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Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2017

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Biologico
Da Regalare
Vino premiato
Canalicchio di Sopra
Vintage: 2017
Location: Toskana, Montalcino (SI)
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£ 71.00 £ 56.00 -21%
Format 0.75 l. (£ 74.67/lt.)
cod. 02593

Longevity and character

What: From two historical crus of Montalcino
Why: For its longevity
Perfect with: Red meat and game

Marketed by: Giordano Vini S.p.A. via G. Cane 47bis-50 12055 Diano d'Alba (CN) - Italy.
AWARDED AWARDED

Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2017

Canalicchio di Sopra
Vintage: 2017
Location: Toskana, Montalcino (SI)

94

Wine spectator

94

Robert Parker

94

James Suckling


£ 71.00 £ 56.00 -21%
Format 0.75 l. (£ 74.67/lt.)
cod. 02593

Longevity and character

What: From two historical crus of Montalcino
Why: For its longevity
Perfect with: Red meat and game

Marketed by: Giordano Vini S.p.A. via G. Cane 47bis-50 12055 Diano d'Alba (CN) - Italy.

Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2017 - Canalicchio di Sopra

Awarded several times by the strictest wine critics for quality and typicality, this Brunello di Montalcino DOCG offered by Canalicchio di Sopra has been produced continuously since 1966. 100% Sangiovese grosso, as required by the DOCG's strict production regulations, the grapes used to make this fine Tuscan wine come from two estate crus, very different in terms of exposure and soil composition. These are the Canalicchio Cru and the Montosli Cru, which lies in one of Brunello's historic areas. We are about 300 metres above sea level, where the heat of the sweltering summer days is nonetheless mitigated by the constant breezes that blow every day. Vinified in steel tanks with temperature-controlled fermentation, the maceration phase lasts for almost a month. Then, after racking and malolactic fermentation, the Brunello di Canalicchio di Sopra is placed in 25 and 50 hectolitre Slavonian barrels for a maturation period of about 36 months. A long-lived wine with character, this Brunello evolves smoothly for many years in the bottle. Provided, of course, that it is stored correctly, in a dark and cool place, with the right humidity and peace it deserves. Excellent with red meats and game, it also goes well with well-aged cheeses.

Elegance is the essence of our production philosophy. And the crus where we have been cultivating our vineyards for half a century enjoy a favourable microclimate for our grapes'. We are in Tuscany, in the Montalcino area. Here, since 1962, the Canalicchio di Sopra winery has been a fine family business. It was Primo Pacenti who founded it. Thanks to his work, and that of his son-in-law Pier Luigi Ripaccioli, the aim was to achieve a high level of quality right from the start. The company's first bottle dates back to 1966 and the following year the young company became one of the 12 founding brands of the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino. Today, the company is managed by the third generation and can count on a total of about 60 hectares, on the north-eastern slope of the Montalcino hillside. Of these, no less than 19 are cultivated as vineyards, within a context rich in biodiversity, scenic beauty and Unesco heritage. Each wine represents a particular microclimate and each expresses the peculiarities of the vineyards of origin. Fresh wines with long ageing potential.

Technical Data Sheet

CHARACTERISTICS
  • TypeStill dry red wine DOCG
  • Location Toskana
  • Grapes Sangiovese 100%
  • Sensations Fresh, elegant, long ageing
  • Vinification in steel vats with controlled fermentation temperature, daily soft pumping over. Maceration on the skins for 25 days. Ageing: 36 months in 25 and 50 hl Slavonian oak casks.
  • Alcoholic strength 14.5% vol
  • Allergens Contains sulphites
TASTING RECOMMENDATIONS
  • Tips Store in a cool place, away from light, bottle lying down. Do not refrigerate. Open at least 15 minutes before serving
  • Serving temperature 18 grades
  • GlassGran Balon / Borgogna
  • When to drink it Ageingwine
  • Pairing Meat menu
VINEYARD
  • Terrain soil rich in marl, traces of clay and limestone
  • Exposure and altitude South
  • Breeding method spurred cordon
  • Planting density 0
PRODUCTION NOTES
  • Italy

  • Canalicchio di Sopra, Loc. Casaccia, 73, 53024 Montalcino SI - Italia

Awarded
  • Vinous 95

    The 2017 Brunello di Montalcino is wildly perfumed, dusty and exotic, with balsam herbs, savory spices, red currants and plums coming across as so pretty yet rich and potent. A silky display of sour wild berries contrasted by candied citrus wows the senses as the 2017 plays a zesty sweet-and-sour act upon the palate. It’s long, youthfully chewy, yet still remarkably fresh, with rosy florals and tart, tart cherries giving way to chiseled tannins through the finale. This is a beautiful rendition of the 2017 vintage, one that takes the dry warmth of the year and expresses it with tremendous energy and verve. What's more, I revisited this bottle over the course of 36 hours and it only got better with time.
    - Eric Guido 

  • Robert Parker 94

    As you drive downhill from the hamlet of Montalcino on its north side, you pass the Canalicchio di Sopra winery, which is located in a shallow, sun-lit basin of vines. This estate is meticulous and studied in its winemaking philosophy, and the 2017 Brunello di Montalcino is an expression of that concentration. This warm-climate Brunello reveals awesome purity and intensity with wild cherry, almond and lilac spread over a tonic, mid-weight finish. This wine awards plenty of elegance in a vintage that was not easy and not prone to such nuance.

  • James Sucking 94

    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.

  • Jancis Robinson 17

    Just mid ruby. Some development on the nose with hints of forest floor but with quite pure cherry fruit underneath. Concentrated, focused cherry palate with a minty edge and bags of chewy tannins. Very long and gripping finish.
    - Walter Speller 

  • Wine Enthusiast 96

    Inviting aromas of baked plum, violet, baking spice and sun-warmed hay come to the forefront along with a whiff of leather. The enveloping palate is delicious, delivering ripe Marasca cherry, raspberry compote, licorice and nutmeg framed in tightly woven, polished tannins that lend finesse and a smooth texture. Drink 2024–2029. KERIN O’KEEFE

  • Wine Spectator 94

    This red bursts with sweet, ripe cherry and plum fruit, with tobacco, leather and mineral elements adding depth as it builds to a lingering conclusion. Shows fine balance, a vibrant structure and excellent length. Spicy aftertaste. Best from 2024 through 2042.
    - Bruce Sanderson

  • Decanter 94

    Canalicchio di Sopra began harvesting Brunello on 25 September - just one day earlier than in 2016. Francesco Ripaccioli credits the significant diurnal temperature differences during the preceding month for measured ripening as well as preservation of acidity. The estate Brunello, which is a blend of vineyards in the Montosoli and Canalicchio zones, starts with smoky, flinty notes then gives way to intense herb blossoms. The palate is where it really struts its stuff at the moment, particularly the texture. It grips confidently in all the right places. Packed with flavours of small forest berries and dusty gravel, it finishes with a refreshing salty kick. Drinking Window 2023 - 2031
    - Michaela Morris

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