Brunello di Montalcino di Canalicchio di Sopra 2016 La Casaccia is a wine from a new vineyard planted by Francesco Ripaccioli and the Canalicchio di Sopra team at the end of an ambitious company mapping project. Brunello di Montalcino La Casaccia 2016 draws its complexity from a two-hectare vineyard planted in 1990 with clayey soils rich in mineral components. 4,133 bottles were produced. What is most outstanding is the hold of the fruit, which slowly crumbles as the wine softens and yields in the glass. Each layer brings berries, sour cherries, almonds, lilacs and candied orange peels. Later, black olives, bay leaves and scorched earth arrive. There are subtle mineral notes, but what La Casaccia ultimately offers is a uniquely compact and extremely smooth fruit quality.
Founded in 1962 by Primo Pacenti and now owned by his son Pier Luigi Ripaccioli, Canalicchio di Sopra reflects the history of Montalcino. Located in the northern area of the municipality, Canalicchio’s 60 hectares of land are located at one of the highest altitudes in the area, receiving limited exposure to the influence of the Mediterranean Sea. This position allows the estate to produce exceptional wines in difficult years because, sheltered from Monte Amiata. The special microclimates of Canalicchio protect the vineyards from excessive heat or rain, from hail and generally help the company’s grapes to ripen evenly.
Guided by the past and influenced by the present, Canalicchio di Sopra’s winemaking protocol collects the best of modern and traditional methods to produce an authentic Brunello that is the result of the high altitude of its vineyards and the terroir north of Montalcino.