2012 Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino

2012 Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino

95 Points Wine Spectator
2012 Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino
95 Points Wine Spectator

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One of the great names of Montalcino, with beautiful fruit clarity, poise and complexity. Canalicchio di Sopra create some of the most profound wines of this region, with serious structure and tannins amongst compelling brightness and nuanced expression of red fruits and spice. Typical and yet better than competitors, this is truly a premium choice in Brunello.

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$79.99 in mixed 6+ or $88.99 per bottle




Its Origins

Founded in the sixties by Primo Pacenti, Canalicchio di Sopra remains family-owned. Its establishment represented a substantive risk, as Pacenti, a peasant farmer up until the abolition of the sharecropping system, possessed little in the way of security. The Brunellos of the estate largely reflect the wine’s historical paradigm, a character derived, in part, through 36 months of cask aging, and 1 year in bottle. The northern zone, the area relative to Canalicchio, evidences a cooler climate than that of its southern counterpart; this northern terrain receives limited exposure to both the Mediterranean influence of Montalcino and the cooling breezes that the latter’s high altitude affords, resulting in wines that display impressive ripeness and structure.

What The Critics Say

95/100 Wine Spectator, Bruce Anderson

"Loads of balsamic aromas and flavours - juniper, rosemary, thyme, olive - along with cherry, sanguine and tobacco notes are the hallmarks of this intense red. Well-integrated and complex, building to a long aftertaste. Best from 2021 to 2035. 3,400 cases made." Drink 2021 - 2035

94/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, Monica Larner

"Canalicchio di Sopra is high on my shortlist of favorite producers in Montalcino. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino is a sumptuous wine made according to carefully considered criteria. Every step of the winemaking process represents a selection of sorts, culminating in an expression of extremes. The precision, the focus and the pristine nature of the aromas cannot be exaggerated. It is such a pleasure to taste a wine of this caliber and distinction. Aromas of dark fruit and savory spice find seamless integration. Background tones of balsam herb, cola and licorice add a superior level of complexity. In the mouth, the wine is polished, fine and silky. The mouthfeel is thinner compared to 2011 and 2010. Otherwise, this is a fabulously elegant Brunello." Drink 2018 - 2030

17/20 Jancis Robinson MW

"Montalcino Nord (Montosoli). Light ruby. Pale rim. Hint of candied violets on the nose. Savoury palate with lots of refreshment. Really cries out for food, it’s so savoury with masses of dry but not drying tannins." Drink 2020 - 2030

Stats & Food Matching

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    2018 - 2030

This Wine Goes Well With

with BEEF
with GAME
with LAMB



Delivery & Returns

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If for any reason you are not entirely happy with your order or you suspect that they may be affected by a quality issue, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will remedy the problem straight away. Contact us on 0800 422 767.


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