2018 Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino

96 Points Kerin O'Keefe
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One of the great names of Montalcino. Canalicchio di Sopra create some of the most profound wines of this region, with serious structure and tannins set against a compellingly bright and nuanced expression of red fruits and spice. Typical and yet so much better than many of its competitors, this is truly a premium choice in Brunello.
$115.00 in mixed 6+ or $130.00 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

96/100 Kerin O'Keefe

"The 2018 Brunello di Montalcino from Canalicchio di Sopra boasts great aromatics of wild rose, new leather forest floor and perfumed berry that align with whiffs of spice. It’s savory and loaded with finesse, featuring juicy red cherry, botanical herb, white pepper and iron mineral notes framed in taut, lithe tannins. Blending grapes from their Montosoli and Canalicchio vineyards created an ideal, natural balance. Drink through 2038."

95/100 Decanter, Michaela Morris

"Canalicchio di Sopra has put out a strong set of Brunello from the 2018 vintage, including this particularly impressive 'classic' bottling. As is customary, it blends fruit from holdings on the hill of Montosoli with plots in Canalicchio. The most immediately expressive vintage I have tasted from the estate, the 2018 also packs plenty of promise. Iris, liquorice and balsamic notes are underscored by an alluring truffle accent. The palate is fluid and charming, with chalky tannins that sneak up but remain velvety. Sweet forest berries are countered by minty green freshness, and the finish is positively crisp with tangy cranberry." Drink 2023 - 2034

95/100 WinesCritic.com, Raffaele Vecchione

"The ripe fruit explodes from every "corner" of the glass. The notes of red plums, strawberries, sweet caramel, incense and cumin show energy and character and best describe the North Side of Montalcino in the Canalicchio area. Medium body, perfectly linear tannins of incredible beauty and a finish that shows impressive juice and fruit quality. Better from 2024."

Variety Sangiovese
Region Tuscany
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 14.50%
Maturity 2023 - 2040

This Wine Goes Well With

with BEEF
with GAME
with LAMB



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