Wild herb, perfumed berry and pressed rose aromas lift out of the glass along with a whiff of eucalyptus. Smooth, delicious and balanced, the lithe palate has great tension, doling out juicy red cherry, raspberry compote, star anise and baking spice backed up by vibrant acidity. Silky tannins give it extraordinary elegance and linear structure. It won't take years to come around but it also boasts good midterm aging potential. Drink 2021–2029. *Editors' Choice* (KO)
Like most producers in Montalcino, Baricci saw a sharp decrease in yields in this vintage. Production of the 2014 Brunello di Montalcino was lowered by one-third compared to an average year. Fruit for this wine comes from well-draining soils located on the flank of the Montosoli hill where steady breezes help to keep the vines healthy. This difficult vintage created many dangers for winemakers. The grape skins were thinner and more fragile. Maceration times were shortened as a result. Baricci usually does anywhere from 25 to 30 days of skin contact, but this wine from 2014 only saw ten days. The desired color was achieved, although this wine, like most of its peers, is a little brighter and thinner in appearance. On the upside, any green tannins were avoided, and the wine shows bright berry nuances followed by a polished, silky finish. (ML)
Bright medium red. Very pure red cherry, blood orange, nutmeg, cinnamon, minerals and botanical herbs on the captivating nose. Sleek, vibrant, and fine-grained, with a restrained sweetness to the red cherry, balsamic and licorice flavors. Focused and energetic but pliant, with the flavors extended by lively but harmonious acidity. Noble tannins spread out to saturate the palate on the long, multidimensional finish. Probably the 2014 Brunello of the vintage. (ID)
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