Our Riserva-level Brunello is produced only in the best years — in our history, that means only 14 times. Each vintage bottling has to be able to be a landmark in the winery’s history. This is a special vintage that features fruit exclusively from the Vigna Vecchia Mercatale vineyard within the Canalicchio cru.
2015 was not only one of the most incredible vintages in the history of Montalcino, but it also represented a very special time for our family, as 2015 was our 50th harvest. 2015 has been widely recognized as a vintage that combines soft tannins with a beautiful balance of freshness and ripeness. Mild weather allowed a very slow, long harvest, during which the additional hang time gave the grapes time to ripen evenly and create beautifully balanced tannins to counter the bold concentration of the fruit. Overall, 2015 was an absolutely stellar vintage that highlights the true potential of Brunello as a wine that can age and develop for decades after bottling.
95+ points, Eric Guido, Vinous Media – “The 2015 Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a dark and exotic expression of Sangiovese. It pulls you closer to the glass with an alluring display, showing medicinal cherry, plum, a sweet dusting of cinnamon, clove and finally crushed violets. The textures are like pure silk being slowly draped across your palate, offset by tart red and black fruits, as a complex web of acids, minerals and tannins saturate, clamping down toward the close. Structured and tart, as it should be at this youthful phase, the 2015 is still just an infant, with the potential for over a decade’s worth of positive evolution. This year’s Riserva hails from fruit exclusively from the Vigna Vecchia Mercatale vineyard within the Canalicchio cru, and it spends only two extra months in 2,500-liter Slavonian oak casks prior to bottling. Tasted over the course of two days it got better each time I revisited it.”