2006 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna del Piano Valdicava

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£154.00 DP

Average critic rating : 98.0 points



The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna del Piano is a huge, towering wine. Waves of vibrant, intensely perfumed fruit hit the palate, backed up by the firm, broad tannins of the vintage. Violets, spices, new leather and licorice develop in the glass, yet the 2006 remains painfully young and stubborn. Clean mineral notes frame a blast of dark cherries, plums and camphor on the palate-staining finish. Readers will need to be especially patient, but the 2006 Madonna del Piano is stacking up to be one of the all-time greats from proprietor Vincenzo Abbruzzese. I followed the wine over the course of two days, during which it continued to improve while seeming to gain freshness and structure. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2026. ||Vincenzo Abbruzzese has been one of Montalcino’s most consistent producers over the last few years, an impression that was reinforced during my visit earlier this year. I tasted every wine in cask, and they were all terrific. I also had a chance to revisit the 1988 and 1990 Madonna del Pianos, both of which have aged beautifully in bottle. Readers who want to learn more about the estate and their wines will want to check out my video interview with Vincenzo Abbruzzese on www.erobertparker.com Wine Advocate.April, 2012



I tasted this about a year ago at the winery and I was blown away. This time I tasted it in a blind tasting in Tuscany and it stood above the rest. Amazing aromas of blueberries and flowers, with black truffles and pie. Foie gras, mushrooms and white truffles too. Powerful, with great depth of gorgeous fruit and ultra-fine tannins. It fills your mouth with fruit and ripe tannins. Complex and long. A breathtaking wine. Truly glorious. Better in 2015. Feb 12, www.jamessuckling.com

Valdicava is widely regarded as one of the greatest vine growers in Italy, producing some of the most unique, opulent Brunellos in Tuscany. The estate covers 333 acres, with 57 devoted to Sangiovese vines.Owner Vincenzo Abbruzzese and oenologist Attiliio Pagli are passionate about making wines which are expressions of the terroir. The focus is all about the immaculately kept vineyards: Valdicava’s Brunello is made from some of the lowest yields in Tuscany, which gives the wines their wonderfully deep colour and concentration.

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