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2012 Franco Pacenti Canalicchio Brunello di Montalcino

SKU #1415760 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino shows excellent continuity with past vintages and underlines a house style that is specific to this estate. This is a nuanced and delicate expression of Sangiovese that delivers grace and power. It walks a fine line between these two opposites. The bouquet is redolent of wild berry, red currant, grilled herb, wild mushroom and underbrush. I gave the 2011 vintage the same score, although the differences between the two wines are pronounced. The 2011 vintage shows the warm climate with more directness, whereas this edition offers more subtle depth and finesse. Both wines are most appropriate for near or medium-term drinking. (ML) Inner quote mark (2/2017)

92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Lively bright red. Primary aromas of raspberry, cherry cola and crushed rocks. At once sweet and austere, with juicy, very pure, red berry flavours, this is rather light in weight with a gentle texture in the typical Franco Pacenti style. Finishes minerally and long with vibrant violet nuances. This ought to blossom nicely given a few years in the cellar. (ID) Inner quote mark (3/2017)

91 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Exotic, perfumed nose with hints of liquorice and vanilla, while being attractively forward and rounded on the palate with dense and chewy fruit. Drinking Window 2020 - 2028 (panel tasting) Inner quote mark (8/2017)

91 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A red with chocolate, cedar, cherry and lemon aroma and flavors. Medium body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. Shows the warmth of the vintage. Delicate and lively. Inner quote mark (2/2017)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Intense violet, woodland berry, chopped mint and menthol aromas come together in this fresh and firm Brunello. Its medium-bodied palate unfolds into sour cherry, cranberry, star anise and orange zest flavors, held tight with firm tannins. (KO) Inner quote mark (4/2017)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Montalcino Nord (Montosoli). Bright garnet. High toned and refreshing. Round and appealing already. Vegy, racy finish. Sleek and refined. Nothing overdone. (JR) 17/20 points Inner quote mark (3/2017)

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