Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2015 750ml - Bottle Shop of Spring Lake
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Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2015 750ml
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Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2015

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The Valdicava philosophy is to work in the vineyards to respect the spirit and the balance of this place, producing Brunelli that represent the best tradition in structure and aromatics with utmost elegance, harmony and fruit. Montalcino is home to the most opulent version of the Sangiovese grape. At Valdicava's precise latitude of 43 degrees, the warmth of the nearby Tyrrhenian Sea, the protective barrier of the "Monte Amiata," the coolness of the wooded areas, the breeze and the moderate rainfall all coincide to facilitate the growth of these grapes to fragrant, full maturity. Valdicava is located in the Montosoli area which is famous in Montalcino for creating wines with great balance of body & aromas.

Since 1987 Vincenzo Abbruzzese has been directing the Valdicava winery in the north of the Montalcino area. Martini Bramante, his maternal grandfather, had acquired the estate in 1953 and started Brunello production in 1968. However, wines under their own label were only put on the market from 1977. Before that, a label of the Brunello Consortium with the family name was on the bottles. The first vines were planted more than 50 years ago. Since 1987 Vincenzo, a great horse lover, has been taking care of the winery with great dedication and care. Since about this time, the experienced oenologist Attilio Pagli has also been a consultant for the company's wine philosophy. The vineyards were subsequently overhauled and the cellars renovated. The investments have paid off: almost every year in the Tenuta Valdicava a very full-bodied, structured Brunello has been produced.

The 19 hectares of vineyards form an almost closed area on the slopes of the Montosoli hill at an altitude of 300 metres. They are exclusively and not too densely stocked with Sangiovese grosso according to classical specifications and were almost completely designated for Brunello. Mass selection is practiced during planting, the grape yields are kept very small. Vincenzo, a true quality fanatic, says he spends every day in his vineyards. The agronomist Andrea Paoletti watches over the natural work in the vineyard.

The underground wine cellar, which has been extended in the meantime, is kept in the simple, classic style with functional furnishings, equipment, plants and barrels of various sizes and origins. The largest barrels are destined for Brunello. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel or concrete tanks and partly in wooden vats. 

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The Valdicava 2015 Brunello di Montalcino is a dark and sultry wine with a beautiful presentation of aromas. This full-bodied Sangiovese opens to aromas of plumy dark fruit, black cherry, cured tobacco, cola and balsam spice. There are earthy or savory tones as well, with some fragrant crushed flower or wild rose that come straight out of the classic Sangiovese playlist. Generally speaking, this Brunello veers toward black fruit aromas (as opposed to red fruits), and its smooth texture and elegant tannins are well suited to a classic Tuscan dish of pappardelle con sugo di lepre (wild rabbit) or another game sauce. Production is 37,000 bottles.

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The bouquet holds back at first, yet with coaxing in the glass begins to show a beautiful mix of perfumed black cherry, mentholated spices, wild herbs, white smoke and hints of leather. On the palate, I find silky, enveloping textures, contrasted by cool-toned red and black fruits which flood the senses as brisk acids brought out its spicier, sweeter side with balancing fine tannin and minerals toward the finale. The finish went on and on, showing both fine tannin and juicy acids as lingering red berry fruits, hints of hard candies and red florals slowly fade. There's a balance to the 2015 Brunello that is seldom seen here, and I believe the best is yet to come. This was tasted twice with similar results.

April 2020
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Ripe cherry, plum, raspberry, earth and almond flavors combine in this supple red. Vivid and well-defined by the sleek structure, ending with earth, wild herb and mineral accents. Very pure, verging on racy. Best from 2023 through 2045.

April 15, 2020
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