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Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

21 • 02 • 2020
annata 2015
score 97/100

A significant new release for Canalicchio di Sopra, La Casaccia is a single vineyard close to the winery in the district of Canalicchio, north of the town of Montalcino. Comparing it to his plots in Montosoli, owner Francesco Ripaccioli describes the soil here as a heavier brown clay with lots of magnesium giving more generous growth. It produces a relatively weighty, substantial wine with firm, sturdy tannins and balancing acidity. Notes of sage, tobacco, liquorice root and heather weave through the plush dark currant fruit. Both this and the classic Brunello are equally accomplished, however I suspect La Casaccia may have longer ageing capacity.
- Michaela Morris

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

21 • 02 • 2020
annata 2015
score 96/100

With this wine, Canalicchio di Sopra marks its 50th vintage of Brunello. It is a superb tip of the hat to founder Primo Pacenti by his highly capable grandchildren Francesco, Marco and Simonetta Ripaccioli, who now run the property. It expresses gradually and graciously both on the nose and the palate with wild flowers, forest berries and fresh earth emerging out of a sapid and minerally core. Brilliantly mid-weight but not lacking depth, this demonstrates brightness of fruit, delectable acidity, plenty of fine-grained tannins and a lingering finish.
- Michaela Morris 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA

10 • 02 • 2020
annata 2018
score 90/100

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

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

16 • 02 • 2018
annata 2012
score 95/100

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

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

16 • 02 • 2019
annata 2013
score 97/100

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

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

16 • 02 • 2018
annata 2013
score 94/100

On the northern slopes of Montalcino, Canalicchio di Sopra's Brunello is crafted from two plots. The home site is clay, rich in magnesium, iron and manganese, while Le Gode di Montosoli is distinguished as classic galestro. Gorgeously fresh and youthful, this has well-defined scents of pepper and fennel. The palate possesses similar vibrancy, where wild strawberry, mineral and balsamic notes build on the finish. Refined yet firm tannins give plenty of confidence for ageing.
- Michaela Morris 

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

17 • 02 • 2019
annata 2014
score 94/100

Francesco Ripaccioli called the 2014 harvest never-ending. After dropping any unhealthy grapes mid-September, 80% of what remained was picked for the Rosso on 25 September. The Brunello harvest, beginning on 5 Oct, consisted of only the smallest, most concentrated bunches, which in other years would 'give marmalade', notes Ripaccioli. The resulting wine is one of the successes of the vintage. Quite piercing and perfumed, its floral and red fruit tones are countered by touches of smoke and earth which linger remarkably. There's plenty of nerve and fine-boned tannin to support. Without lacking substance, this captures Sangiovese's glorious lightness of being.
- Michaela Morris 

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

22 • 03 • 2021
annata 2016
score 94/100

Canalicchio di Sopra’s estate Brunello is a blend of plots from its home base in Canalicchio, as well as holdings on the Montosoli hill. The 2016 allies the restrained fleshiness of the former and the salinity of the latter with a balsamic dash. Scents of lilac and bay laurel turn to pure dark cherry on the palate, which is laced with liquorice and stone. Suave tannins maintain a grainy grip and there is no lack of mouthwatering acidity. Thrilling umami finish!
Drinking Window 2023 - 2035
- Michaela Morris 

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

22 • 03 • 2021
annata 2016
score 97/100

The second release of this single vineyard, La Casaccia was planted in 1990. At an average altitude of 300 metres, it sits on predominantly clay soils and is bathed in sun from morning until evening. This doesn’t have quite the plushness or gregarious personality of the 2015 but takes on the 2016 vintage’s more vertical path, opening slowly. Aromas are evocative of pine, cedar and sage. Full but not weighty, the palate brings in earthy nuances with wild berries.
Acidity is cleansing, and silky tannins build up to a powerful finish.
Drinking Window 2024 - 2040
- Michaela Morris 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

24 • 03 • 2021
annata 2015
score 96/100

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

Falstaff

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

19 • 03 • 2021
annata 2016
score 97/100

English:
Sparkling, dark ruby ​​with a shimmering garnet edge. Compact, somewhat closed nose with notes of dark blackberries and cherries, a fine nougat note in the background. Blooms great on the palate, tightly meshed, substantial tannin, embedded in fine fruit melt, salty and juicy, is still very young, but has a long life ahead of it. 
- Othmar Kiem, Simon Staffler

Deutsche:
Funkelndes, dunkles Rubin mit schillerndem Granatrand. Kompakte, etwas verschlossene Nase mit Noten nach dunklen Brombeeren und Kirschen, im Hintergrund feiner Nougatton. Blüht am Gaumen toll auf, dichtmaschiges, stoffiges Tannin, eingebettet in feinen Fruchtschmelz, salzig und saftig, zeigt sich noch sehr jung, hat aber ein langes Leben vor sich.
- Othmar Kiem, Simon Staffler

