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 soli 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.

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.

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

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 soli 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.

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

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

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 soli 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.

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.

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

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
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

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
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

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
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

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
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

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
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

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
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

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
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

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
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

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
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

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
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

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
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

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
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

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
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

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
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

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
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

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
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

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
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

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
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

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
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

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
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

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
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

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
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

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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.

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA
2015

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