Maurizio’s father Silvano Lambardi was a founding member of the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino. He bought the Canalicchio di Sotto estate in 1965, and produced his first Brunello di Montalcino (all of 500 bottles) in 1973. Maurizio is proud to point out that old land registries indicate that the Canalicchio farm was already devoted to grape growing as far back as 1835. Today there are six hectares of vineyards in one of the most coveted spots in Montalcino.
In the glass, this Brunello di Montalcino has a limpid, deep almandine color, with ruby red flashes and bright mahogany at the edge (genuine Brunello is never dark purple). The nose opens with a briary cornucopia of ripe amarena cherries and blackberries, sweet latakia, dried flowers, and Tuscan herbs moving in and out of the foreground as the wine evolves in the glass, all seasoned with a haunting, fleeting suggestion of curry. On the palate, the wine is voluminous and chewy, with mouth filing, mineral-laced, ripe red berries and sweet plum flavors, all bracketed by silky tannins and softly integrated acidity, which carries the flavors through a long elegant finish.