Canalicchio di Sopra Rosso di Montalcino 2010
An excellent recent article in Decanter magazine by Karen O’Keefe acclaimed the emergence of one of Sangiovese’s greatest mouthpieces: Rosso di Montalcino. These wines have grown from second thoughts to serious expressions of one of the world’s great grapes. The range is impressive: from highly aromatic, light bodied wines to dense, rich baby Brunellos; traditional and modern; but increasingly serious material.
Canalicchio di Sopra is a stylistically traditionalist family owned producer. They are not organic, but have lately been committed to reducing spraying in the vineyard. I hope they continue down this path as the latest vintages of these wines have impressed me and surely quality will go up with further conversion to zero or close to zero chemical use.
The Canalicchio Rosso is treated with the same attention in the vineyard as the Brunello. In fact, it is from the very same vineyards and vines as the Brunello, and is selected in the cellar. That makes this Rosso a truly special Sangiovese for its price.
This is classic Sangiovese and embraces the bitter character of the grape. The fruit is pretty and aromatic while also maintaining medium weight and freshness on the palate. It’s classic Rosso for a great price.
Very Good+ and Highly Recommended Value
$35 at Kits Wine