CANALICCHIO is a highly regarded area of Montalcino, located just north of the town.
TEROIR | Enzo Tiezzi told me on 09th April 2015 the soils here are sedimentary, alluvial, rich in sand and rich in pietrisco (“rubble”, meaning stony alluvial wash or sediments) and the wines are elegant, and show finesse rather than huge structure–follow the links to Val di Suga, and Canalicchio di Sopra-Ripaccioli for more of his comments. Paolo Vagaggini (16 April 2015) told me he felt ‘Canalicchio is a classic zona nord. The soil is very clay-rich soil, compact, and salty. The Paulsen (775 and 1103) and FerCal rootstocks are good choices here. Canalicchio provides a marked day (hot) night (cool) temperature variation giving perfumed wines with elegant tannins. However, success is not automatic. Canalicchio’s autumn fogs risk cause ignoble rot on berries in overly compacted bunches caused by pushing yields to excess.’