- Valdicava Rosso Di Montalcino 2011 Product #28237 (In Stock)
In the hot 2011 vintage, Vincenzo Abbruzzese slashed yields by 60% in an effort to make great wine. And he did – but found that the young wine in barrel was simply tasting too good too young to make the cellar-worthy Brunello he normally sells for $100+. So, Vincenzo took the brave (and very expensive!) decision to blend all of the casks normally used for his Brunello into the younger vine lots and make one singular and superb Rosso di Montalcino.
This is simply delicious from first sip, packed with plump dark cherry and berry fruit with accents of fresh herb and spice. It’s a rich Rosso – adding in Brunello will do that! – but still wonderfully poised and fresh. Galloni marks the wine down in his score because it’s so delicious now and likely won’t improve for more than 3-5 years in cellar – but the immediate appeal makes it even more attractive to us!
“The 2011 Rosso di Montalcino is the result of a severe selection that resulted in no Brunello being bottled in this vintage, a decision I imagine few producers are prepared to make. Tobacco, dried herbs and sweet red cherries all flesh out in this large-scaled powerful Rosso. There is plenty of depth to fill out the wine's broad frame. At the same time, the 2011 is clearly evolving fairly quickly and needs to be enjoyed sooner rather than later." Antonio Galloni 88 points
- Valdicava Brunello Di Montalcino 2006 Product #24117 (In Stock)
"The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino flows with gorgeous layers of dark red fruit. This is one of the more muscular, virile wines of the vintage. Slow to reveal its character, the Valdicava Brunello will require significant patience, but I have seen the wine blossom beautifully, even in the smallest of vintages. A blast of iron, smoke, tar, licorice and new leather inform the deep, intense finish. This is a hugely promising, brilliant Brunello from proprietor Vincenzo Abbruzzese, but it needs to be buried in the cellar for at least a few years. Readers who can’t wait should open the wine a few hours in advance, which will allow the fruit to emerge. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2031"Wine Advocate 95+ points
"Though rich and round, the cherry, black currant and violet flavors in this Brunello are pure and focused. This is beautifully textured, displaying bright acidity and refined tannins that drive the long mineral aftertaste. Best from 2012 through 2025."Wine Spectator 95 points