2006 Baricci Brunello di Montalcino

SKU #1073348 92 points Wine Spectator

 A broad-shouldered powerhouse of a red, packed with cherry, wild herb and tar notes, all backed by a stiff backbone of tannins. The acidity is formidable, suggesting a long life ahead, with a mineral-tinged finish. Best from 2015 through 2032.-B.S.  (7/ 2012)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Not overblown or exaggerated, this tight and carefully balanced Brunello strikes a chord between power and elegance. At its essence are aromas of red fruit, forest berry, cola, mesquite and cedar wood.  (4/ 2011)

K&L Notes

This is one of Montosoli's best! What a bargain. (Greg St.Clair, K&L Italian Buyer)

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By: Mari Keilman |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/22/2012  | Send Email
Hands down, Baricci is one of my favorite Brunello producers. Varietally classic without being to earthy and old world, this Brunello is rich, with spicy red cherry fruit and balanced perfectly with copius amounts of savory herb, leather and clean earth.

By: Sarah Covey |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/18/2012  | Send Email
Dark cherry, red raspberry, cedar, and cinnamon on the nose and delivering on the palate make this young brunello surprisingly drinkable now- but there is enough acid and tannin that this can age for at least another 5-10 years. Jim Barr opened the 2001 for us on New Year's Eve, and the proof was in the glass that Mr. Baricci knows what he is doing. Then, we served this at our K&L Holiday party this year, and the entire staff demolished the supply! Hands-down my go to brunello for decanting and drinking now- I am thrilled to discover how this will show in another 5 years. Now the trick is hiding it from myself!

By: Jacques Moreira |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/1/2012  | Send Email
Drinking nicely now, this is a perfect example of a great Brunello, and for less than $40. Complex, rich, balanced, cherries, smoke, Cinnamon, cloves, and even a touch of cocoa, all within a very nice earthy frame.

By: Jeff Garneau |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/26/2012  | Send Email
Wow! What an extraordinary wine. Gorgeous structure with bright acidity and firm tannins, superb concentration and length, generous ripe fruit and rich texture. Still very youthful but already showing its class and potential. Tuck a few bottles away in the cellar. You will not regret it.

By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/19/2011  | Send Email
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Tasted along side some of our other 06 Brunellos I was amazed at how well the Baricci is drinking. The aromatics are pronounced with dark brooding fruits, leather and hints of that famous earth. Plush rich fruit on the palate as the nose suggests and even the suggestion of some sweet mulling spices on the finish. The wine is well structured yet supple and balanced enough to drink alone. Sure Brunello is great to put away in your cellar but this one is most enjoyable open and in your glass!

By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/31/2011  | Send Email
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The incredible quality of the 2006 Brunellos continue to absolutely amaze. It seems that every single one that Greg St.Clair, our Italian Wine Buyer, has brought in is stunning and great. A classic example of the greatness of this vintage can be found in the Baricci 2006. Medium-deep ruby in color, with a slight aged edge appearance, the nose on this Gem is loaded with currants and blackberry fruit, with roasted coffee bean notes and dusty mineral undertones. All this carries over nicely to fleshy, broad mouth-feel, supported very fine medium tannins, hints of anise, excellent acid structure and complexity, and a long, yet youthfully edgy, finish. Greg is telling most everyone that he is selling the 2006s to, to put them down until ten years from the vintage. I totally agree and socked away over four caes, myself. Anderson has informed that this will be one of our house reds in 2016. If you plan on trying this Gem in the near-term, open and decant about two to three hours before serving. Itís a great wine! 14.0% ABV (Jim Barr)
Drink from 2016 to 2020

By: Kyle Kurani |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/30/2011  | Send Email
Another 06 Brunello that does not fail to impress. As Greg our Italian buyer has talked about with this vintage, the balance in this wine is just stunning. Fruit tannins and acid all working together in a harmony that delivers a wine that has dark fruit, a touch of earthiness and savory components, this wine is something I canít wait to drink over the next half a decade.

By: Chris Miller |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/27/2011  | Send Email
I recently had this wine with dinner and I was too busy engaged in a feeding frenzy to jot anything down, but I remember it well and I had more or less the same reaction to the í06 as the í07. This wine is insanely good. Great complexity, balance, richness, tannins and length. Excellent. The wines of Baricci are decidedly old school; not dried out and aggressively tannic old school, but rich, lush, extremely well crafted and oozing not just Montalcino terroir, but the terroir of Montosoli, the "second" hill of Montalcino. Iíll lay my bottles of this down for at least 5 years, but if you canít resist and want to pop a bottle in the near term, give it a good hour in the decanter and enjoy with some lipid heavy cuisine. Another amazing deal from our DI portfolio. CM

By: Mike Parres |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/25/2011  | Send Email
Classic ďMontosoliĒ nose with lots of terroir (Montalcino dust and lots of minerals).spice, cinnamon, cardamom and anise with a touch of leather and brings that to the palate as well. This will need at least a half a day of decanting and will drink over the next couple of years. (Think 2016 and beyond).

By: Greg St. Clair |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/25/2011  | Send Email
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The 2006 Baricci is a marvel of balance, and supple texture, the wine is layered with black cherry, cinnamon, anise, cardamom and sweet earth that are backed up by a bit of plumy richness. The wine is stunning and one of the best wines this winery, part of the original Consorzio, has made since 1968. The Baricci Brunello is always an anomaly in regards to the thicker, heavier wines it is such a pure expression of Sangiovese and in this vintage it is truly a classic!
Drink from 2011 to 2021

By: Leah Greenstein |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/23/2011  | Send Email
Not as rustic as the Poggiarellino, but earthy enough to evoke the unspoiled Italian countryside. There's lots of spice to complement the wine's plum and cherry fruit, and the acid and tannins are already remarkably integrated for such a young Brunello. Tempting as it will be to drink now, I think this is really going to shine in another five years.

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Varietal:

Sangiovese

- 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.
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Italy

- 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.
Sub-Region:

Tuscany

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.