CANALICCHIO DI SOPRA
One of our perennial favorite Montalcino producers, Canalicchio di Sopra has established a reputation for crafting some of the most elegant and age-worthy Brunellos available today. Garnering 95 points for their flagship 2016 Brunello and 98 points for both the 2015 Riserva and the highly anticipated 2016 single-vineyard ‘La Casaccia,’ the 2015 Canalicchio di Sopra wines are unforgettable, ethereal examples of Sangiovese. There has been a lot of hype surrounding the 2016 vintage, and for good reason: it’s being heralded as one of the finest vintages for Brunello to date; Vinous Media calls the year “radiance personified.” Canalicchio di Sopra manages to produce classically styled wines even in difficult vintages, and with the ideal growing conditions of 2016, they have created magnificent wines that will blow you away with their intensity of flavor, striking aromatics, and perfect balance of elegance and power. For one week only, we’re offering these new 2016 releases along with the 2015 Riserva and 2019 Rosso di Montalcino for unbeatable, Mix & Match prices!
In 2007, Francesco Ripaccioli took over the estate from his grandfather, Primo Pacenti. He had big shoes to fill: Pacenti was one of the 12 founders of the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino, which is credited with helping the appellation acquire Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) status, and later having it named Italy's first DOCG. Under his vision, Canalicchio di Sopra built its reputation and arguably created the definition for the “classic” Brunello di Montalcino style. The generational transition ushered in a new wave for Canalicchio di Sopra, and Ripaccioli was quick to modernize practices in the winery and vineyards, analyzing the vineyards parcel by parcel and replacing decades-old barrels; the results have been spectacular and the wines are better than ever. There has been a recent trend to produce singular, vineyard-specific Brunellos (much in the style of Piedmont or Burgundy) to more precisely express different terroirs, and as Ripaccioli explains, “this was my hope from the beginning: to make wines that are very, very specific." Canalicchio di Sopra releases continue to be among the most sought after in the region, so we suggest acting quickly to secure these highly rated gems with special pricing (available for one week only!).
*Offer NOT valid in-store. This offer is made pre-arrival, with wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in Summer 2021. All sale prices are the lowest available at Total Wine & More and ONLY valid through Concierge Sales. No further discounts or coupons may be applied. Offer not valid in CO, DE, IL, LA, KY, MO, NC, NM, NY, TN, or WI. This offer is for ONE WEEK, or until sold out, and will expire on Thursday, March 4, 2021.