Brunello 2013 | New releases | Caprili & Canalicchio di Sopra
Following on from yesterday’s first Brunello release, our second offer features the classic northerly grower Canalicchio di Sopra and further south, the knockout Caprili.
These growers have released two of the highest quality 2013s and, with the value that they offer, both are very much on our ‘must have’ list of this year’s Brunellos.
With illustrious neighbours such as Angelo Gaja’s Pieve di Sant Restituta winery and the legendary Gianfranco Soldera, there is no doubting Caprili’s superb location to the south west of Montalcino. Caprili has often flown under the radar producing outstanding wine at excellent prices but remaining largely overshadowed by its famous neighbours. However recently we’ve really seen the quality pushed up a notch or two now this small winery is one that simply can’t be ignored. The wines produced are incredibly polished and rewarding, and in 2013 the balance and quality of the fruit that has gone into the Brunello is incredible. An estate to follow.
Canalicchio di Sopra
First produced in 1966, the Canalicchio di Sopra winery consists of 19 hectares under vine which lie to the north east of the Montalcino hill at approximately 300 metres altitude. The wineries grapes are grown on two very different terrains here, each with different soil types and exposures that provide different characteristics to the Brunello. The grapes from the more warmly exposed Montosoli site give the Brunello excellent richness, concentration and structure whilst those from Canalicchio provide elegance, minerality and finesse. In 2013 it was deemed necessary, due to the cooler nature of the vintage, that 60% of the grapes came from the warmer Montosoli site to add the perfect balance. One of the original 12 members of the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino, Canalicchio di Sopra’s Brunello is one of the finest produced in the north east zone of Montalcino.
These are terrific buys for drinking in 18 month’s time and over the next 5 years.
**Offered subject to availability. Delivery available from May 2018.**
2013 Brunello di Montalcino Caprili
£160.00 per 6 bottles IB
Subtle weathered brick red hue. This has striking gamey aromas, with hints of berry fruit preserve. In the palate, a wine with a striking degree of intensity, balancing breadth of fruit, with a firm tannic mid palate, finishing with warmth and sweetness. A high tempo wine with lots of depth. Drink 2019 - 2028
Goedhuis & Co
Caprili, which lies south of the town at over 300 metres, has been a steady performer for decades. It remains resolutely traditional, fermenting with natural yeasts and ageing the wines for three years in large casks. The nose is perfumed, with cherry and marzipan aromas, and a light waxy tone. Concentrated but juicy, it's supple and fleshy but has a good burst of acidity to give some pungency and drive.
2013 Brunello di Montalcino Canalicchio di Sopra
£200.00 per 6 bottles IB
£75.00 per single magnum IB (very limited)
Deep ruby colour. Very giving aromas of spice and dark cherries. A beautifully balanced wine, with a fine silky tannic texture, supported by richness and ripeness of fruit. This is full of warmth and generosity but made all the more appealing by the gentle freshness of the finish. Drink 2020 - 2028
Goedhuis & Co
Canalicchio di Sopra's 2013 Brunello di Montalcino is tight and firm at its core, with qualities that bode very well for its aging potential. That compact core is surrounded by many thick layers of dark fruit and spice that are expressive and expansive. Those outer layers give the wine softness and some immediate accessibility, even at this early stage in its life. All summed up, this is a very complete and characteristic Brunello that offers stunning quality for medium or long-term drinking.
96 points Wine Advocate, Monica Larner
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