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2006 Valdicava Madonna del Piano Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

Removed from a subterranean, temperature and humidity controlled residential cellar; Purchased at retail

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100James Suckling

Amazing aromas of blueberries & flowers with black truffles & pie. Foie gras, mushrooms & white truffles too. Powerful with great depth of gorgeous fruit & ultra-fine tannins... Complex & long. A breathtaking wine. Truly glorious.

98Wine Enthusiast

...enormous thickness and blackness, like midnight of a new moon... delivers impenetrable density... seemingly no limits to the intensity and complexity here. The mouthfeel is dense, plush, firmly structured and very long.

96The Wine Advocate

...a huge, towering wine. Waves of vibrant, intensely perfumed fruit... Violets, spices, new leather and licorice... Clean mineral notes frame a blast of dark cherries, plums and camphor on the palate-staining finish.



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.


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.