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f or Vincenzo Abbruzzesi of Valdicava, it has always been about the land and the vines first. His meticulous selection of grape bunches remains one of the most severe in Italy, or possibly even the world, and he was recently noted for deciding to declassify his entire 2011 harvest to Rosso di Montalcino. Why? Because Vincenzo refuses to put the name of Valdicava Brunello on anything which doesn't meet his standards for perfection. Valdicava is in no way typical of Brunello, with its intensity of fruit and rich textures; a result of extremely low yields. This Brunello is surprisingly approachable in its youth yet with a track record for maturing effortlessly for decades. For Vincenzo, it's about creating a Brunello which adheres to tradition through structure and aromatics, yet with pure elegance, harmony and intense fruit. ✦ Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2010 $129 per bottle "...It's powerful and structured yet shows a gorgeous fnesse and length. Truly wondrous. So long and refned. The texture is phenomenal..." JS 99 (1554068) Expected arrival: March/April 2015 a TOP Wine Of The gReaT 2010 VinTage: ValdicaVa Brunello di Montalcino 99 Points JaMes suckling ITAly: BRunellO

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