RATINGS & AWARDS

Wine Spectator

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

15 • 06 • 2016
vintage 2010
score 93/100

A dense, plummy style, offering supporting notes of tobacco, underbrush, earth and mineral. Ripe and balanced, with lively acidity and assertive tannins shoring up the finish. Needs some time, but the equilibrium is there. Best from 2019 through 2033. 833 cases made.

Bruce Sanderson

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

31 • 05 • 2013
vintage 2007
score 93/100

Ripe, lush and polished, this red is fresh and lively, showcasing plum, cherry, leather, spice and chocolate flavors on a sleek frame. Lacks cohesion on the finish for now, but should come together with age. Best from 2016 through 2032.

Bruce Sanderson

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

31 • 08 • 2012
vintage 2005
score 92/100

This is spicy in style, with vanilla, cedar and clove aromas and flavors accenting a core of cherry and tobacco. In the end, there's a purity to the fruit, but it needs time to find its balance. Structured and long. Best from 2014 through 2027. 420 cases made.

Bruce Sanderson

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

15 • 06 • 2010
vintage 2004
score 92/100

There's licorice on the nose, with some salt and ripe cherry, in this Brunello, which has very intense aromas that lead to a chewy, concentrated, full-bodied palate. A little rustic and overdone. But impressive nonetheless. There's lots of toasty oak--a little less new wood would make this even better. Best after 2013. 500 cases made.

James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

30 • 04 • 2007
vintage 2001
score 91/100

Lots of blackberry, tar and dried flowers. Full-bodied, with a solid core of fruit and a long finish. Chewy. Best after 2010. 330 cases made.

James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

15 • 05 • 2005
vintage 1999
score 90/100

Supple and caressing, with plenty of violet, berry and cedar character. Medium- to full-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and a long finish. Best after 2005. 335 cases made.

James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

31 • 03 • 2004
vintage 1998
score 90/100

Very fresh and fruity with refined tannins and a long finish. Medium- to full-bodied, silky texture. Another year of bottle age would bring it together. Best after 2004. 200 cases made.

James Suckling

James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

17 • 11 • 2015
vintage 2006
score 95/100

A dense and powerful red with tight and structured tannins. It's full yet sleek and lean. Very firm and long. A beautiful wine with real greatness. Clarity in the bottle. Drink now, but will improve for years ahead.

James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

09 • 11 • 2016
vintage 2010
score 98/100

A wine that shows so much on the nose with dried-meat, wet-earth and fruit aromas and flavors. Changes all the time. Full body, velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. Superb depth and length. Drink now or hold for as long as you'd like.

James Suckling 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

10 • 02 • 2013
vintage 2007
score 92/100

Shows excellent aromas of plums and light coffee that follow through to a full body, with chewy tannins and a medium finish. A bit more on the finish would take it to a different level. Needs a year or two to soften.

James Suckling

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

17 • 11 • 2015
vintage 1999
score 93/100

This is very intense and rich with polished and velvety tannins. Full body, leather, berry and plum character. Hints of chocolate and meat. Drink now.

James Suckling

Vinous

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

29 • 02 • 2016
vintage 2010
score 95+/100

The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is just as magnificent as it was last year. Since then, the 2010 has acquired an extra dimension of finesse it did not show last year. Powerful yet weightless in the style that is typical of the wines of the north, the Riserva exudes energy, tension and depth. Sweet dark cherry, lavender, herbs, mint and tobacco shape this deeply expressive, virile Riserva built on class. The new oak, which was evident last year, has not subsided and is really only evident in the wine's mid-palate sweetness and texture.

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

31 • 05 • 2014
vintage 2007
score 94/100

Canalicchio di Sopra's 2007 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva delivers the goods. A dark, enveloping wine, the Riserva is laced with black stone fruits, scorched earth, smoke, licorice and violets. As always, the style is intense and brooding to the core. In 2007, there is a little more raciness and early appeal to the Riserva than is often the case, but this remains a fairly muscular style of Brunello that will appeal most to readers who enjoy structured wines.

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

30 • 04 • 2012
vintage 2006
score 94/100

The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a big, broad-shouldered wine endowed with tremendous depth and richness. Black cherries, licorice, new leather and tobacco wrap around the palate in this dramatic, sweeping Brunello. Despite the wine's size, there is plenty of nuance and detail. The 2006 needed all of its 40 months in cask. This is a fabulous effort.

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

31 • 05 • 2011
vintage 2005
score 93+/100

The 2005 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is terrific. Freshly cut roses, sweet red fruits, tobacco and licorice emerge gracefully from this refined, utterly impeccable Brunello. Sweet, elegant tannins frame the fruit beautifully through to the finish. The 2005 Riserva remains a typical, mineral-laced, taut wine from the northern district. Its potential for continued positive development in bottle seems excellent. The estate gave the Riserva 40 months in oak.

