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2012 Canalicchio (Franco Pacenti) Brunello di Montalcino

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April 14, 2024 - $36



92Vinous / IWC

Primary aromas of raspberry, cherry cola and crushed rocks. At once sweet and austere, with juicy, very pure, red berry flavours, this is rather light in weight with a gentle texture in the typical Franco Pacenti style. Finishes minerally and long with vibrant violet nuances.

91James Suckling

A red with chocolate, cedar, cherry and lemon aroma and flavors. Medium body, firm tannins and a fresh finish.

90Wine Enthusiast

Intense violet, woodland berry, chopped mint and menthol aromas come together in this fresh and firm Brunello. Its medium-bodied palate unfolds into sour cherry, cranberry, star anise and orange zest flavors, held tight with firm tannins.

17Jancis Robinson

Hint of candied violets on the nose. Savoury palate with lots of refreshment.


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.