2006 Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino comes across as tightly wound and inward at this stage. With time in the glass the wine's inner perfume gradually comes to life, even if this remains a reticent Brunello within the context of the vintage. Still, it is impossible not to admire the inner sweetness of the fruit and the impeccable polish of the tannins. All this needs is time, maybe a little more than usual in this vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2026. This is another solid set of wines from Canalicchio di Sopra - Ripaccioli, an estate that continues to ratchet up quality in a meaningful way.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good medium red. Bright, tight nose hints at minerals. Less purely about fruit and less high-pitched than the Franco Pacenti Canalicchio, but this very complex wine boasts musky soil tones and captivating minerality. Substantial dusty tannins call for some time in the cellar.
Ripe and juicy, sporting cherry, raspberry, rose and spice aromas and flavors, all playing out on the elegant frame. This is a delicate style, favoring finesse over power. Still, there are tannins underneath that need time to integrate. Mineral finish. Best from 2013 through 2025.
This is a nicely balanced wine with bright cherry and berry flavors that are offset by sweet spice, almond and toasted oak. The wood elements already show integration and will continue to diminish with time. Give this wine five or so more years of cellar aging.
Truffles, blackberries and blueberries on the nose. Full body, with silky tannins and a fruity finish. Much better in 2013.