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

31 • 03 • 2014
vintage 2004
score 96/100

An absolutely compelling Brunello, Canalicchio's 2004 Riserva is magnificent from the very first taste. Rich and ample on the palate with silky tannins in support, the 2004 Riserva captures the very best qualities of a vintage in which the wines are sensual and finessed to the core. Still very, very young, the 2004 Riserva will drink well for another 20 years or more. Put quite simply, the 2004 Riserva is a knock out. This is a perfect example where the differences between the Brunello and the Riserva are more about stylistic and personal preferences rather than absolute quality.

Antonio Galloni

 

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

27 • 03 • 2015
vintage 2001
score 93/100

The 2001 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is in a beautiful spot today, now that the tannins have begun to soften a touch. Bold and broadly sketched, the 2001 Riserva shows the more voluptuous side of the year. This is a classic Canalicchio wine, but with a little more power, ripeness and richness than is often found. Black fruit, smoke, tobacco, licorice and game add the final layers of nuance.

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

31 • 03 • 2015
vintage 1995
score 94/100

The 1995 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is quite a bit fresher than the straight Brunello bottling. As always, the wines of this era here show an element of rusticity, but within that context, the Riserva is quite pretty and expressive. Still vibrant, the 1995 Riserva will drink well for another decade or so.

Antonio Galloni

Robert Parker

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

01 • 02 • 2016
vintage 2010
score 99/100

The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is one of my favorite wines of the year. It gets as close to Brunello perfection as vinously possible. Fruit is sourced exclusively from the estate's oldest vines in the Vigna Vecchia Mercatale vineyard, the oldest Canalicchio cru. The vines were planted in 1987-1988. They are in their prime production years right now. This is first time the Riserva is made exclusively from that site. The depth of this wine is extraordinary. The wine starts with a playful offering of red fruit and cherry. Like many of the wines from this vintage, the bouquet takes a while to arrive at full intensity.
That margin should shorten as the wine continues its cellar aging and evolution. Yet, the slow start to the bouquet is ultimately what drives your interest in this wine. The mouthfeel is exceptional with tannins that are both silky and firm at the same time.
My visit to Canalicchio di Sopra was one of the most complete and satisfying of the Montalcino region. Francesco Ripaccioli offered a tasting of his current releases and a fascinating look at Brunello from the Vigna Casaccia from 2013, 2014 and 2015 (before malolactic fermentation). With the memory of that tasting firmly in mind, I enjoyed a second tasting of his new wines at home. The Canalicchio di Sopra 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is among my top five favorite wines of the vintage joining in the company of Il Marroneto, Casanova di Neri, Pian dell'Orino and Salvioni.

Monica Larner

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

28 • 06 • 2013
vintage 2007
score 92/100

Tasted next to the 2006, the 2007 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva comes across as relatively soft and easygoing. Ripe, silky tannins provide the framework for layers of expressive fruit in a sophisticated Brunello with plenty of early appeal. I suggest drinking the 2007 while the 2006 ages. Both are fabulous. The 2007 spent six months in 750-liter French oak barrels followed by 36 months in cask. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2022. Canalicchio di Sopra is one of my favorite properties in Montalcino. The wines are consistently outstanding, have plenty of personality and also age beautifully. 

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

28 • 06 • 2017
vintage 2006
score 94/100

One of the truly exciting wines of the year, the 2006 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva boasts superb richness, power and depth from start to finish. Cloves, violets, incense, plums, black cherries and menthol all explode from the glass in a virile, towering Brunello endowed with massive structure. Fresh, vibrant and beautifully delineated, this drop-dead gorgeous Riserva has more than enough stuffing to drink well for two decades. The estate gave the 2006 Riserva 42 months in oak, all of which it handled beautifully. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2031. Canalicchio di Sopra is one of my favorite properties in Montalcino. The wines are consistently outstanding, have plenty of personality and also age beautifully. 

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

02 • 05 • 2011
vintage 2005
score 93+/100

he 2005 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is terrific. Freshly cut roses, sweet red fruits, tobacco and licorice emerge gracefully from this refined, utterly impeccable Brunello. Sweet, elegant tannins frame the fruit beautifully through to the finish. The 2005 Riserva remains a typical, mineral-laced, taut wine from the northern district. Its potential for continued positive development in bottle seems excellent. The estate gave the Riserva 40 months in oak. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025. This is another solid set of wines from Canalicchio di Sopra – Ripaccioli, an estate that continues to ratchet up quality in a meaningful way.  

