Canalicchio di SopraFounded
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.
Although Brunellos are generally regarded as more pronounced
in character than the wines of Chianti, such a generic and
broad description is more convenient than it is accurate.
Distinctions in climate and soil between the northern and
southern parts of the Montalcino zone account for important
differences. 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.