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Just Arrived. The Overachieving Baby Brunello from the Grand Cru-Like Vineyards of Montalcino (Final 15 Cases)
May 7, 2020

Discover a Rare Rosso Value: Pedigree and Approachability from an Overachieving Baby Brunello and the Grand Cru-Like Vineyards of Montalcino. Final Allocation Has Arrived – and its Delizioso!

“Valdicava makes some of most intense, richly-flavored Brunellos coming out of Montalcino today.” -Antonio Galloni

You have heard us say it numerous times over the past month: the best way to sum up many of the Brunello di Montalcino from the ripe 2015 vintage is one word - delizioso. Yes, the vintage has been dubbed the “fairytale vintage” by the media and has entered the pantheon of legendary ripe years such as 1997, 2007, and even 2010. This fabled status is fueled by wines like Valdicava’s 2015 Brunello di Montalcino and Vigna Montosoli, which made waves with their near-perfect and perfect reviews once again. Valdicava is a signature of the IWM house, and we purchase the estate’s wines in every vintage. However, there is more to Vincenzo Abbruzzese and his historic Montosoli estate than his prized Brunello, and we want to share it with you.

All eyes are on the highly-anticipated arrivals of the 2015 Brunello di Montalcino, but for the moment, it is the younger sibling from Valdicava that we cannot get enough of. The IWM staff favorite is one of the great value wines of Tuscany. Sure, there are 250+ producers in Montalcino bottling Brunello, but this is not your typical Rosso and it drinks better than many Brunello that are being released. Why? It is because this is a true Baby Brunello, and all the Sangiovese is Brunello-designated fruit. In fact, the noble grape is sourced from the prized Montosoli vineyards, as well as selections from Filai Lunghi, Lago, Cipressi and Nova. This is a Rosso of pedigree, and you can feel the extra power and depth in the wine. We can now say, “Move over, Cerbaiona, Poggio di Sotto, Baricci, and Salvioni!” While these are the storied Rosso di Montalcino of IWM past, the finest “Baby Brunello” is coming from Valdicava!

All that said, this is not news at IWM. With more than 900 bottles already sold over the past few months alone, we are now down to our final allocation of the 2018 Valdicava Rosso di Montalcino. It is masculine in style, built on concentration and power, but all managed with a touch of finesse from Vincenzo and this high-altitude part of Montalcino. Truly a Baby Brunello, this is a bottle that we internally call the grand cru Rosso di Montalcino, and regardless of titles, the wine is striking today, in-stock and ready to ship today at $44.99 — some of the best pricing in the country! This is the final 15 cases.

Feature: The Prized “Baby Brunello” and More from Valdicava (Click to Order)

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On a final note, we are including the signature Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino from the celebrated 2015 vintage, but it does not end there for Vincenzo Abbruzzese and this “fairytale” year. We are pleased to present the debut of the 2015 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Montosoli. It is the first release of this true grand cru-like expression from Valdicava and its prized Montosoli vineyard. The wine has been produced only in a magnum format (1.5L), in three-packs, and a mere 150 three-packs are being imported.

Additional Notes and Reviews:

2018 Valdicava Rosso di Montalcino
Christopher Deas, Italian Wine Merchants: “This is a wine that makes me excited about drinking Sangiovese, and with the given circumstances, it is this wine that I want with my takeout pizza from Bivios (Montclair) while I am stuck at home. It simply elevates the experience and transports me to a trattoria in Tuscany. More importantly, this is one those over-achieving Rosso di Montalcino with grape selections coming from Montosoli. The wine showcases the Burgundian side to Sangiovese; it's loaded with ripe, almost sweet-like notes of wild berries, sour cherry, crushed flowers that fade into a concentrated core that quickly gives way to dry tannins and bright acidity. Along the way, expect to pick up notes of dried berries, a touch of smoke, tar, savory herbs, and baked earth. It has all the stuffing and energy of a perfectly built Sangiovese-based wine. While bigger with more depth than other Rosso di Montalcino, this is for the palate that appreciates wines of finesse and purity. Hands down, one of our favorite Rosso di Montalcino. A MUST buy!”

2015 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Montosoli
James Suckling: "This is the first commercial release of Montosoli from Valdicava and shows incredibly complex and decadent aromas of fruit, wet earth, forest floor, leaves and cedar. Full-bodied with tannins that roll off the palate and flow to the finish. Fine, velvety texture. Lasts for minutes. Already so attractive, but be patient. Try after 2021 and onwards."

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