2012 Baricci "Nello" Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

SKU #1376462 98 points Wine Enthusiast

 Chopped mint, forest floor, tilled earth and wild berry are just some of the aromas you'll find on this stunning, structured red. Full bodied yet elegant, the palate delivers crushed raspberry, ripe Marasca cherry, clove and licorice framed in tightly-knit, noble tannins. Fresh acidity lends balance. It's already remarkable but will be even better with more bottle age once the tannins unwind a bit. Drink 2022-2042. *Cellar Selection* (KO)  (5/2019)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Dedicated to Nello Baricci, the celebrated patriarchal figurehead of this historic winery who passed away in April 2017, the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Nello does his memory proud. This is an extremely elegant and finessed Sangiovese with plenty of energy and tension buried deep inside. The bouquet produces delicate layers of wild rose, forest berry, spice and crushed river stone. This is a marvelous interpretation of a vintage that was certainly not all smooth sailing. These are exceptional results. (ML)  (7/2019)

95 points Wine Spectator

 Offers aromas of macerated cherry and plum, with iron, sanguine, leather, wild herb, spice and earth notes. Intense, long and chewy on the minerally finish. Traditional style. Best from 2022 through 2035. 200 cases made. (BS)  (6/2018)

94 points Vinous

 Dark red with a hint of a pale rim. The deep, closed nose hints at red cherry, sage, licorice and tea leaf. Then also dense and brooding in the mouth, where big, deep, tightly packed flavors of flinty red and blue fruit are complicated by aromatic herbs and sandalwood. Currently a monolith, this needs plenty of time in the cellar to showcase all of its noteworthy potential. I would not be surprised if this scored at least two points higher in the future, hence the plus sign on my score. (ID) 94+  (4/2018)

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By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/5/2018 | Send Email
This is only the second time Baricci has released a Riserva and we are priviledged to have a very limited amount available. It's named for the patriarch of the winery who, unfortunately, passed a couple of years ago at 94. "Nello" is both powerful and refined and in need of considerable cellaring to ultimately express its complexity and depth. It's a very traditional style Brunello and a rare gem.

By: Rachel Alcarraz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/30/2018 | Send Email
All Baricci wines come from the famed Montosoli Vineyard and a small selection of grapes is separated for the Nello Riserva bottling. It has a beautiful plum nose that rises off the glass. While it is still showing the brut strength of a young wine, it has a subtle gentleness in the glass associated with pretty Asian plum and leather.

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- The most widely planted grape in Italy is Sangiovese, a high-acid grape with moderate to high tannins, apparent earthiness and subtle fruit. It is thought to have originated in Tuscany and its name, which translates to "blood of Jove," leads historians to believe it may date all the way back to the Etruscan period, though historical mentions only go as far back as the early 1700s. Though planted all over modern Italy, the most significant wines made from Sangiovese still come from Tuscany: Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino. Sangiovese must make up 75% of a blend from the Chianti DOCG t be labeled as such, traditionally allowing for Canaiolo, Trebbiano and Malvasia for the remainder, though more recently small proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot have been allowed. In Brunello di Montalcino the wine must be made entirely of Sangiovese. Prugnolo is Montepulciano's name for Sangiovese, and it is used there for the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wines. In the DOC of Carmignano Sangiovese can be blended with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. There are also Super Tuscans, IGT wines that blend Sangiovese with large proportions of Cabernet or Merlot. Elsewhere in Italy it is a workhorse grape, though it does find some success (though not the longevity) in the Montefalco and Torgiano wines of Umbria as well as the foundation of Rosso Piceno and a significant element of Rosso Conero from the Marches. Like Nebbiolo, Sangiovese has struggled to find footing outside of Italy, though in recent years California wineries have been having better fortune with grape plantings in the Sierra Foothills/El Dorado County, as well as Sonoma County and the Central Coast.


- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world.


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Brunello di Montalcino

- Made from 100% Sangiovese grapes from a specific clone called "Brunello" in the town of Montalcino. Situated in the southwestern part of Tuscany the town of Montalcino sits on a ridge about 400 feet above the Eastern plain. This ridge divides the region into three diverse growing areas. The northeastern part produces wines with brighter fruit, more cherry and high tone notes and somewhat leaner body. The southeastern portion often referred to, as the "Golden Triangle" is the home of Biondi Santi, the family who invented Brunello and championed its production for half a century before anyone else. This region produces wines with rich body, deep ripe cherry to plum fruit with lots of earth and spice. The third portion is the southwesterly facing slope which is the warmest (hence the ripest grapes), consistently producing wines with more breadth and richness. At the turn of this century, there were more than 150 growers who produce the 233,000 cases annually from the 2863 acres inscribed to Brunello.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5