2017 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino

Sangiovese Grosso - 750ML
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JS 95 WA 94 VN 93 WS 91
JS 95

jamessuckling.com, December 2021

Intense aromas of flowers and dark cherries. Perfumed and bright for the vintage. Full-bodied and firm with chewy yet polished tannins and a succulent and fruity finish that is in line and framed. Give it two or three...
WA 94

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2022

The Valdicava 2017 Brunello di Montalcino shows a soft level of vintage ripeness that translates into dried strawberry or cooked cherry. These nuances are delicate and fine, however, and they are mitigated by the wine's...
VN 93

Vinous, December 2021

The 2017 Brunello di Montalcino is a perfect example of how unique this vintage really is. This is remarkably pretty and inviting with a brilliant display of sugar-dusted cherries, dried strawberries and crushed lavender...
WS 91

Wine Spectator, June 2022

Plum and cherry compote flavors are shaded by hints of green olive and sage in this dense red, which is backed by firm, dusty tannins, ending with lingering notes of iron and tobacco. Best from 2024 through 2038. 1,000...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Sangiovese Grosso
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Sub-region Brunello di Montalcino
Vintage 2017
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14.5%
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 2017 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino is a captivating red wine hailing from the esteemed region of Tuscany, Italy. Crafted from the Sangiovese Grosso grape variety, this wine showcases the true essence of the Montalcino terroir. With its deep red color and enticing aromas, it is a true delight for the senses.

On the nose, the 2017 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino reveals intense floral notes intertwined with dark cherries. The bouquet is perfumed and bright, showcasing the wine's elegance and finesse. Despite the challenges of the vintage, this wine stands out with its vibrant character.

On the palate, this full-bodied wine exhibits firm, yet polished tannins, providing a chewy texture that adds depth and structure. The succulent and fruity finish is perfectly balanced, leaving a lasting impression. Although enjoyable now, it is recommended to give this wine a few more years of aging to allow the tannins to soften and the flavors to further integrate. It is anticipated to reach its peak after 2023.

Renowned wine critic James Suckling awarded the 2017 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino an impressive score of 95 points. He praises its intensity, succulence, and fruity finish. Similarly, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate awarded it 94 points, highlighting its elegance, pedigree, and excellent track record for longevity.

Vinous, another esteemed publication, awarded this wine 93 points, describing it as delicate yet potent, with outstanding purity of fruit. The reviewer commends its unique expression and notes that it differs from any other vintage of Valdicava they have tasted before.

Wine Spectator also recognized the quality of this wine, awarding it 91 points. They note the plum and cherry compote flavors, complemented by hints of green olive and sage. The firm and dusty tannins contribute to its structure, while lingering notes of iron and tobacco add complexity.

With only 800 cases produced, the 2017 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino is a limited-production gem that showcases the unique characteristics of its terroir. Don't miss the opportunity to experience this exceptional wine that embodies the essence of Montalcino.