01/12/2015

Canalicchio di Sopra Soc. Agr. di Ripaccioli Marco e F.lli S.S.

Brunello 2010 – Winemaker’s Notes

We usually classify the vintages based on their quality, which unequivocally depends on the seasonal trend: the quantity of rainfall, average temperatures, and temperature ranges in the pre-harvest phase. In addition to all these factors, one must consider the anthropological component linked to producers’ knowledge and ability to understand and react quickly to any agricultural phenomena that may influence the final quality of the grapes.


For the capability of this vintage to put all these factors in great balance as well as express itself with great character and elegance at the same time, Brunello 2010 is one of those vintages that can be defined as historic. There are good vintages which can become excellent thanks to the producer’s mastery in selection, there are excellent vintages which triumph with their stylistic perfection, and then there are historic years which represent a starting point on the quest for even bigger goals: this is Brunello di Montalcino 2010 for Canalicchio di Sopra. We are talking about a vintage at the same levels as the 1997 vintage, but with thirteen more years of experience for us, during which Canalicchio di Sopra focused on the maniacal search for perfection, stylistic precision and valorization of the terroir where we zealously tend to our Sangiovese vines.


A perfect season, relatively warm during the maturation phase without significant plant health issues, and pronounced temperature ranges of over 10°C from daytime to night temperatures during the month of September allowed for a well thought out harvest giving us the time to wait for the best technical and phenolic maturation ever attained at Canalicchio di Sopra. The harvest started on September 25 with the Montosoli Cru to then end on October 5 with the Canalicchio Cru and saw a solid average production of 51ql. per hectare (1kg per plant).


The classic long fermentation on the skins over 25 days extracted all the intensity, the pureness of the fruit and the richness of our best Sangiovese.


The three years of ageing in 25-hl Slavonian oak barrels gave us a rich, intense and concentrated wine where all the balsamic and minty notes, typical of the north zone of Montalcino where our vineyards are located, are enhanced; the great acidity is already well integrated with the lusciousness of the vintage, balanced with minerality, which make this great vintage almost sapid. The elegance of the tannins, the long persistence in the mouth and the juicy finish perfectly honour this sometimes neglected concept, that if a wine is excellent, it is right from the start just as it is after years in the bottle: this is, in short, Brunello di Montalcino 2010: a wine that can be enjoyed now just as in 20 years’ time.


Our Production
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2010 “Canalicchio di Sopra” – 375ml – 2,592 bottles
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2010 “Canalicchio di Sopra” - 750ml – 33,441 bottles
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2010 “Canalicchio di Sopra” – 1500ml – 1,270 bottles
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2010 “Canalicchio di Sopra” – 3l – 200 bottles
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2010 “Canalicchio di Sopra” – 5l – 55 bottles
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2010 “Canalicchio di Sopra” –12l – 13 bottles – FOR PROMOTIONAL USE ONLY


As for only great vintages, a Riserva Selection has been made from our oldest, at 45 years of age, vineyard of 8,500 litres, which will be bottled in January 2015 and which will represent the maximum expression of the force and elegance of the vintage. Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Reserve 2010 “Canalicchio di Sopra” will be released on the market in January 2016 after a year of bottle ageing in our cellar.


Francesco Ripaccioli
Owner and Winemaker
Canalicchio di Sopra


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