grated Parmigiano. Monica Larner

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2012

87/100

The 2012 Rosso di Montalcino is representative of an estate that has always taken great care to safeguard this often overlooked relative of Brunello. Having said that, the 2012 does not quiet live up to the fabulous 2011 Rosso - a wine I found immensely enjoyable. This is a deep and nicely saturated Rosso with ripe notes of spice, dark cherry, blackberry and distant hints of smoked bacon that fill in the rear. It's relatively straightforward (it macerates on the skins for 15 days and later ages for 12 months in oak cask) with soft layers of fresh fruit. Drink: 2014-2018. Monica Larner

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2010

90/100

This wine is a bright, plump and succulent expression of Sangiovese Grosso, showing easy, crisp structure enhanced by bold aromas of plum, leather and spice. There's a silky, fine nature to the polished tannins.

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2015

(REDS) -FINAL FOR THE 3 RED GLASSES / ROSSI - FINALE 3 BICCHIERI

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2014

89/100

Enticing scents of red berry, white pepper, chopped herb and purple flower take center stage on this vibrant red. The luminous palate doles out tart cherry, crushed raspberry and a hint of star anise while racy acidity and polished tannins provide support. Drink through 2017. KERIN O’KEEFE

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2012

88/100

This warm Rosso starts with aromas of toast, woodland berries and cake spices. The juicy palate offers dense black cherry accented with notes of vanilla, mocha and clove alongside assertive tannins. Enjoy it soon. KERIN O’KEEFE

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2011

90/100

This spicy rosso combines structure with sheer drinkability. It offers a beautiful bouquet of rose, violet and strawberry, while the palate reveals ripe black cherry, white pepper, tea and cinnamon flavors wrapped up in silky tannins. This is easily drinkable now, and best enjoyed young. KERIN O’KEEFE

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2008

88/100

You could easily pair this food-friendly Rosso di Montalcino with roasted chicken with rosemary potatoes and garlic. The nose here is bright and penetrating with earthy notes, mineral tones and loads of bright berry fruit. The mouthfeel is smooth and there's a touch of cherry sweetness as well.

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2018

92/100

This is a terrific wine that is one big step above your standard Rosso and one tiny step below your standard Brunello. The Canalicchio di Sopra 2018 Rosso di Montalcino is a fresh and versatile wine. The 2018 vintage was cool and had more rainfall than average. Windy conditions dried and helped to concentrate the fruit right before harvest. This wine is made from a selection of the estate's youngest vines, with about 90% of the fruit coming from the Canalicchio area and 10% from Montosoli. I had a glass with a delicious plate of vegetarian lasagna. This wine moves across the palate with steely precision, breaking up any cheese, butter or olive oil flavors along the way. It offers a snappy, lean to medium-weight drinking style with lots of freshness and enough texture to withstand some near-term cellar aging. This Rosso was bottled in November 2019 and released in January 2020. Not counting large format bottles, some 40,800 regular-sized bottles were produced. 
- Monica Larner 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2018

93/100

Vibrant red. Flinty red berries, violet and spices dominate the knockout nose. Then very pure, boasting a steely core of red fruit and floral flavors that linger impressively on the refined finish. One of the best Rossos of the vintage.
- Ian D'Agata 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2018

90/100

Riper and straightforward for a 2018 with a medium body, good fruit and a plum and light toffee aftertaste. Hint of juicy tannin at the end. Drink now.
- James Suckling 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2018

90/100

Sourced from the estate’s youngest vines and aged in a combination of large-format Slavonian oak casks and small French oak barrels. A delightful, mid-weight red with strawberry, red cherry, Mediterranean herbs and underlying black tea. Crunchy and carried by lively, refreshing acidity. Recently bottled, this needs a few months to come together.
- Michaela Morris 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2016

93+/100

This is a terrific new release from Canalicchio di Sopra that arrived just as we were going to print. The 2016 Rosso di Montalcino opens to an extraordinary nose that is tart and sweet, fruity and spicy all at once. The wine is so full and generous, it almost comes out of left field. I guarantee that you would not recognize it as a Rosso in a blind tasting. The mouthfeel is tight, compact and slightly sour or bitter, but the energy generated from all the volume on the bouquet is enough to win your heart and mind. This is one of the best Rossos I have ever tried. It's a super deal (some 22,300 were made) so grab a bottle before it disappears.
- Monica Larner 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2016

91+/100

The 2016 Rosso di Montalcino is a fabulous wine that could very well turn out to be even better than this note suggests once it softens a bit. A rush of sweet tobacco, licorice, black cherry, menthol and dark spice infuse this dark, potent Rosso with tons of character. Big yet well-integrated tannins suggest the 2016 will enjoy a long life in the cellar. In a word: superb!
- Antonio Galloni 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2016

92/100

A fruity Rosso di Montalcino with notes of blueberry tart, violets, dried basil and thyme. The palate shows some excellent structure, supported by quite muscular tannins and guided along a line of fresh acidity to a medium-chewy finish. Drink in 2020.
- James Suckling 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2016

17.5/20

Deep ruby. Reluctant and tight, yet classy nose with hints of oatmeal. Tightly wound and embryonic on the palate with a layer of sandy tannins. Great balance but needs at least another year in the bottle. 
- Wlater Speller 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2016

90/100

A mix of rose, strawberry and cherry flavors, this red is supple and elegant, with enough structure for balance. Firm finish. Drink now through 2021. 1,800 cases made, 800 cases imported.
- Bruce Sanderson 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2017

91/100

Canalicchio di Sopra pays special attention to its lower-end wines. I always like to point this out to readers in the search for great value from Tuscany. The 2017 Rosso di Montalcino is an immediate and enticing expression with soft layers of ripe cherry and black fruit. The wine is soft and velvety in texture with easy endnotes of cherry confit and crème de cassis. This is a great food wine. Some 25,675 bottles and 762 magnums were made.
- Monica Larner 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2017

90/100

The 2017 Rosso di Montalcino is positively gorgeous. Rich, racy and beautifully perfumed, the 2017 captures all of the radiance of the year in a mid-weight style that is hugely appealing. Even with all of its intensity, the 2017 offers terrific freshness. This is such an arrestingly beautiful wine.
- Antonio Galloni 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2017

92/100

There’s really good ripeness to this Rosso di Montalcino with orange rind, raspberries and spices, as well as undertones of tobacco. Real depth to the firm tannins and a medium-chewy finish. Drink now.
- James Suckling 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2017

17+/20

Mid ruby with the beginning of orange. Fine concentrated nose with minerally hints. Concentrated, almost plush fruit on the palate with muscular tannins and completely integrated acidity that peeks up on the finish. Very impressive and ideally should get an additional year in bottle
- Walter Speller 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2019

91+/100

The 2019 Rosso di Montalcino requires a bit of time to blossom in the glass; yet patience is rewarded, as an air of smoky minerals and peppery herbs slowly evolves into a perfumed display of wild strawberries, rose hips and flowery undergrowth. This is soft and supple, seeming almost fleshy at first, yet it gains harmony through a savory mix of mineral-tinged red berries and spices. A subtle film of fine tannin lingers, yet the mouth waters for more, as this literally buzzes with residual energy while inner florals slowly fade.
- Eric Guido 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2019

94/100

Da uve sangiovese, matura almeno 6 mesi in botte. Rubino cupo. Al naso marasca e frutti scuri di bella intensità. Tannino fine, succoso e con una progressione avvincente ed equilibrata e un finale in buona corrispondenza olfattiva.
- Riccardo Silla Viscardi, Stefania Vinciguerra

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2019

93/100

Sensuale ed accattivante questo giovane rosso offre note di tiglio, magnolia, ibisco ed acacia ben fuse a sentori di lamponi, ribes e ciliegie disidratate. Corpo medio-pieno, tannini rotondi estremamente polimerizzati ed un finale solido e compatto. Che bello. Uno dei migliori Rosso di Montalcino nella splendida annata 2019. Bevi ora.
- Raffaele Vecchione

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2019

92/100

Sweet cherries and berries with some walnut and orange peel. Medium-bodied, fresh and vivid. Lightly bitter finish. Drink now.
- James Suckling

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA

Produced mostly from our youngest vineyards, it represents our calling card for Canalicchio di Sopra wines: a young, fruity, and versatile expression of our Sangiovese. The first vintage was produced in 1980 when it was still called Red Wine from Brunello vines.

