The birth of the Canalicchio di Sotto estate, which lies directly below the town of Montalcino to the northeast, started with a purchase in 1965, from the famous Biondi Santi family. Shortly thereafter, the Consorzio del vino, Brunello di Montalcino was formed by 25 estates, with the aim of monitoring quality, settings standards and controlling production to guide their new DOC forward. The Lambardi family was one of these families with a vision for brunello production and its future.
Vineyards on the property date to the early 1800’s, but Lambardi’s first harvest occurred in 1973, with its first release occurring in 1978. To this day, the estate has remained small with production totaling 12,000 bottles across 6.5 Hectares. The estate makes all of its wines in big slovonian oak barrels (botti) with long macerations (30-40 days for Brunello) to extract maximum sangiovese expression and ageability. This estate is highly regarded as one of the highest quality but under the radar estates in Montalcino.
Classic Sangiovese aromas of underbrush, pressed powder, violet and wild berry mingle in the glass. The vibrant palate offers layers of black cherry, dried red cherry, white pepper, truffle and savory herb alongside firm but refined tannins and bright acidity. This is all about polish and finesse. Drink 2018–2028. - Wine Enthusiast Magazine 92 Points