When the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino was established in 1967, Nello Baricci was already considered a Master of Sangiovese. Today, his grandsons carry on the tradition of excellence with some truly spectacular Brunello! Ruby red and very complex aromatically, with fleshy fruit follow by faded violets and rose notes. The palate is all fireworks of cherry, raspberry and plum grounded in savory earth. Complete and completely delicious, this wine shows such terrific finesse and complexity that it really ought to be enjoyed on its own.
The 2016 Baricci Brunello di Montalcino is an experience to behold. The bouquet mixes dark earth tones, crushed stone and animal musk with sweet black cherries and balsamic spice. It’s soft and enveloping, seeming to coat all that it touches in ripe primary fruits, just as a mix of brisk acids and salty minerals penetrate deeply, adding traction to this heady experience. Licorice, sweet herbs and a hint of cocoa resonate through the long and structured finale. With perfect symmetry, and so much upfront appeal, it’ll be hard to keep your hands off; but do yourself a favor, and lose these bottles in the cellar for at least the next five years.