Wine type

DOC

Grape variety

Sangiovese 100%

Altitude

From 283 to 290 masl

Soil type

The Rosso di Montalcino "Canalicchio di Sopra" mainly comes from the vinayards located in the Canalicchio Cru, in a soil with marked clay component, very rich in intermediate elements such as magnesium, iron and Manganese. In some vintages a small percentual of the grapes can comes from Montosoli Cru, where the presence of marl guarantees sapidity and minerality.

Training System

Cordon trained and spur pruned

Vineyard
Winemaking
Aging
First year of production

1975

Production
Alcohol content

14.50%

Vintage climate
Notes

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2015

17,5/20

Mid-deep ruby. Concentrated cherry with a whiff of fruit cake. Elegant palate with a medium weight to it and succulent. Generous aromatic finish and beautifully built, firm tannins. Walter Speller

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2011

90/100

The estate’s 2011 Rosso di Montalcino is endowed with serious complexity and character. Tobacco, savory herbs, mint, anise and underbrush are some of the many aromas and flavors found in this Rosso, a wine that stands out for its personality. Rosso is often sold as a mini-Brunello, a label that unfortunately applies to only a small number of wines. Not here. This is a Rosso of unusual pedigree and distinction. I imagine the 2011 will drink well to age ten, perhaps beyond. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2021. Antonio Galloni

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2009

89/100

The 2009 Rosso di Montalcino is a gorgeous wine bursting with dark red fruit. It shows plenty of harmony and fine overall balance. Sweet spices and flowers linger on the warm, radiant finish. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2017. 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

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2008

87/100

The 2008 Rosso di Montalcino is one of the better versions in this tricky vintage. A gorgeous bouquet bristling with Sangiovese aromas leads to red cherries, tobacco and earthiness. There is a plumpness and juiciness I find very attractive here. Some of the wilder, gamier notes typical of Sangiovese come through from time to time, but that notwithstanding, this is a lovely effort. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2013. 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

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2000

87/100

The soft, herbaceous, seductive 2000 Rosso di Montalcino is easy to drink as well as appreciate. It will not make old bones, but for enjoying over the next 2-3 years, this is a round, fruit-driven, cleanly made, charming Rosso. Robert M. Parker Jr.

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2015

90/100

Sweet, ripe cherry, spice, licorice and leather flavors course through the fleshy texture in this red. Balanced, with a dense matrix of tannins and fine length. Drink now through 2022. 3,500 cases made. Bruce Sanderson

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2014

89/100

Canalicchio di Sopra completes three rounds of bottling for this wine (in October, January and March). I tasted samples of the 2014 Rosso di Montalcino from both the first two rounds. This vintage saw a big Rosso di Montalcino production, as much of the fruit that may have been selected for the Brunello was put here instead. The wine is really very good and should offer great value for those looking for a delicious taste of Sangiovese in this difficult vintage. It is thick, bright and loaded with cherry and blueberry flavors. Considering the many challenges of the growing season, this estate has created a wonderfully fresh and forthcoming red wine. Monica Larner

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2013

88+/100

The 2013 Rosso di Montalcino shows soft tones of red cherry, wet earth, raspberry and blanched almond. There's a great sense of tightness and energy here that you don't get with many of the other Rosso wines of this warm vintage. The wine is aged one year, in both French and Slavonian oak respectively. There's isn't much heft in the mouth, but you get just enough to pair with egg fettuccine with butter and grated Parmigiano. Monica Larner

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2012

87/100

The 2012 Rosso di Montalcino is representative of an estate that has always taken great care to safeguard this often overlooked relative of Brunello. Having said that, the 2012 does not quiet live up to the fabulous 2011 Rosso - a wine I found immensely enjoyable. This is a deep and nicely saturated Rosso with ripe notes of spice, dark cherry, blackberry and distant hints of smoked bacon that fill in the rear. It's relatively straightforward (it macerates on the skins for 15 days and later ages for 12 months in oak cask) with soft layers of fresh fruit. Drink: 2014-2018. Monica Larner

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2010

90/100

This wine is a bright, plump and succulent expression of Sangiovese Grosso, showing easy, crisp structure enhanced by bold aromas of plum, leather and spice. There's a silky, fine nature to the polished tannins.

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2015

(REDS) -FINAL FOR THE 3 RED GLASSES / ROSSI - FINALE 3 BICCHIERI

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2014

89/100

Enticing scents of red berry, white pepper, chopped herb and purple flower take center stage on this vibrant red. The luminous palate doles out tart cherry, crushed raspberry and a hint of star anise while racy acidity and polished tannins provide support. Drink through 2017. KERIN O’KEEFE

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2012

88/100

This warm Rosso starts with aromas of toast, woodland berries and cake spices. The juicy palate offers dense black cherry accented with notes of vanilla, mocha and clove alongside assertive tannins. Enjoy it soon. KERIN O’KEEFE

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2011

90/100

This spicy rosso combines structure with sheer drinkability. It offers a beautiful bouquet of rose, violet and strawberry, while the palate reveals ripe black cherry, white pepper, tea and cinnamon flavors wrapped up in silky tannins. This is easily drinkable now, and best enjoyed young. KERIN O’KEEFE

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2008

88/100

You could easily pair this food-friendly Rosso di Montalcino with roasted chicken with rosemary potatoes and garlic. The nose here is bright and penetrating with earthy notes, mineral tones and loads of bright berry fruit. The mouthfeel is smooth and there's a touch of cherry sweetness as well.

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2018

92/100

This is a terrific wine that is one big step above your standard Rosso and one tiny step below your standard Brunello. The Canalicchio di Sopra 2018 Rosso di Montalcino is a fresh and versatile wine. The 2018 vintage was cool and had more rainfall than average. Windy conditions dried and helped to concentrate the fruit right before harvest. This wine is made from a selection of the estate's youngest vines, with about 90% of the fruit coming from the Canalicchio area and 10% from Montosoli. I had a glass with a delicious plate of vegetarian lasagna. This wine moves across the palate with steely precision, breaking up any cheese, butter or olive oil flavors along the way. It offers a snappy, lean to medium-weight drinking style with lots of freshness and enough texture to withstand some near-term cellar aging. This Rosso was bottled in November 2019 and released in January 2020. Not counting large format bottles, some 40,800 regular-sized bottles were produced. 
- Monica Larner 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2018

93/100

Vibrant red. Flinty red berries, violet and spices dominate the knockout nose. Then very pure, boasting a steely core of red fruit and floral flavors that linger impressively on the refined finish. One of the best Rossos of the vintage.
- Ian D'Agata 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2018

90/100

Riper and straightforward for a 2018 with a medium body, good fruit and a plum and light toffee aftertaste. Hint of juicy tannin at the end. Drink now.
- James Suckling 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2018

90/100

Sourced from the estate’s youngest vines and aged in a combination of large-format Slavonian oak casks and small French oak barrels. A delightful, mid-weight red with strawberry, red cherry, Mediterranean herbs and underlying black tea. Crunchy and carried by lively, refreshing acidity. Recently bottled, this needs a few months to come together.
- Michaela Morris 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2016