 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

19 • 03 • 2021
annata 2015
score 95/100

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

Deutsche

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

Wine Spectator

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

15 • 06 • 2016
annata 2010
score 93/100

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

Bruce Sanderson

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

31 • 05 • 2013
annata 2007
score 93/100

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

Bruce Sanderson

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

31 • 08 • 2012
annata 2005
score 92/100

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

Bruce Sanderson

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

15 • 06 • 2010
annata 2004
score 92/100

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

James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

30 • 04 • 2007
annata 2001
score 91/100

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

James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

15 • 05 • 2005
annata 1999
score 90/100

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

James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

31 • 03 • 2004
annata 1998
score 90/100

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

James Suckling

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA

31 • 10 • 2017
annata 2015
score 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

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

30 • 06 • 2020
annata 2015
score 94/100

Firm and tightly wound for now, yet features a solid beam of cherry and strawberry fruit, graced by iron, sanguine and leather accents. Lively acidity infuses this intense red with energy, driving the long finish. Best from 2023 through 2042. 3,127 cases made, 1,290 cases imported. 
- Bruce Sanderson 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA

15 • 10 • 2018
annata 2016
score 90/100

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

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

30 • 06 • 2018
annata 2012
score 96/100

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

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

15 • 06 • 2017
annata 2013
score 95/100

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

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

30 • 06 • 2015
annata 2010
score 93/100

A solid red, displaying cooked plum and cherry flavors on a bed of dense tannins. Tight and compact on the finish, where youthful, exuberant tannins reign. Stays long and balanced in the end. Best from 2019 through 2034. 3,333 cases made, 1,250 cases imported. 
- Bruce Sanderson 

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

15 • 06 • 2016
annata 2011
score 90/100

A perfumed version, this reveals cherry, strawberry, spice and leather flavors, with briar and tobacco accents. Firm and a bit gruff on the finish, but this hangs together in the end. Best from 2018 through 2027. 2,361 cases made, 700 cases imported.
- Bruce Sanderson 

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

15 • 06 • 2017
annata 2012
score 95/100

Loads of balsamic aromas and flavors—juniper, rosemary, thyme, olive—along with cherry, sanguine and tobacco notes are the hallmarks of this intense red. Well-integrated and complex, building to a long aftertaste. Best from 2021 through 2035. 3,400 cases made, 1,250 cases imported.
- Bruce Sanderson 

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

15 • 06 • 2018
annata 2013
score 97/100

Plump and bursting with cherry, strawberry and mineral aromas and flavors, this racy red evokes harmony and freshness, with hints of spice, chocolate and tobacco as it plays out gracefully on the long aftertaste. There's structure here, with all the components integrated. Best from 2020 through 2035. 2,870 cases made, 1,100 cases imported. 
- Bruce Sanderson 

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

15 • 06 • 2019
annata 2014
score 90/100

Lean and sinewy, with savory flavors of loam, soy, tobacco and woodsy spice surrounding a core of cherry fruit. Subtle and firm, finishing with mineral and woodsy spice accents. Best from 2020 through 2032. 1,550 cases made, 300 cases imported. 
- Bruce Sanderson 

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

24 • 03 • 2021
annata 2016
score 96/100

This ripe red is bursting with plum, cherry, floral and mineral aromas and flavors. Succulent and balanced, with savory, sanguine and earthy accents, rolling on through the long, herb-tinged aftertaste. Best from 2024 through 2045. 
- Bruce Sanderson

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

24 • 03 • 2021
annata 2016
score 94/100

Luscious black cherry is the main theme in this racy red, accented by plum, licorice, tar and iron. This is dense, turning more austere as the tannins take hold of the long finish. Shows fine energy, balance and potential. Best from 2025 through 2048.
- Bruce Sanderson 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

24 • 03 • 2021
annata 2015
score 95/100

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

James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

17 • 11 • 2015
annata 2006
score 95/100

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

James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

09 • 11 • 2016
annata 2010
score 98/100

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

James Suckling 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

10 • 02 • 2013
annata 2007
score 92/100

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

James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

17 • 11 • 2015
annata 1999
score 93/100

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

James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

20 • 09 • 2020
annata 2015
score 100/100

The intensity of fruit is staggering here, as this stacks up dried peaches, dried strawberries, red licorice, red-plum compote and glazed red cherries, in rapid succession. There’s a breadth of flavor to the palate that will take your breath away; muscular tannins draw in deeply set cherries, melding it together in a glistening coating of acidity, which only helps to carry it longer still. The finish is nearly endless. A stunning new single vineyard from Canalicchio di Sopra. Drink from 2026.

