2009 Baricci Brunello di Montalcino

SKU #1163267 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Garnet-tinged pale red. Spicy red cherry, dried herbs and flowers on the rather perfumed nose. Ripe, deep red fruit flavors show a musky quality but also very good cut and clarity thanks to lively acidity. Boasts good stuffing and palate presence and finishes smooth and long. A very traditional Brunello, starting with fairly typical sangiovese color.  (7/2014)

K&L Notes

The Baricci vineyard sits on the southeastern slope of the famed Montosoli vineyard site, one of (if not the most) famous in Montalcino. I love the complex earthiness, which has a sort of cherry tobacco, plum mixture that graces the elegant and lithe body. This wine favors grace over power, and needs a curious mind to delve into the layers of spice, earth and fruit. It is a wine without a need to speak loudly and leaves itself to be discovered rather than shouting out its' own name. Those who like Baricci, love this complexity and find reward in the effort to understand it. Greg St.Clair K&L's Italian buyer From the Corriere del Vino website "If their Rosso is excellent the Brunello of this vintage is fantastic. The real surprise of the event. And surprise was greater because during "February 2014 Benvenuto Brunello Tasting) the 2009 vintage had escaped me. Was it present? I doubt it, I would have noticed. Great elegance and perfect taste and aromatics. Vote of Excellence Tuscany and I take my hat off to you! by Urano Cupisti" December 2014

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Staff Image By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/8/2015 | Send Email
Baricci is classic old-school Brunello with a bouquet of herbs like rosemary and sage, cured meats and leather. The palate is reminiscent of black cherry, plum, mushroom and leather with fantastic acid and fine tannins. While some people have dismissed the 2009 vintage due to its lean nature, I love them for exactly that, totally drinkable with in the next five years instead of having to wait 15 years to drink it.

Staff Image By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/27/2015 | Send Email
The Baricci Brunello, as evidenced by the numerous comments below, is a wine the staff always stocks up on! Every vintage Baricci makes consistently fantastic wine. The 2009, with a quick decant, is surprisingly approachable in its youth. Dusty earth, dark red fruits, and silky tannins make for an incredible wine.

Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/10/2014 | Send Email
I think that everything that I have tasted from Baricci has been well crafted and tasty. This wonderful Brunello is no exception. It has bright fruit mixed with the dusty flavors producing a complex and very good Brunello. While on the young side, it can be enjoyed now with some decanting.Drink with hearty foods.

Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/15/2014 | Send Email
This young wine is already showing enough complexity and elegance to pair with the finest fare. Sweet dusty cherry, soft earth and a touch of spice are present in this surprisingly sophisticated bottling. The finishing tannin is well integrated so decant tonight and enjoy.

Staff Image By: Shaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/15/2014 | Send Email
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With so many of my colleagues commenting, I hardly need to describe this again, but I wanted to throw my compliments behind this wine too. It's simply fantastic and coming home with me.
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2020

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/15/2014 | Send Email
Year in, year out, Baricci is a staff favorite and go to recommendation for most of us. In a vintage like 2009, where the wines are relatively forward and supple, Baricci manages to thread the needle between immediate deliciousness and classic structure for mid-term cellaring. Given this wine's wonderful aromatics, with beautiful dark cherries and scruffy herbs, as well as its effortless balance, I think the 09 Baricci will drink well near term and perhaps surprise those who strictly adhere to vintage charts with its ability to improve in bottle.

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/12/2014 | Send Email
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Another stellar effort from Baricci (my favorite Direct Import Brunello producer that we work with). This amazing vineyard site on Montosoli produces wines with such elegance, purity and drive. The wines are always precise and balanced and this 2009 is no different. What is really nice about this wine is that it is so accessible now! The flavors are bright and youthful but there is no hard tannin. A very classic flavor profile, beautifully unadorned by oak, dusty red and darker fruit tinges, sweet leather, spice and warm earth. Supple and drinkable now but will surely give lots of pleasure over the next decade (at least).
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2025

Staff Image By: Illya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/7/2014 | Send Email
Baricci is one of the most reliable direct imports for K&L. This family-run estate believes in traditional winemaking and brings out the best in bottle. This is wonderfully balanced, with sweet ripe, red fruits, herbs, lively acidity and integrated tannins that are fleshy and delicious. Age it for a couple of years or throw it in the decanter and enjoy!

Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/7/2014 | Send Email
So many Brunellis and so little time. 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; spicy, gamey, full of what I call sweet earth, (that Montalcino, dusty minerality) it's a more rustic wine than the one above. I would give this a couple hours of breathing time and drink this over the next couple of years.

Staff Image By: Christie Brunick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/7/2014 | Send Email
Finally! The beloved Baricci Brunello and Rosso are back in stock! Fresh off the boat and tasting better than ever! I can't get enough of these wines. Classic structure with forward fruit, these are food-friendly, sultry, sexy wines that will win over your dinner date whether you're eating a pizza slice in front of your TV, or eating at a five star Italian restaurant!

Staff Image By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/7/2014 | Send Email
Baricci Brunello is an on-going staff and customer favorite and we're excited that the 2009 has finally hit our sales floors. Considering the number of Brunelli priced well north of $50, this pure expression of Sangiovese is a must-buy for fans of Tuscan reds. While this classically styled, understated gem is approachable now it will certainly improve with a year or two in the cellar if you can wait that long.

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/1/2014 | Send Email
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Montalcino’s premier vineyard site “Montosoli” is home to one of the region’s best wine deals too! You could pay $40 more a bottle for the other “Montosoli” Brunello but this is the real deal! “Sweet earth” were my first notes for this wine. That classic “Montosoli” nose, elegantly spicy, full of cinnamon, cardamom, anise and leather. The wine exudes a rather feminine mystique: lithe, supple, delicate, giving then taking, hinting not demanding, complex however simple, yet leaves you with a warm, round and complete feeling on the palate. The finish is a delicate reminder, not a forceful demonstration of power. It is intriguing, subtle and memorable. Drink now with a couple of hours in a decanter, or allow the wine to continue to evolve for another 5-10 years or more.
Drink from 2014 to 2024

Additional Information:



- 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. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.


Specific Appellation:

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.