93+/100

This is a terrific new release from Canalicchio di Sopra that arrived just as we were going to print. The 2016 Rosso di Montalcino opens to an extraordinary nose that is tart and sweet, fruity and spicy all at once. The wine is so full and generous, it almost comes out of left field. I guarantee that you would not recognize it as a Rosso in a blind tasting. The mouthfeel is tight, compact and slightly sour or bitter, but the energy generated from all the volume on the bouquet is enough to win your heart and mind. This is one of the best Rossos I have ever tried. It's a super deal (some 22,300 were made) so grab a bottle before it disappears.
- Monica Larner 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2016

91+/100

The 2016 Rosso di Montalcino is a fabulous wine that could very well turn out to be even better than this note suggests once it softens a bit. A rush of sweet tobacco, licorice, black cherry, menthol and dark spice infuse this dark, potent Rosso with tons of character. Big yet well-integrated tannins suggest the 2016 will enjoy a long life in the cellar. In a word: superb!
- Antonio Galloni 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2016

92/100

A fruity Rosso di Montalcino with notes of blueberry tart, violets, dried basil and thyme. The palate shows some excellent structure, supported by quite muscular tannins and guided along a line of fresh acidity to a medium-chewy finish. Drink in 2020.
- James Suckling 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2016

17.5/20

Deep ruby. Reluctant and tight, yet classy nose with hints of oatmeal. Tightly wound and embryonic on the palate with a layer of sandy tannins. Great balance but needs at least another year in the bottle. 
- Wlater Speller 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2016

90/100

A mix of rose, strawberry and cherry flavors, this red is supple and elegant, with enough structure for balance. Firm finish. Drink now through 2021. 1,800 cases made, 800 cases imported.
- Bruce Sanderson 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2017

91/100

Canalicchio di Sopra pays special attention to its lower-end wines. I always like to point this out to readers in the search for great value from Tuscany. The 2017 Rosso di Montalcino is an immediate and enticing expression with soft layers of ripe cherry and black fruit. The wine is soft and velvety in texture with easy endnotes of cherry confit and crème de cassis. This is a great food wine. Some 25,675 bottles and 762 magnums were made.
- Monica Larner 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2017

90/100

The 2017 Rosso di Montalcino is positively gorgeous. Rich, racy and beautifully perfumed, the 2017 captures all of the radiance of the year in a mid-weight style that is hugely appealing. Even with all of its intensity, the 2017 offers terrific freshness. This is such an arrestingly beautiful wine.
- Antonio Galloni 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2017

92/100

There’s really good ripeness to this Rosso di Montalcino with orange rind, raspberries and spices, as well as undertones of tobacco. Real depth to the firm tannins and a medium-chewy finish. Drink now.
- James Suckling 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2017

17+/20

Mid ruby with the beginning of orange. Fine concentrated nose with minerally hints. Concentrated, almost plush fruit on the palate with muscular tannins and completely integrated acidity that peeks up on the finish. Very impressive and ideally should get an additional year in bottle
- Walter Speller 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2019

91+/100

The 2019 Rosso di Montalcino requires a bit of time to blossom in the glass; yet patience is rewarded, as an air of smoky minerals and peppery herbs slowly evolves into a perfumed display of wild strawberries, rose hips and flowery undergrowth. This is soft and supple, seeming almost fleshy at first, yet it gains harmony through a savory mix of mineral-tinged red berries and spices. A subtle film of fine tannin lingers, yet the mouth waters for more, as this literally buzzes with residual energy while inner florals slowly fade.
- Eric Guido 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2019

94/100

Da uve sangiovese, matura almeno 6 mesi in botte. Rubino cupo. Al naso marasca e frutti scuri di bella intensità. Tannino fine, succoso e con una progressione avvincente ed equilibrata e un finale in buona corrispondenza olfattiva.
- Riccardo Silla Viscardi, Stefania Vinciguerra

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2019

93/100

Sensuale ed accattivante questo giovane rosso offre note di tiglio, magnolia, ibisco ed acacia ben fuse a sentori di lamponi, ribes e ciliegie disidratate. Corpo medio-pieno, tannini rotondi estremamente polimerizzati ed un finale solido e compatto. Che bello. Uno dei migliori Rosso di Montalcino nella splendida annata 2019. Bevi ora.
- Raffaele Vecchione

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2019

92/100

Sweet cherries and berries with some walnut and orange peel. Medium-bodied, fresh and vivid. Lightly bitter finish. Drink now.
- James Suckling

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA

Produced mostly from our youngest vineyards, it represents our calling card for Canalicchio di Sopra wines: a young, fruity, and versatile expression of our Sangiovese. The first vintage was produced in 1980 when it was still called Red Wine from Brunello vines.

Wine type

DOC

Grape variety

Sangiovese 100%

Altitude

From 283 to 290 masl

Soil type

The Rosso di Montalcino "Canalicchio di Sopra" mainly comes from the vinayards located in the Canalicchio Cru, in a soil with marked clay component, very rich in intermediate elements such as magnesium, iron and Manganese. In some vintages a small percentual of the grapes can comes from Montosoli Cru, where the presence of marl guarantees sapidity and minerality.

Training System

Cordon trained and spur pruned

Vineyard
Winemaking
Aging
First year of production

1975

Production
Alcohol content

14.50%

Vintage climate
Notes

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2015

17,5/20

Mid-deep ruby. Concentrated cherry with a whiff of fruit cake. Elegant palate with a medium weight to it and succulent. Generous aromatic finish and beautifully built, firm tannins. Walter Speller

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2011

90/100

The estate’s 2011 Rosso di Montalcino is endowed with serious complexity and character. Tobacco, savory herbs, mint, anise and underbrush are some of the many aromas and flavors found in this Rosso, a wine that stands out for its personality. Rosso is often sold as a mini-Brunello, a label that unfortunately applies to only a small number of wines. Not here. This is a Rosso of unusual pedigree and distinction. I imagine the 2011 will drink well to age ten, perhaps beyond. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2021. Antonio Galloni

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2009

89/100

The 2009 Rosso di Montalcino is a gorgeous wine bursting with dark red fruit. It shows plenty of harmony and fine overall balance. Sweet spices and flowers linger on the warm, radiant finish. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2017. 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

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2008

87/100

The 2008 Rosso di Montalcino is one of the better versions in this tricky vintage. A gorgeous bouquet bristling with Sangiovese aromas leads to red cherries, tobacco and earthiness. There is a plumpness and juiciness I find very attractive here. Some of the wilder, gamier notes typical of Sangiovese come through from time to time, but that notwithstanding, this is a lovely effort. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2013. 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

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2000

87/100

The soft, herbaceous, seductive 2000 Rosso di Montalcino is easy to drink as well as appreciate. It will not make old bones, but for enjoying over the next 2-3 years, this is a round, fruit-driven, cleanly made, charming Rosso. Robert M. Parker Jr.