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

11 • 11 • 2020
annata 2016
score 96/100

A red with cherry, walnut, bark and hints of dried flowers. It’s full-bodied with firm, chewy tannins and a tight finish. Really reserved now. Needs three or four years to open. Best after 2024.
- James Suckling 

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

20 • 09 • 2020
annata 2015
score 97/100

Ripe berry and cherry aromas with hints of spices and cedar. Dried flowers, too. Full-bodied, dense and layered. Fantastic richness and depth. Long, long finish. Best ever. Try after 2022.
- James Suckling 

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

11 • 11 • 2020
annata 2016
score 95/100

A dusty, tannic red with plum, red berry and cedar, chocolate and walnut undertones. It’s full-bodied, yet reserved and tight with ultra fine tannins and a vivid finish. A pretty, polished red. Drink after 2022.
- James Suckling 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

21 • 12 • 2020
annata 2015
score 98/100

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

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA

01 • 07 • 2020
annata 2018
score 90/100

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

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA

11 • 09 • 2018
annata 2016
score 92/100

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

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA

07 • 11 • 2019
annata 2017
score 92/100

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

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

11 • 09 • 2018
annata 2012
score 94/100

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

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

07 • 11 • 2019
annata 2013
score 93/100

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

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

20 • 01 • 2015
annata 2010
score 96/100

Dark red cherries, plums, spices, mint, licorice and hard candy jump from the glass in the estate's 2010 Brunello di Montalcino. Ripe, juicy and deeply expressive, the 2010 boasts stunning mid-palate density. Even with all of its immediacy and voluptuousness, the 2010 has enough structure to drink well for another 20+ years. The Canalicchio Brunellos always offer power, but the 2010 overlays tons of finesse to round things out.
- James Suckling 

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

14 • 02 • 2016
annata 2011
score 93/100

A silky, refined red with plum, berry and cherry aromas and flavors. Full body. Lots of ripe fruit but not overdone. Chewy with polished tannins and a refined finish. Really excellent for the vintage. Needs a year or two to soften: better in 2017.
- James Suckling 

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

30 • 11 • 2016
annata 2012
score 95/100

Wonderfully aromatic and fresh with plum, flower and citrus character. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a delicious finish. So much finesse. Drink or hold.
- James Suckling 

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

27 • 11 • 2017
annata 2013
score 93/100

Ripe berry and dried orange peel character follow through to a full body, round and velvety tannins and a juicy finish. A more fruit-forward style for this estate. Better in 2019.
- James Suckling 

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

07 • 11 • 2019
annata 2014
score 93/100

There’s good energy in this Brunello with quite ripe red-fruit aromas leading to a palate that has handsomely grainy tannins and an impressively deep, red-cherry core. Nice structure and build. Drink or hold.
- James Suckling 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA

13 • 07 • 2021
annata 2019
score 92/100

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

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

15 • 10 • 2021
annata 2017
score 94/100

"This shows beautiful balance and drinkability, with firm and slightly
chewy tannins, yet the fruit is pure and flavorful. Some bark and
crushed-stone undertones. Very drinkable now, but better in 2023."
- James Suckling 

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

15 • 10 • 2021
annata 2017
score 93/100

This shows the ripeness of the vintage, with ripe-berry, cherry and floral
aromas and flavors. Some cedar, too. It’s full and flavorful, with lots of chewy
yet polished and focused tannins. A little dusty in texture. Drinkable now,
but better in 2023.
- James Suckling

Vinous

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

29 • 02 • 2016
annata 2010
score 95+/100

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

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

31 • 05 • 2014
annata 2007
score 94/100

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

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

30 • 04 • 2012
annata 2006
score 94/100

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

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

31 • 05 • 2011
annata 2005
score 93+/100

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

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

31 • 03 • 2014
annata 2004
score 96/100

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

Antonio Galloni

 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

27 • 03 • 2015
annata 2001
score 93/100

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

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

31 • 03 • 2015
annata 1995
score 94/100

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

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

01 • 04 • 2020
annata 2015
score 98/100

The 2015 Brunello di Montalcino La Casaccia opens with an intense mix of zesty red fruits, spice and alluring sweet florals, backed by dark earth, crushed stone, hints of licorice, and a twang of savory herbs. On the palate, silky textures are contrasted by saline-minerals and brisk acids, as red berry fruits flood the senses along with savory herbs and spices, leaving a coating of fine-grained tannin. The finish is long, displaying lingering spiced red berries enlivened by resonating acids, saline-mineral tones and a hint of fine tannin. Talk about a great way to release a new single-vineyard bottling, The 2015 is classic to the core.
- Eric Guido 

