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Capanna Brunello di Montalcino 2010 750ml
Capanna Brunello di Montalcino 2010 750ml
Price: $54.99
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The child of a landmark vintage, the ripe yet precise '10 Brunello from Capanna wraps its succulent red fruit around a core of telltale Montalcino terroir--earth, cypress, wildflowers, and spice--then dusts it with mocha and layers it with cigar wrapper. Velvety tannins grip the palate, and this wine’s fine structure means you can lay down this ’10 for later enjoyment. A small, family-owned-and-operated Montosoli estate that has long been a favorite of IWM, Capanna has made a reputation for sensuous Brunellos with fuller bodies and impressive structures.
Capanna Brunello di Montalcino 2012 750ml
Capanna Brunello di Montalcino 2012 750ml
Price: $54.99

Capanna’s powerful, darkly beautiful ’12 Brunello explodes out of the glass with a profusion of ripe red and blue fruits, cigar wrapper, chestnut husks, wildflowers, underbrush and licorice. Silky, fine-grained tannins snuggle the palate, a sweet inner perfume greets the senses, and earthy minerals propel this luscious wine to a lingering finish; you can drink this ’12 Brunello almost upon release, yet it has the structure to drink for upwards of a decade. A small, family-owned-and-operated Montosoli estate that has long been a favorite of IWM, Capanna has made a reputation for sensuous Brunellos with fuller bodies and impressive structures. This wine ages in large oak casks for 34 to 38 months, followed by six months in bottle before release.
Fornace Brunello di Montalcino 1997 750ml
Price: $65.00

This Brunello di Montalcino is put on the market five years after the grape-harvest; the wine is ready to drink now but can last several more years
Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna I Paganelli 2006 750ml
Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna I Paganelli 2006 750ml
Price: $74.99

Initially established at the close of the 19th century, quality-oriented production commenced at the Francheschi family’s renowned estate only in 1958, when esteemed enologist Pierluigi Talenti accepted the post of winemaker. Situated in the zone of Sant’Angelo in the Colle region, Il Poggione emerged as one of the foremost producers of classic and elegant Brunello with the release of the 1965 vintage, an effort that received universal recognition as a consummate expression of Montalcino’s

Talenti’s tenure at Il Poggione spanned a period of over 40 years, but relatively early into his distinguished career, he began to train current winemaker Fabrizio Bindocci, who served as Talenti’s assistant winemaker for slightly over two decades. The estate’s vineyard holdings currently comprise 247 acres in the Brunello di Montalcino zone; 118 acres are dedicated to vines for Brunello (both regular and riserva bottlings), while the remaining 132 accommodate Rosso di Montalcino production, as well as Cabernet Sauvignon and white varietals.

Il Poggione is situated in the southern portion of the Montalcino zone, which generally receives the beneficent impact of a more full-fledged and generous Mediterranean climate as well as sandier soils, less wind, and lower altitudes than estates positioned in the northern zones. While the wines issuing from the south generally display a dense, fruity, low-acid character, microclimates do account for significant distinctions among the estates. Such is the case with Il Poggione, whose vineyards lie at a range of 150 to 450 meters above sea level. Thus, the estate’s wines tend to go against type—the regional proclivity— achieving a rare equilibrium between structure and balance.

Thus, while the wines under Bindocci have evoked a slight modern influence (primarily via their state upon release, which demonstrates a less evolved character than exhibited formerly with Talenti’s), they are still positioned within Montalcino’s classic school. Bindocci, in fact, is known for introducing modern elements in a very conservative/deliberate mode. The wines continue to provide a demonstrable illustration of Brunello’s capacity to age when vinified in an appropriate fashion. Early in their development, they characteristically display a fair degree of restraint, coupled with an inveterate potential for significant evolution.
San Polo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2004 750ml
San Polo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2004 750ml
Price: $83.00

This wine truly reflects its pedigree given the meticulous treatment of grapes in the vineyard and wine in the cellar. Intense ruby red in color, this ’04 Brunello Riserva is full-bodied and warm on the palate, bursting with notes of red berries, violet petals, spices, and warm loam, followed by subtle notes of coffee, leather and peppery herbs. The finish is long, with round and refined tannins complementing the wine’s juicy texture; now with more than a decade of age, this Brunello Riserva is firing on all cylinders! Deriving from the vines grown in a south-southwest-facing plot rich in calcium and clay, the grapes for this wine ferment in temperature-controlled concrete tanks for about 22 days; the wine ages first for about 24 months in tonneaux, some new, followed by bottle aging, to be released six years after harvest.
Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino 2004 750ml
Price: $83.64