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2015

90/100

Sweet, ripe cherry, spice, licorice and leather flavors course through the fleshy texture in this red. Balanced, with a dense matrix of tannins and fine length. Drink now through 2022. 3,500 cases made. Bruce Sanderson

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2014

89/100

Canalicchio di Sopra completes three rounds of bottling for this wine (in October, January and March). I tasted samples of the 2014 Rosso di Montalcino from both the first two rounds. This vintage saw a big Rosso di Montalcino production, as much of the fruit that may have been selected for the Brunello was put here instead. The wine is really very good and should offer great value for those looking for a delicious taste of Sangiovese in this difficult vintage. It is thick, bright and loaded with cherry and blueberry flavors. Considering the many challenges of the growing season, this estate has created a wonderfully fresh and forthcoming red wine. Monica Larner

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2013

88+/100

The 2013 Rosso di Montalcino shows soft tones of red cherry, wet earth, raspberry and blanched almond. There's a great sense of tightness and energy here that you don't get with many of the other Rosso wines of this warm vintage. The wine is aged one year, in both French and Slavonian oak respectively. There's isn't much heft in the mouth, but you get just enough to pair with egg fettuccine with butter and grated Parmigiano. Monica Larner

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2012

87/100

The 2012 Rosso di Montalcino is representative of an estate that has always taken great care to safeguard this often overlooked relative of Brunello. Having said that, the 2012 does not quiet live up to the fabulous 2011 Rosso - a wine I found immensely enjoyable. This is a deep and nicely saturated Rosso with ripe notes of spice, dark cherry, blackberry and distant hints of smoked bacon that fill in the rear. It's relatively straightforward (it macerates on the skins for 15 days and later ages for 12 months in oak cask) with soft layers of fresh fruit. Drink: 2014-2018. Monica Larner

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2010

90/100

This wine is a bright, plump and succulent expression of Sangiovese Grosso, showing easy, crisp structure enhanced by bold aromas of plum, leather and spice. There's a silky, fine nature to the polished tannins.

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2015

(REDS) -FINAL FOR THE 3 RED GLASSES / ROSSI - FINALE 3 BICCHIERI

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2014

89/100

Enticing scents of red berry, white pepper, chopped herb and purple flower take center stage on this vibrant red. The luminous palate doles out tart cherry, crushed raspberry and a hint of star anise while racy acidity and polished tannins provide support. Drink through 2017. KERIN O’KEEFE

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2012

88/100

This warm Rosso starts with aromas of toast, woodland berries and cake spices. The juicy palate offers dense black cherry accented with notes of vanilla, mocha and clove alongside assertive tannins. Enjoy it soon. KERIN O’KEEFE

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2011

90/100

This spicy rosso combines structure with sheer drinkability. It offers a beautiful bouquet of rose, violet and strawberry, while the palate reveals ripe black cherry, white pepper, tea and cinnamon flavors wrapped up in silky tannins. This is easily drinkable now, and best enjoyed young. KERIN O’KEEFE

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2008

88/100

You could easily pair this food-friendly Rosso di Montalcino with roasted chicken with rosemary potatoes and garlic. The nose here is bright and penetrating with earthy notes, mineral tones and loads of bright berry fruit. The mouthfeel is smooth and there's a touch of cherry sweetness as well.

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2018

92/100

This is a terrific wine that is one big step above your standard Rosso and one tiny step below your standard Brunello. The Canalicchio di Sopra 2018 Rosso di Montalcino is a fresh and versatile wine. The 2018 vintage was cool and had more rainfall than average. Windy conditions dried and helped to concentrate the fruit right before harvest. This wine is made from a selection of the estate's youngest vines, with about 90% of the fruit coming from the Canalicchio area and 10% from Montosoli. I had a glass with a delicious plate of vegetarian lasagna. This wine moves across the palate with steely precision, breaking up any cheese, butter or olive oil flavors along the way. It offers a snappy, lean to medium-weight drinking style with lots of freshness and enough texture to withstand some near-term cellar aging. This Rosso was bottled in November 2019 and released in January 2020. Not counting large format bottles, some 40,800 regular-sized bottles were produced. 
- Monica Larner 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2018

93/100

Vibrant red. Flinty red berries, violet and spices dominate the knockout nose. Then very pure, boasting a steely core of red fruit and floral flavors that linger impressively on the refined finish. One of the best Rossos of the vintage.
- Ian D'Agata 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2018

90/100

Riper and straightforward for a 2018 with a medium body, good fruit and a plum and light toffee aftertaste. Hint of juicy tannin at the end. Drink now.
- James Suckling 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2018

90/100

Sourced from the estate’s youngest vines and aged in a combination of large-format Slavonian oak casks and small French oak barrels. A delightful, mid-weight red with strawberry, red cherry, Mediterranean herbs and underlying black tea. Crunchy and carried by lively, refreshing acidity. Recently bottled, this needs a few months to come together.
- Michaela Morris 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2016

93+/100

This is a terrific new release from Canalicchio di Sopra that arrived just as we were going to print. The 2016 Rosso di Montalcino opens to an extraordinary nose that is tart and sweet, fruity and spicy all at once. The wine is so full and generous, it almost comes out of left field. I guarantee that you would not recognize it as a Rosso in a blind tasting. The mouthfeel is tight, compact and slightly sour or bitter, but the energy generated from all the volume on the bouquet is enough to win your heart and mind. This is one of the best Rossos I have ever tried. It's a super deal (some 22,300 were made) so grab a bottle before it disappears.
- Monica Larner 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2016

91+/100

The 2016 Rosso di Montalcino is a fabulous wine that could very well turn out to be even better than this note suggests once it softens a bit. A rush of sweet tobacco, licorice, black cherry, menthol and dark spice infuse this dark, potent Rosso with tons of character. Big yet well-integrated tannins suggest the 2016 will enjoy a long life in the cellar. In a word: superb!
- Antonio Galloni 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2016

92/100

A fruity Rosso di Montalcino with notes of blueberry tart, violets, dried basil and thyme. The palate shows some excellent structure, supported by quite muscular tannins and guided along a line of fresh acidity to a medium-chewy finish. Drink in 2020.
- James Suckling 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2016

17.5/20

Deep ruby. Reluctant and tight, yet classy nose with hints of oatmeal. Tightly wound and embryonic on the palate with a layer of sandy tannins. Great balance but needs at least another year in the bottle. 
- Wlater Speller 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2016

90/100

A mix of rose, strawberry and cherry flavors, this red is supple and elegant, with enough structure for balance. Firm finish. Drink now through 2021. 1,800 cases made, 800 cases imported.
- Bruce Sanderson 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2017

91/100

Canalicchio di Sopra pays special attention to its lower-end wines. I always like to point this out to readers in the search for great value from Tuscany. The 2017 Rosso di Montalcino is an immediate and enticing expression with soft layers of ripe cherry and black fruit. The wine is soft and velvety in texture with easy endnotes of cherry confit and crème de cassis. This is a great food wine. Some 25,675 bottles and 762 magnums were made.
- Monica Larner 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2017

90/100

The 2017 Rosso di Montalcino is positively gorgeous. Rich, racy and beautifully perfumed, the 2017 captures all of the radiance of the year in a mid-weight style that is hugely appealing. Even with all of its intensity, the 2017 offers terrific freshness. This is such an arrestingly beautiful wine.
- Antonio Galloni 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2017

92/100

There’s really good ripeness to this Rosso di Montalcino with orange rind, raspberries and spices, as well as undertones of tobacco. Real depth to the firm tannins and a medium-chewy finish. Drink now.
- James Suckling 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2017

17+/20

Mid ruby with the beginning of orange. Fine concentrated nose with minerally hints. Concentrated, almost plush fruit on the palate with muscular tannins and completely integrated acidity that peeks up on the finish. Very impressive and ideally should get an additional year in bottle
- Walter Speller 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2019

91+/100

The 2019 Rosso di Montalcino requires a bit of time to blossom in the glass; yet patience is rewarded, as an air of smoky minerals and peppery herbs slowly evolves into a perfumed display of wild strawberries, rose hips and flowery undergrowth. This is soft and supple, seeming almost fleshy at first, yet it gains harmony through a savory mix of mineral-tinged red berries and spices. A subtle film of fine tannin lingers, yet the mouth waters for more, as this literally buzzes with residual energy while inner florals slowly fade.
- Eric Guido 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2019

94/100

Da uve sangiovese, matura almeno 6 mesi in botte. Rubino cupo. Al naso marasca e frutti scuri di bella intensità. Tannino fine, succoso e con una progressione avvincente ed equilibrata e un finale in buona corrispondenza olfattiva.
- Riccardo Silla Viscardi, Stefania Vinciguerra

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2019

93/100

Sensuale ed accattivante questo giovane rosso offre note di tiglio, magnolia, ibisco ed acacia ben fuse a sentori di lamponi, ribes e ciliegie disidratate. Corpo medio-pieno, tannini rotondi estremamente polimerizzati ed un finale solido e compatto. Che bello. Uno dei migliori Rosso di Montalcino nella splendida annata 2019. Bevi ora.
- Raffaele Vecchione

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2019

92/100

Sweet cherries and berries with some walnut and orange peel. Medium-bodied, fresh and vivid. Lightly bitter finish. Drink now.
- James Suckling

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA

Produced mostly from our youngest vineyards, it represents our calling card for Canalicchio di Sopra wines: a young, fruity, and versatile expression of our Sangiovese. The first vintage was produced in 1980 when it was still called Red Wine from Brunello vines.