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

01 • 11 • 2020
annata 2016
score 98/100

Lifting up with gorgeous floral perfumes and hints of white smoke, the 2016 Brunello di Montalcino La Casaccia from Canalicchio di Sopra keeps you at the edge of your glass. It opens up with a dark and dramatic display of balsamic-tinged black cherry, sage and Indian spice, contrasted by savory notes of tobacco, rich earth tones and flowery undergrowth. There’s an amazing density of fruit here, offset by salty minerals, zesty acids and a hint of sour citrus. The textures are velvety-smooth, yet the expression remains feminine and lifted. In fact, you can hardly notice its underlying tannic heft until it’s too late, as the 2016 La Casaccia seems to youthfully fold in on itself, halting the expression but promising over a decade of further development.
- Eric Guido 

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

01 • 04 • 2020
annata 2015
score 95/100

The 2015 Brunello di Montalcino from Canalicchio di Sopra - Ripaccioli is superb. The nose is dark and mineral-inflected with a blast of crushed raspberry, cherry and darker blackberry fruits wafting up from the glass, as sweet florals, underscored by moist soil and hints of cedar amass. On the palate, silky, almost creamy textures, offset by a stunning mix of salty-minerals and acids with savory herbs, and inner earth tones tempted the senses for another sip. The finish is remarkably long, resonating on minerals and dark fruits, almost balsamic and spicy, as its tannic structure comes forward and reminds me that this Brunello is still just a baby. What a gorgeous expression of Sangiovese.
- Eric Guido 

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

01 • 11 • 2020
annata 2016
score 95/100

The 2016 Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino is flat-out stunning, remarkably vibrant and an almost-ethereal expression. There’s an exotic citrusy tinge to its ripe black cherries, taking on hints of sage, cedar and allspice, all grounded by moist earth tones. It’s focused and remarkably pure with a noticeable inner sweetness to the red and hints of blackberry fruit, all cast across a silky, feminine frame. The structure builds like a crescendo, as minerals fade to youthful tannins. Juicy acids maintain perfect balance from start to finish, making for a surprisingly fresh expression yet with amazing length. There’s simply so much going on here, and there are promises of more good things to come.
- Eric Guido 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

01 • 11 • 2020
annata 2015
score 95+/100

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

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA

01 • 04 • 2020
annata 2018
score 93/100

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

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA

01 • 10 • 2019
annata 2016
score 91+/100

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

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA

01 • 10 • 2019
annata 2017
score 90/100

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

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

01 • 04 • 2018
annata 2012
score 94+/100

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

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

01 • 03 • 2019
annata 2013
score 93+/100

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

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

01 • 02 • 2015
annata 2010
score 95+/100

Dark red cherries, plums, spices, mint, licorice and hard candy jump from the glass in the estate's 2010 Brunello di Montalcino. Ripe, juicy and deeply expressive, the 2010 boasts stunning mid-palate density. Even with all of its immediacy and voluptuousness, the 2010 has enough structure to drink well for another 20+ years. The Canalicchio Brunellos always offer power, but the 2010 overlays tons of finesse to round things out.
- Antonio Galloni 

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

01 • 02 • 2016
annata 2011
score 95/100

The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is a gorgeous, striking wine. Sweet macerated cherries, tobacco, licorice, spice and mint are all laced together in a super-expressive, resonant Brunello endowed with real class. Open-knit and seductive, the 2011 will drink well with minimal cellaring. This is an especially delicate, sensual Brunello that speaks to the finesse that is possible on the northern side of Montalcino, and a terrific example of the year at its very best. With time in the glass, the 2011 starts to shut down, which may be a very good sign of its potential longevity. In any event, the 2011 Brunello is a winner. Proprietor Francesco Ripaccioli gave the 2011 a bit less time in oak than is customary. Production was just 28,000 bottles as opposed to the 50,000 bottles that were produced between the straight Brunello and Riserva in 2010 (there is no Riserva in 2011.)
- Antonio Galloni 

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

01 • 03 • 2017
annata 2012
score 92+/100

Luminous red. Intense aromas of red cherry, licorice and tar are complicated by a strong note of torrefaction. Deep dense and suave, with youthfully chewy tannins and a slightly herbal nuance to the dark plum and coffee flavors. Still more notes of torrefaction and coffee emerge with aeration. This brooding, strapping Brunello will require patience.
- Ian D'Agata 

