2012 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino

2012 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino

Year: 2012
Appellation: Brunello di Montalcino
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 94
James Suckling: 96
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James Suckling 96

“I like the ripe-fruit and smoked-meat aromas to this. Subtle and complex. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a long and chewy finish. Needs time to soften. Very structured for the vintage. Better in 2020.” (December, 2016)

 

Wine Advocate (Monica Larner) 94

“Valdicava represents its own school within the greater Brunello philosophy. This estate (under proprietor Vincenzo Abbruzzese) crafts contemporary and modern wines with noticeable density and ever-present aromatic intensity. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino reveals a dark and inky appearance with bright ruby highlights that break through the background darkness with brilliance. The nose is generous and robust with dark cherry fruit, plum, Indian spice, mocha and espresso bean. These elements are stitched together with seamless transitions. Despite that grand approach, Sangiovese's prickly and often nervous personality shines through nonetheless. The variety adds delicate berry nuances and bright acidity that give this wine profound depth. This is a very well-made wine that promises a long aging future. Drink: 2017-2030.” (February, 2017)

 

Wine Spectator (Bruce Sanderson) 93

“A rich, dense and muscular version, this reveals plum, black cherry, leather and tobacco notes, with a hint of chocolate on the finish. The assertive tannins need time, but already, with air, this is pulling together. Best from 2021 through 2035. 3,000 cases made.”


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