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

27 • 04 • 2010
vintage 2004
score 93+/100

The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is built on a core of elegance and refinement rather than the sheer power that typically characterizes the estate’s wines. This is a sensual, layered Brunello that only gradually reveals its seductive charm. Sweet, silky tannins support a core of ripe dark fruit all the way through to the sublime, delicate finish. Readers looking for a blockbuster 2004 Riserva should look elsewhere, but those in search of the elegant side of Brunello will find much to admire here. That said; the wine gained quite a bit of volume and depth with air, so it will be interesting to see where things go from here. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2024. Canalicchio di Sopra - Ripaccioli seems to be making better and better wines with each passing vintage. The estate’s Rosso and Brunellos are sourced from vineyards in the Canalicchio and Montosoli districts, both on the northern side of Montalcino, and are aged predominantly in cask.  

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

31 • 10 • 2007
vintage 2001
score 91/100

There is something rustic yet deeply satisfying about Canalicchio di Sopra’s highly idiosyncratic Brunellos that makes them compelling to drink. The intense 2001 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is loaded with black cherries, earthiness, tobacco and spices. A dark, brooding, powerful wine, it isn’t especially approachable today, but it should offer terrific drinking with another year or two of bottle age. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2019.  

Antonio Galloni

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

27 • 02 • 2014
vintage 1999
score 94/100

The 1999 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva made a terrific showing thanks to its all-embracing personality. There’s a real sense of abundance and generosity here that starts with the wine’s richly textured mouthfeel and darkly concentrated appearance. The aromas have certainly moved into the third and final stage of their evolution with smoked bacon and saddle bag but there’s enough pressed fruit and crushed flower to keep it from feeling one-dimensional. The mouthfeel is lean and elegant with surprising focus and clarity. Decant the wine three to four hours prior to serving. Drink: 2014-2028.

Monica Larner

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

29 • 04 • 2005
vintage 1998
score 91/100

The 1998 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is dark in color, ripe and full on the nose with abundant sensations of caramel, chocolate, and tar, and a rich, firm, ample palate which features plenty of grip and authority on the finish. Drink: 2005-2016. 

Daniel Thomases

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

27 • 02 • 2014
vintage 1997
score 90/100

The 1997 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a wine that totally took me off guard. I associate Canalicchio di Sopra with a classic, so-called “traditional” style that puts an emphasis on the smallest details like delicate nuances and lithe sensations. This wine is obviously born from a very different mindset, a more powerful vintage. Bold and broad-shouldered, it is packed tight with pressed cherry, anise seed, tar and black licorice. It changes tune slightly in the mouth where it walks with quieter footsteps. This wine is at its peak performance right now and may fade fast. I recommend a shorter decanting. Drink: 2014-2019.

Monica Larner

Jancis Robinson

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

18 • 01 • 2017
vintage 2010
score 17,5/20

Tasted blind. Very heavy bottle! Lustrous deep ruby with orange rim. Sweet, brooding nose. Fragrant and elegant on the palate with plenty of polished tannins. Very fruit dominated on the finish, for the moment. Huge potential. 

Walter Speller

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

08 • 01 • 2013
vintage 2007
score 15,5/20

Very heavy bottle! Dark, mature-looking ruby. Very slow to emerge from the glass and same reluctance on the palate. Key word is sweet concentration. A little leathery. 

Walter Speller

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

24 • 02 • 2012
vintage 2006
score 16,5/20

Concentrated deep ruby with narrow orange rim. Fruit marked by nutty oak but with real depth and lots of concentration. 

Walter Speller

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

17 • 01 • 2015
vintage 2005
score 16,5/20

Bright red. Ripe red fruits and strong mintiness. Pretty warm and round.  Concentrated and still with sinewy tannins. Very dry - dried fruit - finish. Just a bit awkward. 

Walter Speller

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

17 • 01 • 2015
vintage 2004
score 18/20

Concentrated maturing ruby with bricky rim. Amazingly fine, perfumed sweet nose with notes of tea leaves and pure cherry. Wonderful precision of fruit on the palate and richly tannic. The Barolo amongst the Brunello? No signs of age yet! Wonderful depth on the finish. 

Walter Speller

Brunello di MontalcinoRiserva DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

17 • 01 • 2015
vintage 2001
score 17++/20

Mid-to-dark mature-looking ruby with bright, brickstone rim. Sweet undergrowth, multi-layered dried fruit with some cherry creeping up. Hint of herb liqueur. Supple, full bodied and still a little closed. Sweetly aromatic on a tannic finish. Very slow to open up, and still could do with more time in the bottle. Lots of powdery tannins for the moment but with wonderful fine tangy acidity on the finish. 

Walter Speller