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

01 • 04 • 2018
annata 2013
score 96/100

Vivid medium-dark red. Hints at black and red fruits on the delicate, refined nose, complicated by nuances of violet and flint. Then smooth and suave in the mouth, with outstanding breadth to the blueberry, sour red cherry, potpourri and floral flavors. Penetrating minerality contributes to the lasting impression of precision and verve. The noble, mouth-coating tannins provide backbone and noteworthy aging potential to this extremely elegant, pure, dense wine. One of the top eight or so Brunellos of the 2013 vintage.
- Ian D'Agata 

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

01 • 03 • 2019
annata 2014
score 92/100

Good deep red. Perfumed aromas of musky raspberry, cherry cola spices and flowers. Round and deep in the mouth, with lovely sweetness and a light touch to the red fruit and cedar flavors. Finishes long, pure and linear. The youthful, chewy but noble tannins will reward mid-term aging.
- Ian D'Agata 

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA

01 • 01 • 2021
annata 2019
score 91+/100

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

Robert Parker

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

01 • 02 • 2016
annata 2010
score 99/100

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

Monica Larner

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

28 • 06 • 2013
annata 2007
score 92/100

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

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

28 • 06 • 2017
annata 2006
score 94/100

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

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

02 • 05 • 2011
annata 2005
score 93+/100

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

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

27 • 04 • 2010
annata 2004
score 93+/100

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

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

31 • 10 • 2007
annata 2001
score 91/100

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

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

27 • 02 • 2014
annata 1999
score 94/100

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

Monica Larner

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

29 • 04 • 2005
annata 1998
score 91/100

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

Daniel Thomases

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

27 • 02 • 2014
annata 1997
score 90/100

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

Monica Larner

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA

03 • 03 • 2016
annata 2014
score 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

28 • 02 • 2015
annata 2013
score 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

27 • 02 • 2014
annata 2012
score 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

28 • 06 • 2013
annata 2011
score 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

02 • 05 • 2011
annata 2009
score 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

27 • 04 • 2011
annata 2008
score 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

31 • 12 • 2002
annata 2000
score 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.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

28 • 02 • 2017
annata 2012
score 94/100

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

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

04 • 03 • 2016
annata 2011
score 93/100

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

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

28 • 02 • 2015
annata 2010
score 98/100

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

 

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

27 • 02 • 2014
annata 2009
score 92/100

The 2009 Brunello di Montalcino is a standout expression with long and polished notes of dried fruit and tobacco presented in a smooth and seamless fashion. It shows good structure and balance but an even prettier nose with ethereal balsam herbs, tar, licorice and pressed violets that emerge as the wine evolves in the glass. The wine hints at a greater evolution to come. Drink: 2017-2022. Monica Larner

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

28 • 06 • 2013
annata 2008
score 93/100

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

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

31 • 01 • 2020
annata 2015
score 98/100

The Canalicchio di Sopra 2015 Brunello di Montalcino La Casaccia represents a new chapter in this estate's long history. This is a single-vineyard expression from the Canalicchio area, one of the most interesting subzones on the northeast side of Montalcino. Giving identity to individual parcels gives an estate like this huge potential for further expression and experimentation. The site is a little over two hectares, and it has dense, mineral-rich clay soils that add more power and a heavier center of gravity. The vines were planted in 1990. I notice slightly firmer tannin here, with a very distinct level of acidity purity. You also get lasting berry fruit favors with blueberry and dried raspberry followed by spice, licorice and lavender buds from the south of France and the rim of the Mediterranean. The wine is distinguished by endnotes of balsam or medicinal herb that grow in strength with time. It offers plenty of volume and weight. Not counting the various large format bottles made, only 3,610 750-milliliter bottles were produced. They were filled in May 2019, and the wine hit the market in January 2020.
- Monica Larner 

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

30 • 11 • 2020
annata 2016
score 96/100

This is a newish single-vineyard wine (it's the second vintage) created by Francesco Ripaccioli and the team at Canalicchio di Sopra at the conclusion of an ambitious estate-wide mapping project. The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino La Casaccia draws its fruit from a two-hectare site planted in 1990 with clay soils and rich in mineral components. A precious 4,133 bottles were made. What I like most is the tightness of the fruit, which you chip away at slowly as the wine softens and yields in the glass. Each layer brings you forest fruit, sour cherry, almond, lilac and candied orange peel. On a second swirl, you might get black olive, bay leaf and scorched earth. There are subtle mineral notes, but what La Casaccia ultimately offers is that uniquely compact and extremely polished quality of fruit.
-Monica Larner 