Wine type

DOC

Grape variety

Sangiovese 100%

Altitude

From 283 to 290 masl

Soil type

The Rosso di Montalcino "Canalicchio di Sopra" mainly comes from the vinayards located in the Canalicchio Cru, in a soil with marked clay component, very rich in intermediate elements such as magnesium, iron and Manganese. In some vintages a small percentual of the grapes can comes from Montosoli Cru, where the presence of marl guarantees sapidity and minerality.

Training System

Cordon trained and spur pruned

Vineyard
Winemaking
Aging
First year of production

1975

Production
Alcohol content

14.50%

Vintage climate
Notes

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2015

17,5/20

Mid-deep ruby. Concentrated cherry with a whiff of fruit cake. Elegant palate with a medium weight to it and succulent. Generous aromatic finish and beautifully built, firm tannins. Walter Speller

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2011

90/100

The estate’s 2011 Rosso di Montalcino is endowed with serious complexity and character. Tobacco, savory herbs, mint, anise and underbrush are some of the many aromas and flavors found in this Rosso, a wine that stands out for its personality. Rosso is often sold as a mini-Brunello, a label that unfortunately applies to only a small number of wines. Not here. This is a Rosso of unusual pedigree and distinction. I imagine the 2011 will drink well to age ten, perhaps beyond. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2021. Antonio Galloni

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2009

89/100

The 2009 Rosso di Montalcino is a gorgeous wine bursting with dark red fruit. It shows plenty of harmony and fine overall balance. Sweet spices and flowers linger on the warm, radiant finish. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2017. 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

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2008

87/100

The 2008 Rosso di Montalcino is one of the better versions in this tricky vintage. A gorgeous bouquet bristling with Sangiovese aromas leads to red cherries, tobacco and earthiness. There is a plumpness and juiciness I find very attractive here. Some of the wilder, gamier notes typical of Sangiovese come through from time to time, but that notwithstanding, this is a lovely effort. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2013. 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

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2000

87/100

The soft, herbaceous, seductive 2000 Rosso di Montalcino is easy to drink as well as appreciate. It will not make old bones, but for enjoying over the next 2-3 years, this is a round, fruit-driven, cleanly made, charming Rosso. Robert M. Parker Jr.

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2015

90/100

Sweet, ripe cherry, spice, licorice and leather flavors course through the fleshy texture in this red. Balanced, with a dense matrix of tannins and fine length. Drink now through 2022. 3,500 cases made. Bruce Sanderson

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2014

89/100

Canalicchio di Sopra completes three rounds of bottling for this wine (in October, January and March). I tasted samples of the 2014 Rosso di Montalcino from both the first two rounds. This vintage saw a big Rosso di Montalcino production, as much of the fruit that may have been selected for the Brunello was put here instead. The wine is really very good and should offer great value for those looking for a delicious taste of Sangiovese in this difficult vintage. It is thick, bright and loaded with cherry and blueberry flavors. Considering the many challenges of the growing season, this estate has created a wonderfully fresh and forthcoming red wine. Monica Larner

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2013

88+/100

The 2013 Rosso di Montalcino shows soft tones of red cherry, wet earth, raspberry and blanched almond. There's a great sense of tightness and energy here that you don't get with many of the other Rosso wines of this warm vintage. The wine is aged one year, in both French and Slavonian oak respectively. There's isn't much heft in the mouth, but you get just enough to pair with egg fettuccine with butter and grated Parmigiano. Monica Larner

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2012

87/100

The 2012 Rosso di Montalcino is representative of an estate that has always taken great care to safeguard this often overlooked relative of Brunello. Having said that, the 2012 does not quiet live up to the fabulous 2011 Rosso - a wine I found immensely enjoyable. This is a deep and nicely saturated Rosso with ripe notes of spice, dark cherry, blackberry and distant hints of smoked bacon that fill in the rear. It's relatively straightforward (it macerates on the skins for 15 days and later ages for 12 months in oak cask) with soft layers of fresh fruit. Drink: 2014-2018. Monica Larner

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2010

90/100

This wine is a bright, plump and succulent expression of Sangiovese Grosso, showing easy, crisp structure enhanced by bold aromas of plum, leather and spice. There's a silky, fine nature to the polished tannins.

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2015

(REDS) -FINAL FOR THE 3 RED GLASSES / ROSSI - FINALE 3 BICCHIERI

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2014

89/100

Enticing scents of red berry, white pepper, chopped herb and purple flower take center stage on this vibrant red. The luminous palate doles out tart cherry, crushed raspberry and a hint of star anise while racy acidity and polished tannins provide support. Drink through 2017. KERIN O’KEEFE

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2012

88/100

This warm Rosso starts with aromas of toast, woodland berries and cake spices. The juicy palate offers dense black cherry accented with notes of vanilla, mocha and clove alongside assertive tannins. Enjoy it soon. KERIN O’KEEFE

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2011

90/100

This spicy rosso combines structure with sheer drinkability. It offers a beautiful bouquet of rose, violet and strawberry, while the palate reveals ripe black cherry, white pepper, tea and cinnamon flavors wrapped up in silky tannins. This is easily drinkable now, and best enjoyed young. KERIN O’KEEFE

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2008

88/100

You could easily pair this food-friendly Rosso di Montalcino with roasted chicken with rosemary potatoes and garlic. The nose here is bright and penetrating with earthy notes, mineral tones and loads of bright berry fruit. The mouthfeel is smooth and there's a touch of cherry sweetness as well.

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2018

92/100

This is a terrific wine that is one big step above your standard Rosso and one tiny step below your standard Brunello. The Canalicchio di Sopra 2018 Rosso di Montalcino is a fresh and versatile wine. The 2018 vintage was cool and had more rainfall than average. Windy conditions dried and helped to concentrate the fruit right before harvest. This wine is made from a selection of the estate's youngest vines, with about 90% of the fruit coming from the Canalicchio area and 10% from Montosoli. I had a glass with a delicious plate of vegetarian lasagna. This wine moves across the palate with steely precision, breaking up any cheese, butter or olive oil flavors along the way. It offers a snappy, lean to medium-weight drinking style with lots of freshness and enough texture to withstand some near-term cellar aging. This Rosso was bottled in November 2019 and released in January 2020. Not counting large format bottles, some 40,800 regular-sized bottles were produced. 
- Monica Larner 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2018

93/100

Vibrant red. Flinty red berries, violet and spices dominate the knockout nose. Then very pure, boasting a steely core of red fruit and floral flavors that linger impressively on the refined finish. One of the best Rossos of the vintage.
- Ian D'Agata 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2018

90/100

Riper and straightforward for a 2018 with a medium body, good fruit and a plum and light toffee aftertaste. Hint of juicy tannin at the end. Drink now.
- James Suckling 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2018

