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Monday, June 3, 2013

Tasting of Valdicava Brunellos with V. Abbruzzese....

The Date and Time: Tuesday, May 7, 2013  10:30 AM to 1:30 PM

The Event: A tasting of Valdicava Brunellos, with owner-winemaker Vincenzo Abbruzzese. Represented by The Stem Wine Group.

The Venue: Tutti Matti

The Target Audience: wine media

The Availability/Catalogue: one wine is at classics, two are library wines, the rest are by six-pack consignment.

The Quote/Background: The winery's estates have only sangiovese grapes grown and used in the production of Montalcino (Rosso and Brunello) – 90,000 bottles a year, about half of its potential. The wines are finely tuned and balanced, almost old style, although hotter years will produce a faster maturing wine. Vincenzo also gave us a short history of Brunello post-1967, including Rosso's development in 1982.

The Wines:


**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):

-Valdicava Brunello 1998 Madonna del Piano Riserva [library], sublime, well-aged.

-Valdicava Brunello 2001 Madonna del Piano Riserva [library], fruit and flavour worthy of Parker's 100 score.

-Valdicava Brunello 2006 Madonna del Piano Riserva, $179 fruit and flavour worthy of Parker's 100 score.

-Valdicava 2007 Brunello di Montalcino, $115.99

-Valdicava 2005 Brunello di Montalcino, $99.99 Fall Consign


***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (8890 in Quality/Price Rating terms):

-Valdicava Brunello 2005 Madonna del Piano Riserva, $149

-Valdicava Rosso di Montalcino 2010, $36.99

-Valdicava 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, Classics +309351, $125


The Food: bruschetta, hand-cut pasta with meat sauce, short ribs.

The Downside: I had to leave soon after the pasta was served.

The Upside: a chance to re-connect with Vincenzo (who was last here in 2006),

The Contact Person:

The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 92


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