Situated about 20 minutes’ drive north of Montalcino close to Montesoli, the Valdicava estate was purchased by the current owner Vincenzo Abbruzzese’s grandfather in 1953. Brunello has been made here since 1968. The property is extremely well situated between Val di Suga and Capazzo in the Montalcino foothills and comprises 27 hectares of vines planted in a mix of sand, clay and galestro soils at about 330 meters altitude.
About 40,000 bottles of the regular Brunello are made from various parcels. There is also a Madonna del Piano Riserva bottling from a specific site of old vines which is made in the best years.
Valdicava is a perfectionist estate founded on careful research with no expense or effort spared to improve quality both in the vineyard and the cellar.
The Brunello ages two years in large Slavonian oaks and two further years in bottle. The wine typically shows a rich, full bodied and opulent style but with refinement and distinction.
Deep ruby-colored with a light purple tinge the 2016 Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Madonna Del Piano takes on another gear with its rich perfume unfolding with lavender black cherry cassis fresh leather licorice fresh soil and sage. The wine is full-bodied with a ripe velveteen texture while maintaining freshness and it is elegantly rounded through the mid-palate with notes of black plum Earl Grey scorched earth and tea leaf. This seems to be moving at a glacial pace in its evolution and certainly warrants at least a few more years in cellar. Drink 2026-2050.js
This is heavenly on the nose with fresh flowers such as violet and cherries with undertones of freshly shaved sandalwood. Itâ€™s full-bodied with very fine tannins that are focused and intense with a polished nature. This is a complete wine that impresses at every level. Give it at least five to six years to come together and resolve the tannin structure. Better after 2027.
This red is both expressive and complex and it's already revealing tertiary hints of truffle fading roses and spice. Features cherry raspberry iron eucalyptus and anise flavors allied to a firm compact structure. Balanced and long with fresh fruit spice and mineral accents lingering on the endless finish. Best from 2025 through 2045. ?B.S.
The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna del Piano is totally captivating: deep dark and viral. It smolders up from the glass with a th
The Valdicava 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna del Piano impresses for its intensity its balance and its freshness. The wine is medium to full-bodied with a good amount of fruit weight and power that is offset by acidity and the lifted vibrant quality of the bouquet. If balance is the objective this wine meets it goals although like with many of its peers you certainly won't miss the deep inner power of this determined Brunello.