2018 Canalicchio di Sopra Rosso di Montalcino

Year: 2018
Appellation: Tuscany
Country: Italy
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 93
James Suckling: 90
Wine Enthusiast: 88
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
Price :
$29.95

"This is a terrific wine that is one big step above your standard Rosso and one tiny step below your standard Brunello. The Canalicchio di Sopra 2018 Rosso di Montalcino is a fresh and versatile wine. The 2018 vintage was cool and had more rainfall than average. Windy conditions dried and helped to concentrate the fruit right before harvest. This wine is made from a selection of the estate's youngest vines, with about 90% of the fruit coming from the Canalicchio area and 10% from Montosoli. I had a glass with a delicious plate of vegetarian lasagna. This wine moves across the palate with steely precision, breaking up any cheese, butter or olive oil flavors along the way. It offers a snappy, lean to medium-weight drinking style with lots of freshness and enough texture to withstand some near-term cellar aging. This Rosso was bottled in November 2019 and released in January 2020. Not counting large format bottles, some 40,800 regular-sized bottles were produced.

Canalicchio di Sopra has a couple of good reasons to celebrate this year. First, they are releasing a special 50th anniversary bottle of their classic Brunello di Montalcino. Second, they have a new wine on the market now. It is a single-vineyard expression with fruit coming exclusively from the Canalicchio subzone of the appellation. The vines were planted in 1990, and I have had the pleasure of following the evolution of this beautiful wine while it was still in barrel." (WA)

"Vibrant red. Flinty red berries, violet and spices dominate the knockout nose. Then very pure, boasting a steely core of red fruit and floral flavors that linger impressively on the refined finish. One of the best Rossos of the vintage." (VM)

"Riper and straightforward for a 2018 with a medium body, good fruit and a plum and light toffee aftertaste. Hint of juicy tannin at the end. Drink now." (JS)

"Underbrush, grilled herb, wild berry and blue-flower aromas shape the nose. On the vibrant palate, vigorous acidity and taut fine-grained tannins accompany sour cherry, strawberry and a hint of espresso. -Kerin O’Keefe" (WE)

Winery Notes:
The Rosso di Montalcino Doc 2018 "Canalicchio di Sopra" is the result of a cool and slightly rainy vintage that saw the arrival of winds from the north in the final part of the season which guaranteed excellent ripening and helped to concentrate the fruit while leaving the identity of a vintage of extreme elegance and length on the wines. From a vintage like this comes an extremely territorial wine characterized by a marked floreality. Acidity and minerality are the balancing pivots of this wine which due to its characteristics is an extremely gastronomic wine, and with great aging potential, especially in large formats. Freshness, versatility, vibration, silkiness, length: these are the words to describe this wine