Christopher Deas, Italian Wine Merchants: "Delizioso - it is once again the perfect word to sum up this transporting giant. One sniff and it does send you to Tuscany in first class. It's is one of the more serious Rosso di Montalcino with fruit from the Canalicchio cru, as well as a percentage from the grand cru vineyard of Montosoli. In tasting this wine in a line-up of some of our favorite Rosso di Montalcino, we can say firsthand this is a wine that captures the generosity of the vintage. Whereas the neighboring 2019 Le Potazzine captured a more high-toned and feminine expression, this is simply a more expansive Rosso, with a mouthful of generous fruit, but with supporting tannins and acidity that jump out with a little airtime. It simply has texture with freshness, and you can expect nuances of black cherries, plums, herbs and minerality. Let this wine breathe an hour and you will find more depth to this little Rosso that stains the palate for a persistent and long saline finish. I
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. 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 a
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