Revisiting 2003 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino

 We had the first offerings on the 2003 Brunello’s and here is a look back at what Winespectator wrote about the vintage.  When the ratings got published, the prices went up.  We were, and still are, one of only a handful of Florida retailers to have offered these wines, in particular the Valdicava, which is the wine of the vintage and was VERY limited.  Being a good friend of Vincenzo Abbruzzese the owner of Valdicava, he has released a few more cases of his 2003 Brunello to me.  I can also say I got a really good price so I’m passing those savings on to you.  Do not delay, if you are interested in owning the most perfect, in my opinion, Brunello, then email or call me today!


The 2003 Brunellos are the last Tuscan reds to come out of this superhot vintage. There were some very good to outstanding wines in Tuscany in 2003, particularly from vineyards in cooler areas such as in Chianti Classico and Chianti Rufina.  My top wines came from Valdicava, Siro Pacenti and Casanova di Neri—no surprises there. The Valdicava was the only classic-quality wine to emerge from my tasting.  It is the wine of the vintage!!!!

“You really had to work hard to make something exceptional in 2003,” said Vincenzo Abbruzzese, owner of Valdicava. He said that he made severe selections of grapes both in the vineyards as well as in the cellar before crushing. “Only clean and perfectly ripe grapes went into the vats.”

—James Suckling



2003  Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 750ML (12 pk)- (95pts WS)    $129.00(reg. btl price) –    $1175.00(special blog case price)

Enticing aromas of meat-and-mushroom pie mingle with rich plum and spices. Full-bodied, with silky, caressing tannins and intense fruit and mineral flavors. Well-crafted, finishing long. The flagship Brunello in 2003. This is the wine of the vintage.

Little Brother???

Rosso di Montalcino is sometimes called the little brother of Brunello but Valdicava’s Rosso is better than most other producers Brunello.  I have a limited amount of :

2007 Valdicava Rosso di Montalcino- $41.50btl

Antonio Galloni from a few days ago (6/27/09): “Tasted the 2007 Rosso di Montalcino from Valdicava again today. It lives up to the glowing praise I bestowed upon it in the (upcoming – JR) Issue 183 of TWA, which will be mailed early next week. This is a pure, beautiful Rosso of the highest level. The purity and integrity of the fruit are simply remarkable. Great juice.”


Mark Lasky / Italian Wine Specialist

West Palm Wines



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