Valdicava - Brunello di Montalcino 2007
Valdicava - Brunello di Montalcino 2007 (93+ TSW)
I was glad to find some 2007 vintage bottles of this winery at an aucition. Decanted the wine for 2.5 hours in the Zalto decanter.
My tasting notes:
In the glass a bright medium garnet color with with brick colour at the rim.
On the medium+ nose aromas of dark plums and dried cherries with hints of black olives, coffee, leather, cedar, herbs and mushrooms.
On the palate dry, full-bodied with high acidity and medium+ fine grained tannins. Powerfull, concentrated with blackberries, tobacco, balsamico, earth and smokey herbs. Nice long aftertaste. I think I will reopen in 2/3 years. Mabye the tannins will soften and get more integrated.
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 stuck 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 and full-bodied Brunello is created, which convinces by its firm structure and a long finish.
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 practised during planting, the grape yields are kept very small.