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

31 • 01 • 2020
annata 2015
score 95/100

This bottle marks the special 50th anniversary of this wine. A little red sticker on the front label commemorates the five decades that have passed since grandfather Primo Pacenti did his first harvest. The medium-weight Canalicchio di Sopra 2015 Brunello di Montalcino shows a generous spread of forest fruit, licorice, blue flower, bay leaf, Provence herbs and fragrant wet soil aromas. There is a touch of earthy muskiness that some like to refer to as "foxy." Fruit for this Brunello represents a selection of clusters harvested over 10 hectares at 300 to 320 meters above sea level in two sites: Canalicchio and Montosoli. Canalicchio has clay soils for the structure of the wine, and Montosoli adds to the clarity of the aromas. All the vines are over 10 years old. Fermentation is in stainless steel, and aging spans 36 months in Slavonian oak casks. This wine from the warm and sunny 2015 vintage maintains its trademark crispness and freshness nonetheless. This vintage is available in bottles of various sizes, with more large formats filled to celebrate this 50th anniversary. It was bottled in May 2019 (37,520 750-millilter bottles were produced, not counting the large formats) and released in January 2020.
- Monica Larner 

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

30 • 11 • 2020
annata 2016
score 95/100

The Canalicchio di Sopra 2016 Brunello di Montalcino shows balance and symmetry with that difficult twofold delivery of power and elegance. This terrific new release shows dark fruit and tart cherry, but then unwinds slowly to reveal light spice, toasted nut, blue flower and crushed limestone. The wine affords a genuine sense of place with roots in the northern half of the appellation where the light is whiter and the nights are cooler. That brilliant luminosity appears in the pure quality of fruit and the sharp focus of the mouthfeel, driven by balanced tannins and acidity. The sensation it gives is compact and long, without too much extra volume or padding. This wine is like a contoured, chiseled and carefully polished marble statue that you would see in a Renaissance church. Production is an ample 44,218 bottles.
- Monica Larner 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

30 • 11 • 2020
annata 2015
score 98/100

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

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA

31 • 01 • 2020
annata 2018
score 92/100

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

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA

28 • 02 • 2018
annata 2016
score 93+/100

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

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA

31 • 01 • 2019
annata 2017
score 91/100

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

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

28 • 02 • 2018
annata 2012
score 95/100

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

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

31 • 01 • 2019
annata 2013
score 97/100

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

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

28 • 02 • 2018
annata 2013
score 96/100

Canalicchio di Sopra's 2013 Brunello di Montalcino is tight and firm at its core, with qualities that bode very well for its aging potential. That compact core is surrounded by many thick layers of dark fruit and spice that are expressive and expansive. Those outer layers give the wine softness and some immediate accessibility, even at this early stage in its life. All summed up, this is a very complete and characteristic Brunello that offers stunning quality for medium or long-term drinking.
- Monica Larner 

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

31 • 01 • 2019
annata 2014
score 93/100

The 2014 Brunello di Montalcino definitely shows the more accessible and easy-drinking side of this celebrated Sangiovese-based appellation in southern Tuscany. The wine offers all the prerequisite Brunello characteristics of wild berry and tobacco with pressed violets and fresh potting soil. However, those characteristics are presented at a notch or two of decreased intensity. This is quality common to the great majority of Brunellos I tasted from the 2014 vintage. I recommend this wine to lovers of Brunello looking for a wine to drink within the next ten years. Some 15,037 bottles were made.
- Monica Larner 

Wine Enthusiast

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

05 • 01 • 2018
annata 2013
score 93/100

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

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

05 • 01 • 2018
annata 2012
score 95/100

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

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA

31 • 12 • 2016
annata 2014
score 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

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

01 • 04 • 2017
annata 2012
score 93/100

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

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA

11 • 01 • 2014
annata 2012
score 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

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

05 • 01 • 2016
annata 2011
score 92/100

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

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA

10 • 01 • 2013
annata 2011
score 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

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

05 • 01 • 2016
annata 2010
score 96/100 - CELLAR SELECTION

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

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

05 • 01 • 2015
annata 2010
score 95/100

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

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA

05 • 01 • 2012
annata 2010
score 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.

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

05 • 01 • 2014
annata 2009
score 90/100

Opening aromas recall underbrush, red berry, white mushroom, truffle and thyme with a whiff of leather. The palate offers restrained wild cherry accented with white pepper, mint and sage alongside tightly knit tannins. While the tannins need to unwind, this wine isn't made for long-term cellaring. Drink 2015–2019. KERIN O’KEEFE

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

05 • 01 • 2013
annata 2008
score 90/100

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

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA

08 • 01 • 2010
annata 2008
score 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.