90/100

Sourced from the estate’s youngest vines and aged in a combination of large-format Slavonian oak casks and small French oak barrels. A delightful, mid-weight red with strawberry, red cherry, Mediterranean herbs and underlying black tea. Crunchy and carried by lively, refreshing acidity. Recently bottled, this needs a few months to come together.
- Michaela Morris 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2016

93+/100

This is a terrific new release from Canalicchio di Sopra that arrived just as we were going to print. The 2016 Rosso di Montalcino opens to an extraordinary nose that is tart and sweet, fruity and spicy all at once. The wine is so full and generous, it almost comes out of left field. I guarantee that you would not recognize it as a Rosso in a blind tasting. The mouthfeel is tight, compact and slightly sour or bitter, but the energy generated from all the volume on the bouquet is enough to win your heart and mind. This is one of the best Rossos I have ever tried. It's a super deal (some 22,300 were made) so grab a bottle before it disappears.
- Monica Larner 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2016

91+/100

The 2016 Rosso di Montalcino is a fabulous wine that could very well turn out to be even better than this note suggests once it softens a bit. A rush of sweet tobacco, licorice, black cherry, menthol and dark spice infuse this dark, potent Rosso with tons of character. Big yet well-integrated tannins suggest the 2016 will enjoy a long life in the cellar. In a word: superb!
- Antonio Galloni 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2016

92/100

A fruity Rosso di Montalcino with notes of blueberry tart, violets, dried basil and thyme. The palate shows some excellent structure, supported by quite muscular tannins and guided along a line of fresh acidity to a medium-chewy finish. Drink in 2020.
- James Suckling 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2016

17.5/20

Deep ruby. Reluctant and tight, yet classy nose with hints of oatmeal. Tightly wound and embryonic on the palate with a layer of sandy tannins. Great balance but needs at least another year in the bottle. 
- Wlater Speller 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2016

90/100

A mix of rose, strawberry and cherry flavors, this red is supple and elegant, with enough structure for balance. Firm finish. Drink now through 2021. 1,800 cases made, 800 cases imported.
- Bruce Sanderson 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2017

91/100

Canalicchio di Sopra pays special attention to its lower-end wines. I always like to point this out to readers in the search for great value from Tuscany. The 2017 Rosso di Montalcino is an immediate and enticing expression with soft layers of ripe cherry and black fruit. The wine is soft and velvety in texture with easy endnotes of cherry confit and crème de cassis. This is a great food wine. Some 25,675 bottles and 762 magnums were made.
- Monica Larner 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2017

90/100

The 2017 Rosso di Montalcino is positively gorgeous. Rich, racy and beautifully perfumed, the 2017 captures all of the radiance of the year in a mid-weight style that is hugely appealing. Even with all of its intensity, the 2017 offers terrific freshness. This is such an arrestingly beautiful wine.
- Antonio Galloni 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2017

92/100

There’s really good ripeness to this Rosso di Montalcino with orange rind, raspberries and spices, as well as undertones of tobacco. Real depth to the firm tannins and a medium-chewy finish. Drink now.
- James Suckling 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2017

17+/20

Mid ruby with the beginning of orange. Fine concentrated nose with minerally hints. Concentrated, almost plush fruit on the palate with muscular tannins and completely integrated acidity that peeks up on the finish. Very impressive and ideally should get an additional year in bottle
- Walter Speller 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2019

91+/100

The 2019 Rosso di Montalcino requires a bit of time to blossom in the glass; yet patience is rewarded, as an air of smoky minerals and peppery herbs slowly evolves into a perfumed display of wild strawberries, rose hips and flowery undergrowth. This is soft and supple, seeming almost fleshy at first, yet it gains harmony through a savory mix of mineral-tinged red berries and spices. A subtle film of fine tannin lingers, yet the mouth waters for more, as this literally buzzes with residual energy while inner florals slowly fade.
- Eric Guido 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2019

94/100

Da uve sangiovese, matura almeno 6 mesi in botte. Rubino cupo. Al naso marasca e frutti scuri di bella intensità. Tannino fine, succoso e con una progressione avvincente ed equilibrata e un finale in buona corrispondenza olfattiva.
- Riccardo Silla Viscardi, Stefania Vinciguerra

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2019

93/100

Sensuale ed accattivante questo giovane rosso offre note di tiglio, magnolia, ibisco ed acacia ben fuse a sentori di lamponi, ribes e ciliegie disidratate. Corpo medio-pieno, tannini rotondi estremamente polimerizzati ed un finale solido e compatto. Che bello. Uno dei migliori Rosso di Montalcino nella splendida annata 2019. Bevi ora.
- Raffaele Vecchione

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2019

92/100

Sweet cherries and berries with some walnut and orange peel. Medium-bodied, fresh and vivid. Lightly bitter finish. Drink now.
- James Suckling

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA

Produced mostly from our youngest vineyards, it represents our calling card for Canalicchio di Sopra wines: a young, fruity, and versatile expression of our Sangiovese. The first vintage was produced in 1980 when it was still called Red Wine from Brunello vines.

Wine type

DOC

Grape variety

Sangiovese 100%

Altitude

From 283 to 290 masl

Soil type

The Rosso di Montalcino "Canalicchio di Sopra" mainly comes from the vinayards located in the Canalicchio Cru, in a soil with marked clay component, very rich in intermediate elements such as magnesium, iron and Manganese. In some vintages a small percentual of the grapes can comes from Montosoli Cru, where the presence of marl guarantees sapidity and minerality.

Training System

Cordon trained and spur pruned

Vineyard
Winemaking
Aging
First year of production

1975

Production
Alcohol content

14.50%

Vintage climate
Notes

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2015

17,5/20

Mid-deep ruby. Concentrated cherry with a whiff of fruit cake. Elegant palate with a medium weight to it and succulent. Generous aromatic finish and beautifully built, firm tannins. Walter Speller

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2011

90/100

The estate’s 2011 Rosso di Montalcino is endowed with serious complexity and character. Tobacco, savory herbs, mint, anise and underbrush are some of the many aromas and flavors found in this Rosso, a wine that stands out for its personality. Rosso is often sold as a mini-Brunello, a label that unfortunately applies to only a small number of wines. Not here. This is a Rosso of unusual pedigree and distinction. I imagine the 2011 will drink well to age ten, perhaps beyond. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2021. Antonio Galloni

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2009

89/100

The 2009 Rosso di Montalcino is a gorgeous wine bursting with dark red fruit. It shows plenty of harmony and fine overall balance. Sweet spices and flowers linger on the warm, radiant finish. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2017. 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

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2008

87/100

The 2008 Rosso di Montalcino is one of the better versions in this tricky vintage. A gorgeous bouquet bristling with Sangiovese aromas leads to red cherries, tobacco and earthiness. There is a plumpness and juiciness I find very attractive here. Some of the wilder, gamier notes typical of Sangiovese come through from time to time, but that notwithstanding, this is a lovely effort. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2013. 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

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2000

87/100

The soft, herbaceous, seductive 2000 Rosso di Montalcino is easy to drink as well as appreciate. It will not make old bones, but for enjoying over the next 2-3 years, this is a round, fruit-driven, cleanly made, charming Rosso. Robert M. Parker Jr.

