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New Valdicava Allocation - 2010 Madonna del Piano Riserva and 2010 Brunello - 04/19/2017 - Italy

For fans of the wines of Valdicava, of which there are many, the 2010 vintage counts among the best in recent memory. Earning 99 and 100 points respectively, the Brunello di Montalcino and the "Madonna del Piano" Brunello di Montalcino Riserva have already entered the pantheon of the top Brunello of the modern era. Crafted in a sleek international style, these are big bold wines, yet still show the underlying restraint of their vintage. The glowing reviews below leap from one superlative to the next with the critics more than impressed by these these singular efforts from Vincenzo Abbruzzese. In-stock, now is the time to secure these legendary bottles before allocations dwindle and prices begin to rise. Simply put these are must have bottle for anybody that adores the best of Brunello, and some of the most world-class and collectible wines you’ll find in all of Tuscany

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
2010 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 99 $118.95 View
2010 Valdicava "Madonna del Piano" Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 100 $194.99 View

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2010 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino ($118.95)

99 points James Suckling: "Absolutely stunning aromas of nectarine, orange peel, sweet black cherry, plums and flowers. Licorice and mushroom It's full body, with layers of ultra-fine tannins and hints of tangy acidity. Such beautiful length and beauty to this wine. It's powerful and structured yet shows a gorgeous finesse and length. Truly wondrous. So long and refined. The texture is phenomenal." (12/2014)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Effusive aromas of incense, green olive, sweet strawberry and cherry, licorice and leather mark this structured version. The tannins are on the beefy side, but this finishes long, with enough fruit and spice for balance. Best from 2018 through 2032. *Collectibles* (BS)" (04/2015)

94 points Vinous: "The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino is one of the very best wines I have tasted here in recent years. Dark red cherries, mint, game, smoke, tobacco and licorice are all deeply expressive in a mid-weight, very classic feeling Brunello long on class and personality. Big yet silky tannins frame the dramatic, intense finish. The Valdicava wines are always big, but the 2010 is a bit pulled back, and striking. (AG)" (02/2015)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The gamy 2010 Brunello di Montalcino does a great job of presenting intensity and elegance all in the same delicious package. That's not easy to do and the excellent 2010 fruit plays a big role in achieving this goal. The wine offers a long succession of aromas that span from ripe fruit, to smoked meat, to grilled herb and soft spice. Delicate tones of licorice, cola and anise seed add life and energy. The list goes on. The wine's mouthfeel is best characterized by softness and structure, a two-fold approach that gives high hopes for the long aging potential of this wine. Valdicava's Brunello will appeal to those who love earthy and leathery notes in their Brunello. (ML)" (02/2015)

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2010 Valdicava "Madonna del Piano" Brunello di Montalcino Riserva ($194.99)

100 points James Suckling: "A wine with superb finesse and depth. So subtle and understated yet powerful and long. The tannin intensity is amazing. It just builds like a massive wave. Superb. Give this time in the bottle. The length is endless. Better in 2018." (11/2016)

96 points Wine Spectator: "A pure, focused style, with a beam of black cherry anchoring the leather, mineral, hibiscus tea and earth flavors. Well-structured, young and fresh, with a lingering aftertaste of fruit, mineral and woodsy details. Best from 2019 through 2035. *Collectibles* (BS)" (06/2016)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Here is a big wine with lofty ambitions and an impactful presentation. The Valdicava 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna del Piano hits all the right buttons. The wine shows a profound sense of elegance and poise with subtle berry notes that blend into spice, licorice and tar. Those bright and lively aromatic components fold gracefully within the wine's tight texture, its sheer power and the silky nature of the tannins. This wine promises a long and steady aging future ahead. 95+ (ML)" (08/2016)

93 points Vinous: "The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna del Piano is a classic Valdicava wine built on power, intensity and depth. Black cherry, smoke, licorice, dark spices and menthol make a strong first impression, followed by huge waves of tannin and acidity that will require at least a few years to settle down. In a part of Montalcino that is known for finesse, the Madonna del Piano is decidedly powerful, concentrated and extracted. Readers will want to give the 2010 a good bit of air, as the Madonna del Piano needs quite a bit of time to open up. (AG)" (02/2016)