2015 Baccinetti "La Saporoia" Rosso di Montalcino SKU #1295591


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Tasting Notes

Affectionately named "Catzilla" by our staff because of the seemingly oversized orange cat adorning the label, the Baccinetti hails from south slope Montalcino vineyards adjacent to Lisini. The Baccinetti family has worked their family farm south of Montalcino since 1935, but 2004 was their first vintage of estate-grown wine. Planted with 100% Sangiovese, the vineyard comprises 3 hectares of young vines that go into their rosso bottling. The wine is fermented in stainless steel and then spends 12 months in barrel before bottling.

Staff Reviews

  • John Downing
    By: John Downing
    K&L Staff Member
    Baccinetti Rosso di Montalcino is very likely to be one of our best values from Tuscany this year. It far exceeds its price and delivers a level of complexity and depth of fruit we don't normally find at $15. Thanks to the 2015 vintage, this wine has all of its usual irresistible features of spiced red fruits, sandalwood and forest floor yet with greater weight and concentration on the palate. It's a real sleeper pick from one of our favorite Montalcino families.
  • Heather Vander Wall
    By: Heather Vander Wall
    K&L Staff Member
    We've gotten in another amazing vintage of Baccinetti Rosso! This small winery is one of K&L's favorites in Montalcino, and for good reason. Add to the high quality of the wine making an almost flawless growing season and vintage in 2015, and you have a recipe for excellence! The wine has generous fruit, but is well balanced by the classic structure and earthy/sandalwood notes of the region. You could certainly enjoy this wine now, but if you forget about it in your cellar for a couple of years, you won't be sorry!
  • Jeff Garneau
    By: Jeff Garneau
    K&L Staff Member
    2015 was by all accounts an exceptional vintage in Montalcino. The Brunellos may very well come to rival the unprecedented 2010 vintage. The only problem is you won’t be able to find them on store shelves until 2020. However, the 2015 Rossos are in stores now, offering a delicious sneak peak at the 2015 vintage, and at a much lower price than you will eventually pay for the ’15 Brunellos. The 2015 Baccinetti "La Saporoia" Rosso di Montalcino offers a classic expression of the Sangiovese grape. Savory notes of leather and spice on the nose. On the palate, bright red fruits with hints of morello cherry. Excellent ripeness with good concentration. Firm, fine tannins. Direct import pricing makes this an excellent value.
  • Jim Barr
    By: Jim Barr
    K&L Staff Member
    About a year ago, I made the profound decision that with this great vintage {2015} of Rossos and Brunellos coming from Montalcino I would buy in small lots {i.e., 3 to 4 bottles each} of those wines that I really liked the best due to the fact that I am sitting on over 200 cases of wine in my wine room and do not have that much space left. Welllllll, it began that way with some of early arriving Rossos and would have continued that way, until this Gem arrived from Baccinetti. Okay, I will buy six bottles of this beauty, I said to myself, before I broke down and ended up buying a case. Medium-deep ruby in color, the opulent, flashy nose is loaded with wild black cherry to forest floor to spicy anise characteristics with undertones of cedar and clove-like herbal notes. Broad and lush across the palate, this amazingly complex, deeply flavored, well-structured, yet balanced though powerful declassified Brunello is a stunning wine that shows well now, but will age easily (which I plan to do) for another ten-plus years. Rusty has told me to bring home at least another case, maybe two, of this exceptional Gem, which I think I will. A PHENOMENAL VALUE!!! …..A K&L WINE MERCHANTS’ DIRECT IMPORT….. ***** 14.5% ABV *****
    Drink from 2016 to 2025
  • Mike Parres
    By: Mike Parres
    K&L Staff Member
    It's back--but for how long? When K&L introduced this producer to you last year, everyone who bought a bottle came back for quantities and it sold out quickly. This 2015 will be no exception. This wine is full of ripe Sangiovese fruit, plum, spicy blackberry, and cassis with cocoa powder, coating the palate with a little Tuscan dust on the finish of this full-bodied wine that is showing great acidity and very well-balanced tannins.
  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    K&L Staff Member
    The nose of this wine is full of sandalwood, wild cherry liqueur and wild Tuscan brush that are bold statements bursting from the glass. On the palate this is a big, rich wine with a luxurious feel, fine grain tannic structure yet still has excellent balance. The finish shows a powerful structure that is enveloped in a muscular body; the long axis lifts in the finish and lengthens the wine. This is a powerful wine for the price point and perfect for grilled meats, especially Italian sausage or your favorite pasta's flavor will be emboldened by pairing with this wine's amazing depth of flavor. For the locals... this is Catzilla, you'll know what we mean when you see the label! The 2015 Rosso di Montalcino are excellent, an outstanding vintage with a real insight to the upcoming vintage for Brunello di Montalcino.
    Drink from 2017 to 2025


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