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

05 • 01 • 2013
annata 2004
score 94/100

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

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

05 • 01 • 2012
annata 2006
score 95/100

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

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

04 • 01 • 2011
annata 2006
score 91/100

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

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

04 • 01 • 2011
annata 2005
score 93/100

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

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

10 • 01 • 2010
annata 2005
score 88/100

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

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

08 • 01 • 2010
annata 2004
score 93/100

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

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

06 • 01 • 2009
annata 2004
score 90/100

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

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

16 • 01 • 2019
annata 2013
score 95/100

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

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

05 • 01 • 2019
annata 2014
score 90/100

This fragrant red opens with scents that evoke violet, rose, perfumed berry and an earthy whiff of damp soil. On the lithe palate, you'll find sour cherry, pomegranate and star anise set against polished tannins. Vibrant acidity lends balance and energy. Drink through 2024. 
- Kerin 0'Keefe

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

05 • 01 • 2021
annata 2016
score 97/100

Intense aromas of underbrush, wild berry, new leather and pipe tobacco lead the way on this fragrant Brunello. Full bodied and elegantly structured, the savory palate features ripe morello cherry, licorice and truffle before a black-tea finish. Firm, refined tannins and fresh acidity keep balanced and give it an ageworthy structure. Drink 2024–2036. - CELLAR SELECTION 
- Kerin O’Keefe

Gambero Rosso

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

30 • 10 • 2016
annata 2010
score

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA

31 • 10 • 2017
annata 2015
score (REDS) -FINAL FOR THE 3 RED GLASSES / ROSSI - FINALE 3 BICCHIERI
GardiniNotes-The Wine Killer

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

01 • 11 • 2020
annata 2015
score 97/100

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

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

01 • 10 • 2020
annata 2016
score 98+/100

Another great interpretation for this firm. On the nose, alcohol-infused marasca cherries with touch of undergrowth from fresh marjoram. Balsamic in the mouth, a pleasant juiciness and tautness. Officinal fresh notes returning on the finish.
- Luca Gardini 

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

01 • 03 • 2020
annata 2015
score 94/100

Spicy nose for this very fine Brunello: fresh spices, alcohol-infused cherries, blackberries. A wonderful acidity emphasized in the mouthfeel that is ample, with perfectly integrated tannins for an impressive persistence.
- Luca Gardini 

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

01 • 02 • 2019
annata 2014
score 93/100

Great and decisive tannic sharpness for this product which is, also this one, of great aging potential. Its nose is very variegated, with leather, freshlycut grass aromas and a balsamic but not excessively marked end. It seems mostly fresh, breezy and irreverent while drinking. Its age will enrich it with wisdom and (perhaps) truth  
- Luca Gardini 

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

01 • 01 • 2018
annata 2013
score 92/100

Violet, some touches half way between mint and rose, and a red ripe fruit are the sensations that characterize the nose. It does not have a great opening or communicative ability, at least in the initial part of the sip, which remains anchored to tones of violet and sour cherry. From mid sip on, it extends in a soft key, thanks to the appearance of a nice range of spices. Vivacious tannins of an acidic mix.
- Luca Gardini 

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

01 • 01 • 2016
annata 2011
score 94/100

Brunello from the Northern side. Fruity aromas that do not translate only the roughness of mixed berries but instead flank them with smoother impressions of peach, yellow-fleshed fruit, and plums. A measured taste, once again fruity, even if enriched by the spiciness of red peppercorn and nutmeg. Refined tannic texture.
- Luca Gardini 

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

01 • 03 • 2021
annata 2016
score 99/100

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

01 • 04 • 2021
annata 2015
score 97+/100
Jancis Robinson

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

18 • 01 • 2017
annata 2010
score 17,5/20

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

Walter Speller

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

08 • 01 • 2013
annata 2007
score 15,5/20

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

Walter Speller

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

24 • 02 • 2012
annata 2006
score 16,5/20

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

Walter Speller

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

17 • 01 • 2015
annata 2005
score 16,5/20

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

Walter Speller

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

17 • 01 • 2015
annata 2004
score 18/20

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

Walter Speller

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

17 • 01 • 2015
annata 2001
score 17++/20

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

Walter Speller

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA

24 • 11 • 2017
annata 2015
score 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

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

08 • 01 • 2018
annata 2012
score 18/20 (TOP SCORE FOR THE VINTAGE)

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

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

15 • 01 • 2020
annata 2015
score 17.5/20

A spectacular wine in every sense: a firm, deep, minerally fruit nose, a composed but full palate with finely chiselled tannins and perfectly integrated juicy acidity. Long and layered and impossible to resist but deserves more bottle age.
- Walter Speller 

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

15 • 01 • 2020
annata 2015
score 17.5/20

Tasted blind. Lustrous mid ruby. Brooding yet quite closed on the nose. Ripe and sweet and at the same time tangy and elegant. It has everything: lots of tangy fruit, gripping tannins and elegant palate weight.
- Walter Speller 