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2015

90/100

Sweet, ripe cherry, spice, licorice and leather flavors course through the fleshy texture in this red. Balanced, with a dense matrix of tannins and fine length. Drink now through 2022. 3,500 cases made. Bruce Sanderson

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2014

89/100

Canalicchio di Sopra completes three rounds of bottling for this wine (in October, January and March). I tasted samples of the 2014 Rosso di Montalcino from both the first two rounds. This vintage saw a big Rosso di Montalcino production, as much of the fruit that may have been selected for the Brunello was put here instead. The wine is really very good and should offer great value for those looking for a delicious taste of Sangiovese in this difficult vintage. It is thick, bright and loaded with cherry and blueberry flavors. Considering the many challenges of the growing season, this estate has created a wonderfully fresh and forthcoming red wine. Monica Larner

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2013

88+/100

The 2013 Rosso di Montalcino shows soft tones of red cherry, wet earth, raspberry and blanched almond. There's a great sense of tightness and energy here that you don't get with many of the other Rosso wines of this warm vintage. The wine is aged one year, in both French and Slavonian oak respectively. There's isn't much heft in the mouth, but you get just enough to pair with egg fettuccine with butter and grated Parmigiano. Monica Larner

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2012

87/100

The 2012 Rosso di Montalcino is representative of an estate that has always taken great care to safeguard this often overlooked relative of Brunello. Having said that, the 2012 does not quiet live up to the fabulous 2011 Rosso - a wine I found immensely enjoyable. This is a deep and nicely saturated Rosso with ripe notes of spice, dark cherry, blackberry and distant hints of smoked bacon that fill in the rear. It's relatively straightforward (it macerates on the skins for 15 days and later ages for 12 months in oak cask) with soft layers of fresh fruit. Drink: 2014-2018. Monica Larner

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2010

90/100

This wine is a bright, plump and succulent expression of Sangiovese Grosso, showing easy, crisp structure enhanced by bold aromas of plum, leather and spice. There's a silky, fine nature to the polished tannins.

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2015

(REDS) -FINAL FOR THE 3 RED GLASSES / ROSSI - FINALE 3 BICCHIERI

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2014

89/100

Enticing scents of red berry, white pepper, chopped herb and purple flower take center stage on this vibrant red. The luminous palate doles out tart cherry, crushed raspberry and a hint of star anise while racy acidity and polished tannins provide support. Drink through 2017. KERIN O’KEEFE

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2012

88/100

This warm Rosso starts with aromas of toast, woodland berries and cake spices. The juicy palate offers dense black cherry accented with notes of vanilla, mocha and clove alongside assertive tannins. Enjoy it soon. KERIN O’KEEFE

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2011

90/100

This spicy rosso combines structure with sheer drinkability. It offers a beautiful bouquet of rose, violet and strawberry, while the palate reveals ripe black cherry, white pepper, tea and cinnamon flavors wrapped up in silky tannins. This is easily drinkable now, and best enjoyed young. KERIN O’KEEFE

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2008

88/100

You could easily pair this food-friendly Rosso di Montalcino with roasted chicken with rosemary potatoes and garlic. The nose here is bright and penetrating with earthy notes, mineral tones and loads of bright berry fruit. The mouthfeel is smooth and there's a touch of cherry sweetness as well.

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2018

92/100

This is a terrific wine that is one big step above your standard Rosso and one tiny step below your standard Brunello. The Canalicchio di Sopra 2018 Rosso di Montalcino is a fresh and versatile wine. The 2018 vintage was cool and had more rainfall than average. Windy conditions dried and helped to concentrate the fruit right before harvest. This wine is made from a selection of the estate's youngest vines, with about 90% of the fruit coming from the Canalicchio area and 10% from Montosoli. I had a glass with a delicious plate of vegetarian lasagna. This wine moves across the palate with steely precision, breaking up any cheese, butter or olive oil flavors along the way. It offers a snappy, lean to medium-weight drinking style with lots of freshness and enough texture to withstand some near-term cellar aging. This Rosso was bottled in November 2019 and released in January 2020. Not counting large format bottles, some 40,800 regular-sized bottles were produced. 
- Monica Larner 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2018

93/100

Vibrant red. Flinty red berries, violet and spices dominate the knockout nose. Then very pure, boasting a steely core of red fruit and floral flavors that linger impressively on the refined finish. One of the best Rossos of the vintage.
- Ian D'Agata 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2018

90/100

Riper and straightforward for a 2018 with a medium body, good fruit and a plum and light toffee aftertaste. Hint of juicy tannin at the end. Drink now.
- James Suckling 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2018

90/100

Sourced from the estate’s youngest vines and aged in a combination of large-format Slavonian oak casks and small French oak barrels. A delightful, mid-weight red with strawberry, red cherry, Mediterranean herbs and underlying black tea. Crunchy and carried by lively, refreshing acidity. Recently bottled, this needs a few months to come together.
- Michaela Morris 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2016

93+/100

This is a terrific new release from Canalicchio di Sopra that arrived just as we were going to print. The 2016 Rosso di Montalcino opens to an extraordinary nose that is tart and sweet, fruity and spicy all at once. The wine is so full and generous, it almost comes out of left field. I guarantee that you would not recognize it as a Rosso in a blind tasting. The mouthfeel is tight, compact and slightly sour or bitter, but the energy generated from all the volume on the bouquet is enough to win your heart and mind. This is one of the best Rossos I have ever tried. It's a super deal (some 22,300 were made) so grab a bottle before it disappears.
- Monica Larner 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2016

91+/100

The 2016 Rosso di Montalcino is a fabulous wine that could very well turn out to be even better than this note suggests once it softens a bit. A rush of sweet tobacco, licorice, black cherry, menthol and dark spice infuse this dark, potent Rosso with tons of character. Big yet well-integrated tannins suggest the 2016 will enjoy a long life in the cellar. In a word: superb!
- Antonio Galloni 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2016

92/100

A fruity Rosso di Montalcino with notes of blueberry tart, violets, dried basil and thyme. The palate shows some excellent structure, supported by quite muscular tannins and guided along a line of fresh acidity to a medium-chewy finish. Drink in 2020.
- James Suckling 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2016

17.5/20

Deep ruby. Reluctant and tight, yet classy nose with hints of oatmeal. Tightly wound and embryonic on the palate with a layer of sandy tannins. Great balance but needs at least another year in the bottle. 
- Wlater Speller 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2016

90/100

A mix of rose, strawberry and cherry flavors, this red is supple and elegant, with enough structure for balance. Firm finish. Drink now through 2021. 1,800 cases made, 800 cases imported.
- Bruce Sanderson 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2017

91/100

Canalicchio di Sopra pays special attention to its lower-end wines. I always like to point this out to readers in the search for great value from Tuscany. The 2017 Rosso di Montalcino is an immediate and enticing expression with soft layers of ripe cherry and black fruit. The wine is soft and velvety in texture with easy endnotes of cherry confit and crème de cassis. This is a great food wine. Some 25,675 bottles and 762 magnums were made.
- Monica Larner 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2017

90/100

The 2017 Rosso di Montalcino is positively gorgeous. Rich, racy and beautifully perfumed, the 2017 captures all of the radiance of the year in a mid-weight style that is hugely appealing. Even with all of its intensity, the 2017 offers terrific freshness. This is such an arrestingly beautiful wine.
- Antonio Galloni 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2017

92/100

There’s really good ripeness to this Rosso di Montalcino with orange rind, raspberries and spices, as well as undertones of tobacco. Real depth to the firm tannins and a medium-chewy finish. Drink now.
- James Suckling 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2017

17+/20

Mid ruby with the beginning of orange. Fine concentrated nose with minerally hints. Concentrated, almost plush fruit on the palate with muscular tannins and completely integrated acidity that peeks up on the finish. Very impressive and ideally should get an additional year in bottle
- Walter Speller 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2019

91+/100

The 2019 Rosso di Montalcino requires a bit of time to blossom in the glass; yet patience is rewarded, as an air of smoky minerals and peppery herbs slowly evolves into a perfumed display of wild strawberries, rose hips and flowery undergrowth. This is soft and supple, seeming almost fleshy at first, yet it gains harmony through a savory mix of mineral-tinged red berries and spices. A subtle film of fine tannin lingers, yet the mouth waters for more, as this literally buzzes with residual energy while inner florals slowly fade.
- Eric Guido 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2019

