Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino 2015

Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino 2015

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95 points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, January 2020

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.

Canalicchio di Sopra has a couple of good reasons to celebrate this year. First, they are releasing a special 50th anniversary bottle of their classic Brunello di Montalcino. Second, they have a new wine on the market now. It is a single-vineyard expression with fruit coming exclusively from the Canalicchio subzone of the appellation. The vines were planted in 1990, and I have had the pleasure of following the evolution of this beautiful wine while it was still in barrel.

- Monica Larner