2013 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino

Sangiovese Grosso - 750ML
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JS 98 WA 94 WS 92 WE 91
JS 98

jamessuckling.com, November 2017

A juicy, young Brunello with berry, dried mushroom and flower character. Orange peel, too. Full body, firm and velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. So complex and beautiful. It goes on for minutes. I love the balance...
WA 94

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, March 2018

Valdicava's 2013 Brunello di Montalcino is a beautifully saturated expression that opens to a dark garnet appearance and a soothing, velvety texture. The bouquet is packed tight with dark berry nuances, starting with ripe...
WS 92

Wine Spectator, June 2018

This is fresh and harmonious, evoking cherry, plum, leather, iron and coffee notes. The tannins are well-integrated with the rich texture and the finish is long and tinged with tobacco. Best from 2020 through 2033. 4,675...
WE 91

Wine Enthusiast, May 2018

Exotic spice, blue flower, plum, leather and a whiff of game take center stage on this fragrant earthy wine. The tightly wound, vibrant palate offers black cherry, espresso and star anise framed in assertive...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Sangiovese Grosso
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Sub-region Brunello di Montalcino
Vintage 2013
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13.5%
Closure Cork

One of the oldest estates producing Brunello di Montalcino, Valdicava is located in the Montosoli area, famous in Montalcino for wines with great balance of body and aroma. Vincenzo Abbruzzese, owner and winemaker, has been making wine at Valdicava for more than 30 years. He and his family have long-crafted Sangiovese masterpieces, and their Brunellos are considered a benchmark - among the finest in the region. Vincenzo is known to be one of the masters of Brunello due to his passion and intense dedication to the vineyard, and clinical attention to detail at each step of the wine-making process.

Nearly 67 of the 333 acres of the property are dedicated to vines, all strictly Sangiovese. Martini Bramante, Vincenzo Abbruzzese’s grandfather, bought the property in 1953 and began bottling “Brunello Valdicava” in 1968. Today, with the help of Valdicava’s agronomist, Andrea Paoletti, and oenologist Attillio Paglio, Vincenzo has succeeded in bringing his wines to the next level and in establishing a stellar reputation.

Valdicava's philosophy is to work more in the vineyards to express balance and terroir. They like to produce a Brunello that represents the best tradition in structure and aromatics with more elegance, harmony, and fruit. Grapes from their Poggio, Pievecchina, Pratea and Sferracavallo vineyards provide for their primary wine, Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino.

The 2013 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino is a truly exceptional wine that embodies the rich history and terroir of the Tuscany region in Italy. This red wine, made from the Sangiovese Grosso grape varietal, showcases the expertise and passion of the renowned producer, Valdicava.

In the glass, the wine reveals a deep garnet hue that is incredibly inviting. Its velvety texture is immediately apparent, enticing the senses with its smoothness. The bouquet is packed with a myriad of dark berry aromas, starting with ripe cherry and extending to notes of fresh prune and plum. These fruit tones are beautifully complemented by subtle hints of exotic spice, blue flower, and leather.

On the palate, the Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino truly shines. Its texture and structure are its strongest attributes, providing a robust and powerful experience. This wine is a testament to the cool vintage of 2013, which yielded wines of exceptional quality and accessibility. Despite its approachability, this expression also possesses ample volume and a long-lasting finish that showcases its unique personality.

Renowned wine critic Robert Parker's Wine Advocate awarded this wine an impressive score of 94, noting its beautifully saturated expression and its power. Wine Spectator also praised this wine, awarding it a score of 92, and described it as fresh and harmonious, with well-integrated tannins and a long, tobacco-tinged finish. Wine Enthusiast awarded it a score of 91, highlighting its fragrant earthy notes and vibrant palate. James Suckling, another respected critic, awarded this wine a remarkable score of 98, praising its complexity and balance.

The 2013 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino is a wine that can be enjoyed now, but it also has the potential to age gracefully for decades to come. It is a true masterpiece that embodies the essence of the Brunello di Montalcino appellation and is a must-try for any wine enthusiast.