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2013 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino

ITEM 8393695 - Removed from a subterranean wine cellar

Bidder Quantity Amount Total
2 $95
Item Sold Amount Date
I8429083 2 $85 Sep 11, 2022
I8364317 1 $95 Aug 7, 2022
I8235625 3 $105 May 22, 2022
I8184948 1 $115 Apr 17, 2022
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RATINGS

98James Suckling

A juicy, young Brunello with berry, dried mushroom and flower character. Orange peel, too. Full body, firm and velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. So complex and beautiful. It goes on for minutes...

93Vinous / IWC

... Ample aromas of blackberry, red cherry, and violet, plus a whiff of violet. Dense, creamy and concentrated, offering savory flavors of ripe red cherry, licorice and cocoa lifted by nicely integrated acidity. Finishes quite fleshy, with youthfully chewy tannins and outstanding length...

92Wine Spectator

This is fresh and harmonious, evoking cherry, plum, leather, iron and coffee notes. The tannins are well-integrated with the rich texture and the finish is long and tinged with tobacco.

91Wine Enthusiast

Exotic spice, blue flower, plum, leather and a whiff of game take center stage on this fragrant earthy wine. The tightly wound, vibrant palate offers black cherry, espresso and star anise framed in assertive, close-grained tannins.

PRODUCER

Valdicava

Valdicava is an estate in Montalcino, Tuscany. It was founded in 1953 by Martini Bramante and is today owned and operated by his grandson, Vincenzo Abbruzzese. Nearly 70 acres of the 300-acre estate are in vineyards, all of which are planted to Sangiovese. The estate’s flagship wine is the Brunello Riserva Madonna del Piano, though it also makes a Brunello Valdicava and a Rosso di Montalcino. Total production is about 6,000 cases annually.

REGION

Italy, Tuscany, Brunello di Montalcino

Brunello di Montalcino is regarded as one of Italy’s best appellations. Located in south central Tuscany below Chianti, the wines of Brunello di Montalcino DOCG are made of a Sangiovese clone called “brunello,” which means “little dark one,” a reference to the brown tones in the skin of the grape. Unlike some Tuscan appellations that allow other grapes to be blended with Sangiovese, Brunello di Montalcino is entirely Sangiovese. Montalcino itself is a picturesque, hill-top town not especially well known for wine production until the mid-19th century, when a local vineyard owner isolated the brunello clone and planted it. Other growers followed suit. Nevertheless it wasn’t until 1970s that wine enthusiasts started paying attention to Brunello di Montalcino, which by then was becoming an outstanding wine. Today there are 120 estates in the DOCG, up from about 25 estates in 1975. Brunellos in general are bigger, darker, more tannic and more powerful wines than Chiantis or most other Sangioveses. By law they must be aged for four years, and two of those years must be in wooden barrels.