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Tasting Notes


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.


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.

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The Winery

Canalicchio di Sopra

With over 50 years of experience in Italy’s wine business, Canalicchio di Sopra creates outstanding Brunello di Montalcino in the UNESCO Heritage site of one of Tuscany’s most prized regions. Today the company has been touched by “three generations of passionate winemakers, inextricably linked to Montalcino and its land” touts their website. Wine Spectator, James Suckling, and Jancis Robinson have all raved about the wines from this historic producer touting the “huge potential” that younger vintages of this wine has for the future.

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