2011 Baricci Brunello di Montalcino SKU #1229176

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  • John Majeski
    By: John Majeski
    5/31/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    Sangiovese is one of the most thoroughly researched and oft-bewildering grape varieties, as experts have yet to determine its true place of origin, whether actually related to wild grapevines found in Tuscany or descended from crossings of ancient Sicilian and Calabrian vines. Perhaps it will remain a mystery, but one thing remains certain—it is, along with Nebbiolo, unsurpassed for making magnificent wines in its native country. Brunello di Montalcino is perceived as the greatest exemplar of this grape, and those deep, expressionistic wines from the warm slopes of Montosoli are virtually unrivaled for their complexity, power and depth. Nello Baricci, the nonagenarian proprietor, has climbed these hills since he climbed out of a cradle, and his wines are the true measure of the man, full of strength, grace, generosity and gravitas. Bearing exotic aromas and flavors of truffles, violets, leather, spice and black cherries, the 2011 Brunello is a beautiful tribute to this singular spot on earth. Drink deep!
  • Steve Bearden
    By: Steve Bearden
    12/22/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    Lots of depth here but no hard edges and a drink- me- now personality makes this a great go-to for current consumption. This big, chewy wine has dark fruit, earth, spice, herb, mineral and more in a rich but well balanced package. Drink tonight or age up to 10 years.
  • John Downing
    By: John Downing
    11/14/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    When I arrived at Baricci during my travels this past Spring, I put the notebook aside. This estate is known for their consistency and excellence and the wines did not disappoint. I was especially taken with this outstanding Brunello. Although faced with the challenge of a short yet unexpected heat wave in mid-August, Baricci managed to produce an impressive 2011. It's brimming with spiced cherry and berry fruit with earthy nuances and solid acidity to boot. There's plenty of stuffing and though it may live in the shadow of the 2010 vintage, it drinks beautifully now and won't require extended cellaring like the aforementioned. Don't miss out on this annual favorite.
  • Mike Parres
    By: Mike Parres
    11/1/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    This wine is from this extraordinary portion of Montalcino's most famous single vineyard "Montosoli" and is full of black cherry, cinnamon, anise, cardamom and leather. It's spicy, gamy and full of what I call sweet earth (that Montalcino, dusty minerality). A more rustic wine than the one above. I would give this at least three to four hours of breathing time and could possible see its tenth birthday, but only if you can keep your hands off that long.

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