- Valdicava Brunello Di Montalcino 2009 Product #28252 (In Stock)
Like 2011, the 2009 harvest was quite warm, yielding softer wines than in 2004 or 2006. While this 2009s won’t go the 20+ years in cellar that Valdicava usually will, it compensates by being much more open and accessible today. It’s a rich, deeply flavored, wine that shows the dark fruit, fresh floral, and dark chocolate flavors Valdicava is known for, but in a more silky, elegant, package than usual. Marvelous wine.
“A silky, fine 2009 Brunello with light berry, chocolate and prune character. Medium to full body. Ultra-fine tannins. A wonderfully crafted Valdicava along the same lines as the excellent 2004. Drink or hold.” James Suckling 94 points
“Vincenzo Abbruzzese’s 2009 Brunello di Montalcino is a dense and full-bodied rendition that delivers an enormously floral bouquet of crushed rose petal and dried potpourri with background tones of cinnamon stick, root beer and caramelized brown sugar. Past vintages of this wine have shown great power and structure in the mouth, but the 2009 vintage is veiled and nuanced instead. There’s a silky and tight quality to the tannin backed by a long, polished feel. The wine never feels bulky or dense. It will be interesting to see how it evolves, but if you don’t want to wait, it can also be consumed in the near-term. Drink: 2016-2024.”Wine Advocate 92+ points
- Valdicava Brunello Di Montalcino 2010 Product #29187 (In Stock)
“Valdicava” is always one of the most respected names in the Brunello zone of Tuscany’s Montalcino region. Owner/winemaker Vincenzo Abbruzzese’s meticulous, biodynamic, farming, naturally low yields, minimal intervention winemaking, and viciously strict selection in vineyard and cellar delivers lush, powerful, Brunello that impresses young and unfurls beautifully with a decade-plus in cellar. There’s always a lush, rich, texture to Vincenzo’s wines and oodles of ripe black cherry fruit, but also lovely accents of crushed flowers, tobacco, licorice, balsamic, and more. I suspect this will be fairly closed on arrival, so plan to give it a few years to open.
“Absolutely stunning aromas of nectarine, orange peel, sweet black cherry, plums and flowers. Licorice and mushroom. It's full bodied, with layers of ultra-fine tannins and hints of tangy acidity. Such beautiful length and beauty to this wine. It's powerful and structured yet shows a gorgeous finesse and length. Truly wondrous. So long and refined. The texture is phenomenal. Better in 2016.” James Suckling 99 points
"The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino is one of the very best wines I have tasted here in recent years. Dark red cherries, mint, game, smoke, tobacco and licorice are all deeply expressive in a mid-weight, very classic feeling Brunello long on class and personality. Big yet silky tannins frame the dramatic, intense finish. The Valdicava wines are always big, but the 2010 is a bit pulled back, and striking." Antonio Galloni 94 points