2006 Franco Pacenti Canalicchio Brunello di Montalcino

SKU #1074440 94 points James Suckling

 Lovely aromas of sweet berries and flowers follow through to a full body, with ripe and juicy fruit and lots of ripe tannins. Big and powerful. What length too. Built for aging. Best ever from here. Give it four or five years in bottle.  (1/ 2011)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright, deep red. Intense perfume of black raspberry and cocoa powder. Dense, sappy and pure, with penetrating acidity framing the red berry, spice and exotic white fruit flavors. There's something Burgundian about this wine's perfume and fruit intensity. A beauty, but lay it down.  (8/ 2011)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Franco Pacenti's enticing Brunello opens with a sudden blast of cinnamon stick and nutmeg that slowly evolves to include tones of cherry, Indian spice, smoke and even a touch of dried green herb. The penetrating finish offers more clove and sweet spice flavor.  (4/ 2011)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino from Franco Pacenti is a gorgeous, plush wine laced with red berries, flowers and sweet spices. This is a decidedly rich, fruit-forward style of Brunello, but all of the elements come together nicely in the glass. The intensity of the fruit carries through to the seamless, generous finish. The wine spent 36 months in cask prior to being bottled. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.  (5/ 2011)

Jancis Robinson

 Concentrated, maturing ruby. Sweet frutti di bosco nose, tea leaves and cinnamon bark. Elegant red and dark fruit palate, with a sweet, concentrated finish, offset by acidity and gripping tannins. Very good length and extract. Seductive. 17/20 points.  (9/ 2011)

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By: Greg St. Clair |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/28/2012  | Send Email
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I've loved this wine since its release, it was perfect from day one. The balance is so...well balanced it exemplifies what I think Brunello should be about. The flavors are classic, perfectly integrated, making the wine an aromatic and textural masterpiece. This wine is about balance and elegance think Catherine Deneuve not Kim Kardashian. Superbly drinkable now yet this wine will drink for another 20 years easily, balance is what makes wine age properly. This was one of my top 5 wines of the vintage.
Drink from 2012 to 2032

By: Chris Miller |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/8/2011  | Send Email
One of my favorite wines from our trip last winter has finally arrived. My exact tasting note from the winery; "Dark crimson and fairly extracted. Huge aromas of black and dried cherry, spice, earth. Huge upfront fruit. Great length and depth. Starts getting a little monolithic on the back of the mid. Ripe tannins. Lots of stuffing. Needs time. Excellent.", and I had "excellent" emphatically underlined about six or seven times. This is certainly one for the cellar and will probably be at it's best in about 8 to 10 years, and will go another decade longer. We're not getting much so I highly recommend jumping on this one right away. By the way, the winery had a rather elaborate dog house made from an old botte, complete with windows and curtains, a front deck and everything. This in no way influenced my thoughts on the wine, I just thought it was cool. CM

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Varietal:

Sangiovese

- The most widely planted grape in Italy is Sangiovese, a high-acid grape with moderate to high tannins, apparent earthiness and subtle fruit. It is thought to have originated in Tuscany and its name, which translates to "blood of Jove," leads historians to believe it may date all the way back to the Etruscan period, though historical mentions only go as far back as the early 1700s. Though planted all over modern Italy, the most significant wines made from Sangiovese still come from Tuscany: Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino. Sangiovese must make up 75% of a blend from the Chianti DOCG t be labeled as such, traditionally allowing for Canaiolo, Trebbiano and Malvasia for the remainder, though more recently small proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot have been allowed. In Brunello di Montalcino the wine must be made entirely of Sangiovese. Prugnolo is Montepulciano's name for Sangiovese, and it is used there for the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wines. In the DOC of Carmignano Sangiovese can be blended with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. There are also Super Tuscans, IGT wines that blend Sangiovese with large proportions of Cabernet or Merlot. Elsewhere in Italy it is a workhorse grape, though it does find some success (though not the longevity) in the Montefalco and Torgiano wines of Umbria as well as the foundation of Rosso Piceno and a significant element of Rosso Conero from the Marches. Like Nebbiolo, Sangiovese has struggled to find footing outside of Italy, though in recent years California wineries have been having better fortune with grape plantings in the Sierra Foothills/El Dorado County, as well as Sonoma County and the Central Coast.
Country:

Italy

- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.
Sub-Region:

Tuscany

Specific Appellation:

Brunello di Montalcino

- Made from 100% Sangiovese grapes from a specific clone called "Brunello" in the town of Montalcino. Situated in the southwestern part of Tuscany the town of Montalcino sits on a ridge about 400 feet above the Eastern plain. This ridge divides the region into three diverse growing areas. The northeastern part produces wines with brighter fruit, more cherry and high tone notes and somewhat leaner body. The southeastern portion often referred to, as the "Golden Triangle" is the home of Biondi Santi, the family who invented Brunello and championed its production for half a century before anyone else. This region produces wines with rich body, deep ripe cherry to plum fruit with lots of earth and spice. The third portion is the southwesterly facing slope which is the warmest (hence the ripest grapes), consistently producing wines with more breadth and richness. At the turn of this century, there were more than 150 growers who produce the 233,000 cases annually from the 2863 acres inscribed to Brunello.