2012 Baricci Rosso di Montalcino

SKU #1167963 90 points James Suckling

 Gorgeous fruit to this rosso with lots of dried cherry, light chocolate and berry character. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a clean fruit finish. Delicious now.  (10/ 2014)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Pretty aromas of underbrush, crushed blue flower and perfumed berries lead the nose on this robust Rosso. The dense palate delivers succulent black cherry, raspberry, mocha and sweet cake spices alongside firm tannins. It's not an ager so enjoy soon.  (10/ 2014)

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By: Jeff Garneau |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/30/2014  | Send Email
Year after year, vintage after vintage, the wines of Nello Baricci remain my favorite among the Brunellos and Rossos K&L imports directly from Montalcino. These wines are one of the finest expressions of the Sangiovese grape it has ever been my privilege to taste. While the Brunellos usually require some patience and time in the cellar to be at their best, the Rossos can generally be enjoyed immediately upon release. The 2012 Baricci Rosso di Montalcino is no exception. The wine is showing beautifully right now with aromas of earth and spice and ripe morello cherry notes on the palate. Medium to full-bodied with lovely weight in the mouth. Richly textured with admirable length and fine tannins. Our direct import pricing keeps this wine at a very affordable $21.99, making it one of the best red wine values in the shop!
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By: Jeffrey Jones |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/25/2014  | Send Email
The best Rosso that I have tasted so far this year. It has the classic cherry aromas and flavors that are balanced and dry. This is a delicious wine and will go great with Italian-inspired foods.

By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/21/2014  | Send Email
I drank this very good Rosso Di Montalcino last night with Cinnamon's divine eggplant Parmesan. This wine is perfect for any dish that calls for something big and Italian, and has plenty of ripe, extroverted Sangiovese cherry fruit. The texture is lush, without going all the way over to the heavy side. The folks at Baricci have delivered again!

By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/12/2014  | Send Email
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Love classic Brunello? Don't have as much patience as you might need!? Grab some of this little baby from one of our top Direct Import Brunello producers Baricci. All the classic flavors of Montalcino but ready to go now and a price tag barely over $20! Baricci is a very classic producer. The wines are about purity, elegance and balance. They are very food friendly and versatile. The 2012 vintage is remarkable supple and forward allowing easy drinking with dry, harsh tannins. This wine is always a huge hit with our staff so you better snag some now before we drink it all!
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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!

By: Mike Parres |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/3/2014  | Send Email
Woo-hoo! Baricci is back in town! Every time I raise a glass of this wine to my lips, it brings me back to Montalcino. Why? Because there is so much Montalcino in the glass. This Rosso reveals perfumed ripe fruit of plum, cassis and kirsch, some leather and cassis mid- palate, and earthiness that meld into ripe strawberries, spices and minerals on the long finish. BUY, BUY, BUY--it will go quick !!!

By: Greg St. Clair |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/1/2014  | Send Email
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When I first tasted this in Montalcino last February I was blown away by the supple texture and weight but as the wine has finally come together and it is the layers of dried violets, sweet earthy notes and wild cherry that just flabbergasts me! Layers of spice, wild fruit aromatics give the presence of a distinctly bold wine but it is really elegantly balanced and so easy to drink right now! Try it with a grilled pork tenderloin rubbed with rosemary, garlic, fresh cracked pepper and sea salt. Absolutely delicious!
Drink from 2014 to 2022

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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