94/100

Da uve sangiovese, matura almeno 6 mesi in botte. Rubino cupo. Al naso marasca e frutti scuri di bella intensità. Tannino fine, succoso e con una progressione avvincente ed equilibrata e un finale in buona corrispondenza olfattiva.
- Riccardo Silla Viscardi, Stefania Vinciguerra

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2019

93/100

Sensuale ed accattivante questo giovane rosso offre note di tiglio, magnolia, ibisco ed acacia ben fuse a sentori di lamponi, ribes e ciliegie disidratate. Corpo medio-pieno, tannini rotondi estremamente polimerizzati ed un finale solido e compatto. Che bello. Uno dei migliori Rosso di Montalcino nella splendida annata 2019. Bevi ora.
- Raffaele Vecchione

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2019

92/100

Sweet cherries and berries with some walnut and orange peel. Medium-bodied, fresh and vivid. Lightly bitter finish. Drink now.
- James Suckling

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Produced mostly from our youngest vineyards, it represents our calling card for Canalicchio di Sopra wines: a young, fruity, and versatile expression of our Sangiovese. The first vintage was produced in 1980 when it was still called Red Wine from Brunello vines.

Wine type

DOC

Grape variety

Sangiovese 100%

Altitude

From 283 to 290 masl

Soil type

The Rosso di Montalcino "Canalicchio di Sopra" mainly comes from the vinayards located in the Canalicchio Cru, in a soil with marked clay component, very rich in intermediate elements such as magnesium, iron and Manganese. In some vintages a small percentual of the grapes can comes from Montosoli Cru, where the presence of marl guarantees sapidity and minerality.

Training System

Cordon trained and spur pruned

Vineyard
Winemaking
Aging
First year of production

1975

Production
Alcohol content

14.50%

Vintage climate
Notes

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2015

17,5/20

Mid-deep ruby. Concentrated cherry with a whiff of fruit cake. Elegant palate with a medium weight to it and succulent. Generous aromatic finish and beautifully built, firm tannins. Walter Speller

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2011

90/100

The estate’s 2011 Rosso di Montalcino is endowed with serious complexity and character. Tobacco, savory herbs, mint, anise and underbrush are some of the many aromas and flavors found in this Rosso, a wine that stands out for its personality. Rosso is often sold as a mini-Brunello, a label that unfortunately applies to only a small number of wines. Not here. This is a Rosso of unusual pedigree and distinction. I imagine the 2011 will drink well to age ten, perhaps beyond. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2021. Antonio Galloni

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2009

89/100

The 2009 Rosso di Montalcino is a gorgeous wine bursting with dark red fruit. It shows plenty of harmony and fine overall balance. Sweet spices and flowers linger on the warm, radiant finish. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2017. 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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2008

87/100

The 2008 Rosso di Montalcino is one of the better versions in this tricky vintage. A gorgeous bouquet bristling with Sangiovese aromas leads to red cherries, tobacco and earthiness. There is a plumpness and juiciness I find very attractive here. Some of the wilder, gamier notes typical of Sangiovese come through from time to time, but that notwithstanding, this is a lovely effort. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2013. 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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2000

87/100

The soft, herbaceous, seductive 2000 Rosso di Montalcino is easy to drink as well as appreciate. It will not make old bones, but for enjoying over the next 2-3 years, this is a round, fruit-driven, cleanly made, charming Rosso. Robert M. Parker Jr.

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2015

90/100

Sweet, ripe cherry, spice, licorice and leather flavors course through the fleshy texture in this red. Balanced, with a dense matrix of tannins and fine length. Drink now through 2022. 3,500 cases made. Bruce Sanderson

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2014

89/100

Canalicchio di Sopra completes three rounds of bottling for this wine (in October, January and March). I tasted samples of the 2014 Rosso di Montalcino from both the first two rounds. This vintage saw a big Rosso di Montalcino production, as much of the fruit that may have been selected for the Brunello was put here instead. The wine is really very good and should offer great value for those looking for a delicious taste of Sangiovese in this difficult vintage. It is thick, bright and loaded with cherry and blueberry flavors. Considering the many challenges of the growing season, this estate has created a wonderfully fresh and forthcoming red wine. Monica Larner

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2013

88+/100

The 2013 Rosso di Montalcino shows soft tones of red cherry, wet earth, raspberry and blanched almond. There's a great sense of tightness and energy here that you don't get with many of the other Rosso wines of this warm vintage. The wine is aged one year, in both French and Slavonian oak respectively. There's isn't much heft in the mouth, but you get just enough to pair with egg fettuccine with butter and grated Parmigiano. Monica Larner

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2012

87/100

The 2012 Rosso di Montalcino is representative of an estate that has always taken great care to safeguard this often overlooked relative of Brunello. Having said that, the 2012 does not quiet live up to the fabulous 2011 Rosso - a wine I found immensely enjoyable. This is a deep and nicely saturated Rosso with ripe notes of spice, dark cherry, blackberry and distant hints of smoked bacon that fill in the rear. It's relatively straightforward (it macerates on the skins for 15 days and later ages for 12 months in oak cask) with soft layers of fresh fruit. Drink: 2014-2018. Monica Larner

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2010

90/100

This wine is a bright, plump and succulent expression of Sangiovese Grosso, showing easy, crisp structure enhanced by bold aromas of plum, leather and spice. There's a silky, fine nature to the polished tannins.

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2015

(REDS) -FINAL FOR THE 3 RED GLASSES / ROSSI - FINALE 3 BICCHIERI

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2014

89/100

Enticing scents of red berry, white pepper, chopped herb and purple flower take center stage on this vibrant red. The luminous palate doles out tart cherry, crushed raspberry and a hint of star anise while racy acidity and polished tannins provide support. Drink through 2017. KERIN O’KEEFE

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2012

88/100

This warm Rosso starts with aromas of toast, woodland berries and cake spices. The juicy palate offers dense black cherry accented with notes of vanilla, mocha and clove alongside assertive tannins. Enjoy it soon. KERIN O’KEEFE

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2011

90/100

This spicy rosso combines structure with sheer drinkability. It offers a beautiful bouquet of rose, violet and strawberry, while the palate reveals ripe black cherry, white pepper, tea and cinnamon flavors wrapped up in silky tannins. This is easily drinkable now, and best enjoyed young. KERIN O’KEEFE

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2008

88/100

You could easily pair this food-friendly Rosso di Montalcino with roasted chicken with rosemary potatoes and garlic. The nose here is bright and penetrating with earthy notes, mineral tones and loads of bright berry fruit. The mouthfeel is smooth and there's a touch of cherry sweetness as well.

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2018

92/100

This is a terrific wine that is one big step above your standard Rosso and one tiny step below your standard Brunello. The Canalicchio di Sopra 2018 Rosso di Montalcino is a fresh and versatile wine. The 2018 vintage was cool and had more rainfall than average. Windy conditions dried and helped to concentrate the fruit right before harvest. This wine is made from a selection of the estate's youngest vines, with about 90% of the fruit coming from the Canalicchio area and 10% from Montosoli. I had a glass with a delicious plate of vegetarian lasagna. This wine moves across the palate with steely precision, breaking up any cheese, butter or olive oil flavors along the way. It offers a snappy, lean to medium-weight drinking style with lots of freshness and enough texture to withstand some near-term cellar aging. This Rosso was bottled in November 2019 and released in January 2020. Not counting large format bottles, some 40,800 regular-sized bottles were produced. 
- Monica Larner