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Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino "Madonna del Piano" Riserva DOCG 2006 (Tuscany, Italy) - [JS 100] [WE 98] [WS 98] [AG 96]
Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino D.O.C.G. Madonna del Piano Riserva 2006 (Tuscany, Italy) - [JS 100]

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Winery: Valdicava
Varietal: Sangiovese Grosso
Region: Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
Vintage: 2006
Bottle Size: 750 mL


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Notes from the Winemaker:

Valdicava makes some of the most intense, richly flavored Brunelloʼs coming out of Montalcino today. Vincenzo Abruzzeseʼs ancestors once worked this land as sharecroppers. His 2004 Brunello di Montalcino is simply beautiful. Firm but silky tannins frame a core of ripe dark fruit as this powerful yet elegant Brunello opens up in the glass. Smoke, cured meats, earthiness and graphite develop in the glass, adding further complexity. Sweet roses and spices linger on the long, refined finish. This is a big, structured Brunello, and like all of Abruzzesesʼs wines, it needs at least a few years of bottle age before it offers its finest drinking. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024. Valdicavaʼs 2004 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna del Piano is an incredibly nuanced, refined Brunello made in a less obvious style than the 1999 or the 2001 although it shares some stylistic similarities with those vintages. Today the wine presents a weightless, almost Burgundian personality, although it should fill out over the next few years. This is an utterly convincing, spellbinding Madonna del Piano that relies more on elegance and finesse rather than sheer power. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2026. (Antonio Galloni Wine Advocate November, 2008).

Ratings & Reviews

100 Points - James Suckling
"2006 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino Madonna del Piano: Even though this will not be on the market until March, it shows such amazing structure of firm tannins that are super polished and rich. Itʼs full bodied with an incredible richness, intensity and energy. Thereʼs such purity and precision to this wine. What great power and balance. I love the character of dark fruits, wet earth and porcini mushrooms. Perfect clarity to this wine. How can Brunello be better than this?" - (August 26th 2011)

98 Points & "Cellar Selection: - Wine Enthusiast Magazine:

"This beautiful riserva shows enormous thickness and blackness, like midnight of a new moon. The wine delivers impenetrable density, extraction, black fruit, spice, berry preserves, licorice, asphalt, ground black pepper, cherry liqueur and crème de cassis. There are seemingly no limits to the intensity and complexity here. The mouthfeel is dense, plush, firmly structured and very long. Keep this Brunello safely in your cellar 20 years or more." - (5/1/2012)

98 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Intense, offering a complex bouquet of cherry, blackberry, spice, cedar, underbrush and tar. Tightly knit, vibrant and packed with sweet cherry and berry fruit, delivering flourishes of wild herbs and a floral element, this is still very youthful and energetic. Shows terrific harmony and potential.--Non-blind Valdicava Brunello vertical (July 2017). Best from 2024 through 2040." – BS (Web Only - 2017)

96 Points - Antonio Galloni's Vinous:
"Valdicava’s 2006 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna del Piano was another wine that appealed to the audience. And how could it not? A rich, dark, powerful wine, the 2006 showed all of its depth and pure muscle in a stunning display of class. It was utterly magnificent." - Antonio Galloni (Sep 2013)

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