Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino 2016


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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, chiselled and carefully polished marble statue that you would see in a Renaissance church. 95/100 Wine Advocate; 95+/100 Greg Sherwood MW

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Producer Information: Canalicchio di Sopra

Founded in 1962 by Primo Pacenti and now owned by his son Pier Luigi Ripaccioli and run by grandson Francesco Ripaccioli, Canalicchio di Sopra mirrors the history of Montalcino itself as
its Brunello production moved the region from poverty to prosperity. Situated in the northern Brunello zone, Canalicchio's 37 acres lie at some of the highest altitude in Montalcino, receiving
limited exposure to the influence of the Mediterranean Sea, and this location allows the estate to craft outstanding wines in challenging years because, sheltered by Monte Amiata and kissed
by the sea, Canalicchio's special microclimates can spare its vineyards from excessive heat or rain, protect them from hail, and generally help the estate's grapes to ripen evenly when other
producers are left high and dry.

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