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Valdicava’s 2015 Brunello Returns in Big Bottles! And We Debut the 2018 Rosso!
November 7, 2019
A Note from Sergio

Anyone who goes to wine country--just about any wine country anywhere in the world--will notice the roses blooming at the ends of the rows of vines. Traditionally, winemakers would plant roses because they flourish under similar weather conditions as grapevines, and they're susceptible to the same diseases as grapevines, most specifically different kinds of mildew and rot. Before modern viticulture, vine growers would look to their roses as a kind of canary in the coal mine of their grape vines. When the roses got sick, they knew they had to treat the vines, but when the roses were healthy, all was good in their world.

These days, winemakers don't need roses to prognosticate, but roses still look pretty when they punctuate the vines with their explosions of color. That said, roses do make a handy metaphor for wine. Just as roses would tell winemakers how well their vines were doing, so too does Rosso di Montalcino let us Brunello lovers know how a vintage will be. We don't get to drink the 2018 Brunello for a couple of years, but we get to start drinking the 2018 Rosso di Montalcino very soon. And when it grows at the Valdicava estate, that Rosso is very beautiful.

Today, I'm delighted to debut the Valdicava 2018 Rosso di Montalcino, a true "baby Brunello" that is a favorite of wine-lovers in the know. 2018 saw a hot, wet, challenging vintage, but Vincenzo Abbruzzese's organic Valdicava estate sits in some of the coolest areas of the region, and this juicy, plush, balanced Rosso speaks volumes about Vincenzo's skill, his vineyards' terroir, and his commitment to his vines. And as if debuting this new Valdicava release was not enough, I'm excited to say that I managed to score Valdicava's outrageous, excellent 2015 Brunello in large formats. This is a wine for the ages, and it will be glorious poured from these big, beautiful bottles.


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence: Valdicava 2015 Brunello Large Formats and 2018 Rosso Debut!
2. Wine Events: Upcoming November Wine Tasting Events

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Sergio Esposito
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Valdicava Rosso di Montalcino 2018 750ml
Valdicava Rosso di Montalcino 2018 750ml
Price: $49.99

While 2018 was a steamy, challenging year in Montalcino, Valdicava created a round, plush, and structured Rosso di Montalcino that combines fleshy fruits with freshness, conveyed on a structure that invites aging. Dark, dusty cherries mingle with warm earth, fresh wildflowers, minerals and pipe tobacco in this fresh yet ample wine. Showing an elegant structure and a lingering, complex finish, this ’18 Rosso is a true “baby Brunello.” The biodynamically grown Sangiovese Grosso grapes ferment in temperature-controlled stainless steel, and the wine ages for 12 to 15 months in cask before bottling. Valdicava’s Rosso di Montalcino is a “baby Brunello” in any year, allowing Brunello enthusiasts to experience the beauty of Valdicava at a fraction of the cost of the estate’s Brunello. more info