Delicious forward charm and elegance

New Releases | 2014 Brunello di Montalcino | Canalicchio di Sopra & Le Potazzine

2014 has produced some delightfully approachable styles of Brunello di Montalcino. This isn’t a powerhouse vintage, but one that has delicious forward charm and elegance to it and which can be enjoyed from the off. The best wines from 2014 are beautifully balanced combining plenty of freshness with pure red fruits enveloped by soft, supple tannins.

Having tasted a broad cross-section of 2014 Brunello, two of the best this year are Canalicchio di Sopra from the north east of the region, and Le Potazzine, from further south west, who we introduce to our ranks for the first time.

The northerly situated Canalicchio di Sopra have undoubtedly created one of the finest examples of 2014 Brunello. Their 19 hectares of vineyard plots are in two separate locations and have captured the elegance, minerality and purity from these different microclimates. They have produced a wonderful wine that will reach its drinking plateau as early as next year. Both James Suckling, in his review of the 2014 Brunello di Montalcino, and the Wine Advocate’s Monica Larner, have awarded Canalicchio di Sopra 93 points, placing it in the top echelon of this year's releases.

James Suckling was impressed by it’s “handsomely grainy tannins and an impressively deep, red-cherry core” In our view this a gorgeous wine to savour and enjoy from as early as next year.

Tenuta Le Potazzine is an exciting new discovery for us. Owned and run by Gigliola Gianetti and her two daughters, Viola and Sofia, this five hectare winery is located at a lofty 507 metres above sea level, one of the highest points in Montalcino. Le Potazzine’s vineyards are split between this breezy location which gives the wines tremendous elegance and freshness, and warmer sites in Sant’Angelo in Colle further south, where the grapes produce a richer and fuller style. The 2014 exudes wonderful beauty and grace. We loved this wine when we tasted it and its forward nature means that it will be perfect to enjoy upon arrival through to 2025.

We are delighted to recommend these two incredibly delicious wines to enjoy upon arrival later this year (available for delivery in Autumn 2019).

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2014 Brunello di Montalcino Canalicchio di Sopra              
£185.00 per 6 bottles IB | £238.07 inc. duty & VAT

The 2014 Brunello di Montalcino definitely shows the more accessible and easy-drinking side of this celebrated Sangiovese-based appellation in southern Tuscany. The wine offers all the prerequisite Brunello characteristics of wild berry and tobacco with pressed violets and fresh potting soil. However, those characteristics are presented at a notch or two of decreased intensity. This is quality common to the great majority of Brunellos I tasted from the 2014 vintage. I recommend this wine to lovers of Brunello looking for a wine to drink within the next ten years. 93pts Wine Advocate

2014  Brunello di Montalcino Le Potazzine      
£237.00 per 6 bottles IB  | £300.47 inc duty & VAT       
£90.00 per single magnum IB | £113.35 inc duty & VAT

This wine plays its cards very close to the chest. With a little extra time in the glass, it opens slowly to reveal wild berry, blueberry, bitter almond, licorice and dried rose petal. There are mild highlights of smoke or ash. Fermented with indigenous yeast, the wine ages in large oak casks for three years. Some 10,000 bottles were made. This will appeal to those who appreciate the fine and graceful side of Sangiovese, however this expression is also reasonably friendly and accessible for medium-term drinking. 92pts Wine Advocate

Read our overview of the Brunello di Montalcino region.




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