Canalicchio di Sopra 2015 Brunello di Montalcino

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Canalicchio di Sopra is one of Noble Grape's favourite producers of Brunello di Montalcino. Their vineyards are located in 2 crus in the Northern zone of Montalcino, Canalicchio di Sopra and Montosoli. Their wines are always amongst the most elegant, refined and complex, and 2015 is no exception. If you haven't heard already, 2015 is a fabulous vintage for Montalcino, and this example shows the richness of the vintage combined with rich, dense tannins and bright acidity which will give a long cellar life. The aromas are all dark and mysterious with notes of hedgerows, wild berries, incense, camphor and fine Italian leather, and ends with the length of finish that you only get with a wine from a great vintage and from a great producer.

The Wine Region


Tuscany is the region of Italy that most fine wine drinkers gravitate towards.

It occupies much of Central Italy with a Tyrrhenian coast to the west and the Apennines to the east, it has both Mediterranean and continental climates.

The story of Tuscany begins with its major black variety, Sangiovese, one of the most planted varieties in Italy, but here is its ancestral and spiritual home. Sangiovese makes up the majority of the blend of Chianti, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and various other DOC/Gs and 100% of Brunello & Rosso di Montalcino.

Chianti Classico is the region between Florence and Siena and has been systematically polluted with foreign varieties such as Cabernet, Syrah and, God forbid, Merlot.

Now, we are seeing a return to more traditional blends as producers are gradually moving away from the Super Tuscan movement of the 1980s & 1990s.

In Montalcino, where only Sangiovese is permitted, producers have also shunned the illicit use of foreign varieties and the wines have never been better because of it. Helped out by a good run of vintages, as well.

Elsewhere, there are still gems to be discovered. San Gimignano is home to the only major DOCG for white wines, yet its planting of its traditional variety, Vernaccia di San Gimignano are on the wane, but not at Castello di Montaùto who still champion this variety.

The Tuscan Coast is still the hotbed for innovation, unlike other bits of Tuscany it is the international varieties that thrive and make the best wines, with the occasional exception

The Sub-Region 

Brunello di Montalcino

Brunello di Montalcino

Brunello di Montalcino vies with Barolo and Barbaresco as Italy’s greatest wine producing zone. Montalcino is a viticultural zone which surrounds the mediaeval hilltop town of Montalcino itself. There are a few styles of wine produced here, but it is for the Brunello that fine wine drinkers all over the world beat a path to. Rosso di Montalcino is its sibling which is also made from 100% Sangiovese (locally known as Brunello), but released a little earlier than the mandatory 5 years following harvest date for Brunello itself.

The Producer


Canalicchio di Sopra

Canalicchio di Sopra was founded in 1962 by Primo Pacenti in the cooler Northern zone of Montalcino, where they exploit their fabulous Montosoli and Canalicchio di Sopra crus, turning their Sangiovese into some of Montalcino's finest wines. The estate is now run by Primo's grandchildren Francesco, Marco and Simonetta. At Noble Grape we have been long-term admirers of their wines and are very pleased to receive allocations from this prestigious producer.

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