Established in 1923, Fuligni is presently co-owned by Maria Flora Fuligni and her nephew, Roberto Guerrini Fuligni. The estate’s portfolio comprises Montalcino’s classic duo—Brunello di Montalcino and Rosso di Montalcino—in addition to a Super-Tuscan known as SJ. Fuligni’s 25 acres of vines are planted primarily to Sangiovese, with a small portion dedicated to Merlot, the grape that joins Sangiovese in the SJ bottling. The estate has an impeccable vintage record and is known for producing one of the zone’s most elegant and refined Brunellos—even in challenging vintages. This success is a profound testament to the deft and artisanal approach of Roberto Guerrini—a professor of criminal law with a passion for Brunello—and oenologist Paolo Vagaggini.

Guerrini and Vagaggini determine the profiles of the wines in collaboration, and their efforts have authored an overall stylistic orientation that weds elements of traditional and modern viticultural approaches. The aging process reflects this integration of schools, as the wines are initially placed in French barriques (to stabilize the color) and thereafter, transferred to traditional botti. Guerrini’s guiding principle keeps things paradoxically basic: He simply makes wines that he can enjoy with friends.
Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2004 750ml
Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2004 750ml
Price: $89.99
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Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino 2012 750ml
Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino 2012 750ml
Price: $89.99

Savory herbs, warm baking spices, freshly tilled earth, balsamic herbs, and potpourri infuse the tart red and blue fruits in this caressing yet defined ’12 Brunello. Canalicchio di Sopra marries texture and structure, plush fruit and bright acidity, and silkiness and sophistication in this beautifully crafted wine. While approachable earlier than other 2012 Brunelli, this wine has the stuffing to drink for years. Influenced by the past and the present, Canalicchi di Sopra’s winemaking protocol picks the best of modern and traditional methods to craft an authentic Brunello that speaks of its vineyard’s high altitude and north Montalcino terroir. Canalicchio di Sopra consistently makes one of IWM’s favorite Brunellos, and this sophisticated, sneakily powerful 2012 bottling is sure to please the wine’s many fans.
Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2005 750ml
Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2005 750ml
Price: $99.00

Upon release, Valdicava’s ’05 Brunello di Montalcino was a big, brooding, tannin-heavy wine that clamored for time in the cellar. Time has tamed this beast, and it’s now a silky, finessed beauty that layers its succulent red and black fruits with tarry earth, black tea, warm cigar wrapper, baking spices and worn saddle leather. Expressive yet tart, this ’05 Brunello might be the ultimate food wine; its nervy energy moves it across the palate, invigorating the senses, and its lingering finish coats the cheeks with fine-grained polished tannins. It’s a perfect wine for Brunello lovers who appreciate touches of maturity on their well-wrought wines. Vincenzo Abbruzzese, estate's owner and operator of Valdicava, works passionately, growing his grapes without pesticides, coaxing very high quality, very low yielding berries from his vines, which he then vinifies very traditionally with minimal use of barriques and almost entirely in large neutral oak botti. The result are wines that speak evocatively of the Montosoli terroir, showing concentrated fruit, a core of minerality, and that ineffable Montalcino earthiness.
Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2009 750ml
Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2009 750ml
Price: $99.99

Remarkably genial and open-knit, the ’09 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino is approachable young, offering juicy red fruit, telltale Montalcino terroir, a dip into the tobacco box, and a sprinkling of spice with a round, velvety mouth-feel and silky tannins. Vincenzo Abbruzzese, the estate's owner and operator, works passionately, growing his grapes without pesticides, coaxing very high quality, very low yielding berries from his vines, which he then vinifies very traditionally with minimal use of barriques and almost entirely in large neutral oak botti. The result are wines that speak evocatively of the Montosoli terroir, showing concentrated fruit, a core of minerality, and that ineffable Montalcino earthiness. The 2009 offers some serious power backed by elegance, precision and finesse, an early drinking evocation of the wine's elegant, aristocratic, smooth palate.