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.
The 2020 Rosso di Montalcino is floral and finessed in the glass. A mix of peppery wildflowers and savory herbs gives way to dusty dried strawberries. It?s graceful nearly weightless on the palate impressing with its sour cherry-berry fruits and mineral-tinged acids that create a lovely inner tension. The 2020 cleans up beautifully through the finale crisp and almost saline in character with rose tones and hints of licorice that resonate on. This is such a pretty expression of the vintage. - By Eric Guido on October 2022v