2007 Baricci Brunello di Montalcino

SKU #1084332 93 points James Suckling

 Strawberries and flowers on the nose, follow through to a full body, with sweet and ripe fruit in the mid-palate, that show nutmeg and floral undertones. Best in 2013.  (1/ 2012)

89 points Wine Enthusiast

 The wine is subdued and clean on the nose and it doesn’t exaggerate or mask the quality of fruit. This is executed in a bright, compact and streamlined style that combines freshness and firmness.  (5/ 2012)

3 points Gambero Rosso

 The winery has just been notified that they will receive 3 Glasses for the 2007 Brunello in the 2013 edition of Gambero Rosso which will be released later in the Fall.  (1/ 2013)

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By: Jeff Garneau |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/30/2012  | Send Email
I have been drinking Italian wine for over 30 years, and I don't think I realized until recently just how astonishingly good the wines of Nello Baricci are. This is Sangiovese in its purest form from the best plot - Montosoli - on the highest part of the hill of Montalcino. While I usually don't recommend drinking these wines before their tenth birthday, I was amazed at how well this 2007 Baricci Brunello di Montalcino is already drinking. Ripe red cherry fruit, spice and old leather. Drink now or anytime over the next ten years.

By: Jacques Moreira |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/14/2012  | 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: Greg St. Clair |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/3/2012  | Send Email
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One of my personal favorite wines from Montalcino, Baricci's shows an admirable elegance for a powerful, structured and long lived wine. Its superb position on the Montosoli hill allows its character to shine through without being overly extracted and that hint of earthy complexity combined with the bold fruit and richness of the 2007 vintage makes this wine Truly memorable. Drink one now and then trust me put some away for a decade and you'll be blown away!
Drink from 2012 to 2025

By: Mike Parres |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/11/2012  | Send Email
So many Brunelli’s 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 mineality) a more rustic wine than the one above. I would give this at least three to four hours of breathing time and could possible see its tenth birthday, but only if you can keep your hands off that long.

By: Chris Miller |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/29/2012  | Send Email
My exact note from our visit to the winery the evening of February 18th, 2011, when we were there mostly to look at the finished 2006 vintage, but also tasting the newer wines still in barrel; “2007 from botte – wow. wow! wow!! wine is insanely good. great complexity, balance, richness, tannins and length. excellent wine! – might be one of the 2007 normale of the trip” Now keep in mind this was about 7 or 8 at night (after starting at 9 am) on day four of our week in Montalcino, so I had probably tasted somewhere around two hundred wines by this point of the trip. And still this wine elicited such an excited response. Classic Montosoli profile with tarry, woodsy notes on top of the deep black and pretty red cherry fruit. The wine has tightened up a bit after being stuffed in the bottle and making its way over the pond, so if you’re going to enjoy it right away, try decanting it for at least an hour to let it open up. Or better yet, buy a case and watch it evolve over the next 10 to 15 years. Great stuff. CM

By: Sarah Covey |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/28/2012  | Send Email
Seriously incredible Brunello from Baricci once again. After buying as much of the 2006 as I could last winter, I've been waiting for the 2007 with bated breath! Elegant, refined and classy- red fruit, cedar, spice with medium plus acid and fine, well-integrated tannins. This wine will only continue to get better. Drinkable now with some air and some hearty Italian food, but if you can hide some from yourself, you will be in for a treat in 5 to 10 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.
Country:

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.