Valdicava

Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese

9.3749 ratings
9.3151 pro ratings
Montalcino, Siena, Tuscany, Italy
Sangiovese
Mushrooms, Manchego & Parmesan, Beef, Venison, White Rice, Potato, Exotic Spices, Baking Spices, Pasta, Herbs, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Pungent Cheese, Chicken, Salami & Prosciutto, Soft Cheese, Duck, Tomato-Based, Pork, Chili & Hot Spicy, Lamb, Turkey, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
Douglas Braun

2013 vintage red to bricking on the edges brown sugar, jammy fruit , earthy , mushrooms , out of 375 definitely at the end of the mushroom curve

2013 vintage red to bricking on the edges brown sugar, jammy fruit , earthy , mushrooms , out of 375 definitely at the end of the mushroom curve

Aug 2nd, 2020
David L

WHN virtual tasting. 07’ Valdicava, Brunello Montalcino. Medium garnet in color. Pull the cork three hours ahead of time. Decanted it for one hour. The nose is simply out of this world! Black licorice & dark berry aromas, with baked chocolate. On the palate, it is velvety, rich in blackberry, black cherry. You get tons of leather/tobacco running to the back of the palate. Juicy tannins, with a long finish. Drinking now. Cheers

WHN virtual tasting. 07’ Valdicava, Brunello Montalcino. Medium garnet in color. Pull the cork three hours ahead of time. Decanted it for one hour. The nose is simply out of this world! Black licorice & dark berry aromas, with baked chocolate. On the palate, it is velvety, rich in blackberry, black cherry. You get tons of leather/tobacco running to the back of the palate. Juicy tannins, with a long finish. Drinking now. Cheers

Jun 28th, 2020
Mike Saviage

Dark scarlet, opaque. Great nose. Notes of black cherries, plums, an old oak desk, some mocha and a hint of menthol. Silky in the mouth. Sappy fruit. Nice performance tonight.

Dark scarlet, opaque. Great nose. Notes of black cherries, plums, an old oak desk, some mocha and a hint of menthol. Silky in the mouth. Sappy fruit. Nice performance tonight.

Apr 26th, 2020
Paco Suro

Sadly done. Pirate rum galore.

Sadly done. Pirate rum galore.

Oct 14th, 2019
George Chen

Overrated for price!

Overrated for price!

Jul 16th, 2019
Shay A
9.2

Monthly WTF wine night with a theme of “something to impress”. As always, wines were tasted blind.

This was so young, but it was great to get a feel for where this is going...could be stellar in 5-7yrs. Cardamom, black tea, Dusty and underripe raspberries on the nose. High acid, black cherries, tar and rose petals round out the palate. Needs lots of time. I called this Cabernet Franc from right bank.

Monthly WTF wine night with a theme of “something to impress”. As always, wines were tasted blind.

This was so young, but it was great to get a feel for where this is going...could be stellar in 5-7yrs. Cardamom, black tea, Dusty and underripe raspberries on the nose. High acid, black cherries, tar and rose petals round out the palate. Needs lots of time. I called this Cabernet Franc from right bank.

Jun 12th, 2019
Bob McDonald

Love this wine - drinking at its peak. Sadly my last bottle of the 2005. More savoury than fruit or floral aromas although some fading blue berry in evidence as well as smoky embers also mushroom. Earthy iron flavours with very fine sandy tannins. A fantastic expression of Sangiovese - medium plus bodied.

Love this wine - drinking at its peak. Sadly my last bottle of the 2005. More savoury than fruit or floral aromas although some fading blue berry in evidence as well as smoky embers also mushroom. Earthy iron flavours with very fine sandy tannins. A fantastic expression of Sangiovese - medium plus bodied.

Feb 23rd, 2019
Ben Spicer

From Magnum

From Magnum

Feb 10th, 2019
Ron R
9.5

This is nectar. Very impressive. Plenty of runway ahead of it.

This is nectar. Very impressive. Plenty of runway ahead of it.

Jan 6th, 2019
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.3

Updating notes from 29 weeks ago.

On the nose, macerated & baked; blackberries, dark cherries, blueberries, plum, strawberries with raspberries painting the background. Mocha, vanilla, dark chocolate, fruit liqueur notes, dark rich soil, limestone minerals, fresh & decayed red florals with bright fresh field of blue & red floral florals with violets.

The palate is elegant, rich and full. The tannins nicely softened & resolved. 60-65% resolved. There is nice; soften structure, very good balance with excellent length. The fruits are; ruby ripe blackberries, sweet & sour dark cherries, blue fruit mix, black raspberries, plum, creamy raspberries and hint of strawberries. The red florals & violets really shine through on the palate as well. Sweet tarry notes, dark fruit liqueur, dark chocolate, mocha, caramel, vanilla, some black licorice, limestone minerals, iron, tarry notes, smoke, used leather, cigar with ash, touch of dry stems, pinch of herbaceousness, dark spices, dry clay, loamy dry top soil, dry crushed rock powder, just hint of white pepper, blue & dark red florals, lavender with violets, good round acidity and a long, elegant, balanced finish that lasts minutes.

Better with a good meat sauce pasta than pizza. Slightly overpowered our pizza tonight. But, still delicious.

Photos of; the backside of Valdicava, one of their vineyards and Valdicava winery owner Vincenzo Abbruzzese.

Brunello’s take years to come around and why Italians hold them extra year(s) over other varietals/regions in bottle. It’s ten years before good Brunello producers wines are truly enjoyable; which is why I still have so many in hibernation. Drink through 2025.

Updating notes from 29 weeks ago.

On the nose, macerated & baked; blackberries, dark cherries, blueberries, plum, strawberries with raspberries painting the background. Mocha, vanilla, dark chocolate, fruit liqueur notes, dark rich soil, limestone minerals, fresh & decayed red florals with bright fresh field of blue & red floral florals with violets.

The palate is elegant, rich and full. The tannins nicely softened & resolved. 60-65% resolved. There is nice; soften structure, very good balance with excellent length. The fruits are; ruby ripe blackberries, sweet & sour dark cherries, blue fruit mix, black raspberries, plum, creamy raspberries and hint of strawberries. The red florals & violets really shine through on the palate as well. Sweet tarry notes, dark fruit liqueur, dark chocolate, mocha, caramel, vanilla, some black licorice, limestone minerals, iron, tarry notes, smoke, used leather, cigar with ash, touch of dry stems, pinch of herbaceousness, dark spices, dry clay, loamy dry top soil, dry crushed rock powder, just hint of white pepper, blue & dark red florals, lavender with violets, good round acidity and a long, elegant, balanced finish that lasts minutes.

Better with a good meat sauce pasta than pizza. Slightly overpowered our pizza tonight. But, still delicious.

Photos of; the backside of Valdicava, one of their vineyards and Valdicava winery owner Vincenzo Abbruzzese.

Brunello’s take years to come around and why Italians hold them extra year(s) over other varietals/regions in bottle. It’s ten years before good Brunello producers wines are truly enjoyable; which is why I still have so many in hibernation. Drink through 2025.

Oct 21st, 2018