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

07 • 10 • 2020
annata 2016
score 17/20

Mid ruby with some brick at the rim. More fruit sweetness but also more developed undergrowth compared with the Altesino Montosoli. Opens to a pretty floral fragrance. Firm, sweet and chewy, the fruit filling out the core. Young and lovely and so moreish. 
- Julia Harding MW

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA

03 • 12 • 2018
annata 2016
score 17.5/20

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

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA

15 • 02 • 2019
annata 2017
score 17+/20

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

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

08 • 01 • 2019
annata 2013
score 18/20

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

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

17 • 01 • 2015
annata 2010
score 17.5/20

Deep ruby with narrow orange rim. Quite herbal and savoury more than fruity at first, and really closed. Tightly packed fruit palate and richly tannic. A little austere at the moment, yet elegant and with real ageing potential. 
- Walter Speller 

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

18 • 01 • 2016
annata 2011
score 17/20

Tasted blind. Maturing ruby with orange rim. A little bit stalky, but with brooding fruit underneath. The fruit makes quite a big impact on the palate, but is wonderfully matched by lots of grainy tannins and juicy acidity. A tiny bit singed, but overall irresistible.
- Walter Speller 

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

23 • 01 • 2017
annata 2012
score 17.5/100

Tasted blind. Mid to deep ruby with orange tinges. Lifted, peppery and full nose, but not entirely open. Gorgeous cherry fruit tightly packed with tannins. Finely tuned like a sports car, if really tannic for the moment.
- Walter Speller 

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

08 • 01 • 2018
annata 2013
score 17.5/20

Maturing ruby with bright orange tinges. Still a little closed on the nose and with compact fruit that is slow to unfurl on the palate. Impressive balance and concentration. Spicy cherry fruit on the finish and powerful tannins. Put this away for a couple of years.
- Walter Speller 

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

26 • 11 • 2018
annata 2014
score 17.5/20

Pale to mid ruby. Very pure, direct, aromatic nose of definitely ripe fruit – impressive! Good build with light tannins and just the right amount of acidity. Arguably more Sangiovese than old-school Brunello but none the worse for that.
- Jansis Robinson 

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

29 • 03 • 2021
annata 2016
score 18/20

A blend of the Montosoli (60%) and Canalicchio (40%) crus.
Lustrous mid ruby. Closed, with minerally hints. Fantastic focus, concentration and balance and totally poised. Very pure, with long tannins. Enormous concentration yet not heavy. Very young but already irresistible.
-Walter Speller

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

29 • 03 • 2021
annata 2016
score 18.5/20

Lustrous mid ruby. Leafy cherry hints but otherwise quite closed on the nose, yet with a clear sense of purity. Dense, yet elegant and with tangy acidity shooting through the mouth-filling fruit. Firm noble tannins add depth and contour. Real cru pedigree.
- Walter Speller

Doctor Wine

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA

26 • 03 • 2021
annata 2019
score 94/100

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

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

31 • 08 • 2021
annata 2016
score 97/100
Wines Critic

Rosso di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA

18 • 05 • 2021
annata 2019
score 93/100

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

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

18 • 11 • 2021
annata 2017
score 95/100

Nobile ed elegantissimo mostra note miste floreali e fruttate che ricordano i gerani, l’ibisco, le prugne rosse, la buccia di arancia arsa, la china e la terra bagnata. Corpo pieno, tannini perfettamente maturi ed integrati nella matrice ed un finale iconico punto di riferimento per la denominazione nel difficile millesimo. Meglio dal 2023.
- Raffaele Vecchione

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

18 • 11 • 2021
annata 2017
score 94/100

Deciso e ricco di carattere mostra note miste floreali e fruttate che ricordano i fiori di ibisco, i gerani, la passiflora, le mandorle tritate ed il caramello dolce. Corpo medio-pieno, tannini morbidi di piacevole grana fine ed un finale succoso e balsamico di notevole bellezza. Meglio dal 2022.
- Raffaele Vecchione

Vini Buoni d'Italia

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

30 • 08 • 2021
annata 2016
score CORONA

Brunello di Montalcino LA CASACCIA 2016 obtained the CORONA, the highest recognition assigned by GUIDA VINI BUONI D'ITALIA 

Weinwisser

Brunello di Montalcino DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

01 • 08 • 2021
annata 2016
score 18+/20

Brunello di MontalcinoLa Casaccia DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

01 • 08 • 2021
annata 2016
score 19.5/20
Guida Vitae

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

23 • 11 • 2021
annata 2015
score QUATTRO VITI