The outstanding 2019 Brunello di Montalcino from Canalicchio di Sopra
Brunello di Montalcino 2019
40 cases (1×6) OC available @ £240 per case IB
6 magnums (OWC1) available @ £95 each IB
Francesco Ripaccioli and his family at Canalicchio di Sopra have taken things to a new level with this recent set of new releases. From top to bottom, the 2019s display a balance of elegance, texture and transparency to terroir that keeps me coming back to the glass again and again
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With a huge 96/100 from Vinous – for their Brunello normale! – Canalicchio di Sopra have cemented their place amongst the highest ranks of Brunello di Montalcino in the outstanding 2019 vintage. These new releases are already challenging the supremacy of 2016 with levels of classicism, freshness and poise that place the year amongst Montalcino’s finest. Throughout the region and both up and down producers’ ranges there is remarkable quality to be found – the hallmark of a truly great vintage.
The quasi-Burgundian ethos of Canalicchio di Sopra, with obsessive attention brought to expressing the nuances of different vineyard parcels, has hit a home run in 2019. We are thrilled to offer our allocation from this top-drawer estate.
Dusty violets, lavender and cloves accentuate dried black cherries as the dramatic 2019 Brunello di Montalcino smolders up from the glass. This is impossible to ignore, bursting with energy as depths of ripe red fruits, chalky minerals and exotic spices saturate all they touch, balanced by textures of pure silk. The 2019 finishes with fantastic length and concentration, leaving a staining of tart blackberry and hints of orange that curl the tongue as crunchy tannins tug at the palate. It’s rare to see such a combination of vibrancy and power. Canalicchio di Sopra nailed it in 2019. Wow.
96/100 – Eric Guido
Offered subject to remaining unsold and available from LCB later this year.