Località Canalicchio, Montalcino is a highly regarded area of the Montalcino region in Tuscany, and is located just north of the town. It is divided into both lower (Canalicchio di Sotto) and upper (Canalicchio di Sopra) parts.
Terroir: Enzo Tiezzi (see Tiezzi) told me (09 April 2015) ‘the soils here are sedimentary, alluvial, rich in sand and rich in pietrisco [rubble], meaning stony alluvial wash or sediments. The wines are elegant, showing finesse rather than huge structure.’ Follow the links below for Val di Suga, and Canalicchio di Sopra-Ripaccioli for more of his comments. Paolo Vagaggini (16 April 2015) told me the soil is very clay-rich, compact, and saline. Canalicchio is a classic “zona nord“ [northern zone]. The Paulsen (775 and 1103) and FerCal rootstocks are said to be 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 provoking bunch rot on berries in overly compacted clusters, a result of pushing yields to excess.’
No certification: Bucine. | Canalicchio di Sopra (Ripaccioli). | Canalicchio-Franco Pacenti. | Il Paradiso di Manfredi. | La Gerla. | Paradisone-Colli degli Angeli. | Pietroso. | Sirò Pacenti. | Val di Suga.