2011 Baricci Rosso di Montalcino (Elsewhere $29)

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By: Jim Boyce |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/1/2013  | Send Email
Barricci always delivers serious bang-for-your-buck sangiovese. This 2011 is full of spice and wild fruit aromatics, a very textural palate full of bright cherry, casis, and earthy notes, and great acid to bring it all together. This is already drinking well, and will continue do so for another five years.
Top Value!

By: Christie Cartwright |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/8/2013  | Send Email
Every time of year when the weather starts to cool, I know that our K&L container of Italian imports is about to arrive. Baricci’s is back in town! This is my absolute favorite Sangiovese every year, and it seems to keep getting better and better. Move over Brunello, your little sister has come to take over. This is the perfect red for anything from traditional Italian cuisine, to holiday feasts with roasts and turkeys. Great acid, texture, fruit and spice; it will keep everyone feeling very nice!

By: Mike Parres |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/1/2013  | Send Email
Woo-hoo! Baricci’s is back in town! Ever time I raise a glass of this wine to my lips; it brings me back to Montaclino. Why? because there is so much Montaclino in the glass. This Rosso reveals perfumed ripe fruit of plum, cassis and kirsch, some leather and cassis, mid- pallet and earthiness that meld into ripe strawberries, spices and minerals on the long finish.

By: Mike Barber |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/10/2013  | Send Email
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Wonderful price and serious sangiovese- every bit as delicious as I remember when we tasted before bottling. Despite the lean '11 growing season- this rosso delivers with excellent tomato, cherry, and dust up front backed up by baricci's signature earthy tannins.
Top Value! Drink from 2013 to 2017

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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

Alcohol Content (%): 14