Francesco Ripaccioli continues his work to further define the unique parcels within each of his vineyards, and to use them accordingly to create wines that are unmistakably Northern Montalcino in character with stunning balance and structure. One of the original Brunello wineries it takes its name from the Canalicchio or little stream that lies above (Sopra) the stunning new subterranean winery where the Casaccia cru is produced. They also have vines on the facing Montosoli hill. Vines are farmed organically although not certified and the family history in the region is carried aloft by theassiduos knowledge and feel for teh fruit that they constinue to pursue.
Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello 2016
The 2016 Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino is flat-out stunning, remarkably vibrant and an almost ethereal expression. There’s an exotic citrusy tinge to its ripe black cherries, taking on hints of sage, cedar and allspice, all grounded by moist earth tones. It’s focused and remarkably pure with a noticeable inner sweetness to the red and hints of blackberry fruit, all cast across a silky, feminine frame. The structure builds like a crescendo, as minerals fade to youthful tannins. Juicy acids maintain perfect balance from start to finish, making for a surprisingly fresh expression yet with amazing length. There’s simply so much going on here, and there are promises of more good things to come.
95 Points, Eric Guido, Vinous, Nov 2020
95 Points, Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate, Nov 2020
A product of this zone’s cooler nights and less intense light and galestro soil of the Canalicchio Cru are paired with the holdings on the renowned Montosoli cru – in 2016 the Brunello was 60/40 Montosoli / Canalicchio. Wines ferment in stainless steel then age in 2.5 and 5hl casks for 36 months.