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2004 Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

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Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine cellar; Purchased upon release; Consignor is original owner

Ends Sunday, 7pm Pacific

RATINGS

96Vinous / IWC

...absolutely compelling...magnificent from the very first taste. Rich and ample on the palate with silky tannins in support...captures the very best qualities of a vintage in which the wines are sensual and finessed to the core...a knock out.

93The Wine Advocate

This is a sensual, layered Brunello that only gradually reveals its seductive charm. Sweet, silky tannins support a core of ripe dark fruit all the way through to the sublime, delicate finish.

93Wine Enthusiast

...aromas are rich and penetrating and recall cherry liqueur, cola, mesquite, cedar, wet earth and pressed violets...texture is streamlined and compact with polished tannins.

92Wine Spectator

There's licorice on the nose, with some salt and ripe cherry, in this Brunello, which has very intense aromas that lead to a chewy, concentrated, full-bodied palate.

18Jancis Robinson

Amazingly fine, perfumed sweet nose with notes of tea leaves and pure cherry. Wonderful precision of fruit on the palate and richly tannic... Wonderful depth on the finish.

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.