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The Return Of A 96-Point, K&L Favorite Brunello - 03/31/2017 - Italy

For fifteen vintages we’ve been bringing in the Baricci Brunello and for fifteen vintages we never cease to be amazed at the quality we get for the price. While Baricci may not be a household name that should not deter you one iota from a Brunello that consistently stands among the best in the region. In fact, for Wine Enthusiast, this 2012 stands shoulder to shoulder with the likes of Biondi Santi, Fuligni, Ciacci, and Il Marroneto. It’s not hard to see why this brand has developed such a devoted following over the years. Offered here at pre-arrival pricing now is the time to lock-in what is consistently one of the best from Brunello in the store.

The 2012 very much continues in this tradition of excellence offering superb balance and composure while offering an enticing array of flavors that skip from dark cherry, to mushroom, to herb, to clove, and more. Paradoxically it comes across as graceful and elegant while at the same time delivering a powerful level of complexity. Made in a supple and very approachable style it is sure to charm long time fans of Brunello as well as novices to Italian wine. We really can’t say enough go things about this wine and urge you to pick up a few bottles as it’s an ideal candidate to return to time and again.

2012 Baricci Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) ($39.99)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Cellar Selection* Enticing perfumed berry, violet, new leather and a truffle scents emerge in this textbook Brunello. On the savory, full-bodied palate, licorice, clove and chopped herb flavors accent a juicy core of ripe black cherry fruit. Firm, refined tannins provide structure. Its already tempting but hold for evenmore complexity. Drink 2020-2032. (KO)" (02/2017)

91 points James Suckling: "You can smell the effects of a warm growing season in this one with very ripe cherry and strawberry aromas that follow through to a full body, round and soft tannins and a tangy finish. Almost sweet and sour." (02/2017)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Federico Buffi's 2012 Brunello di Montalcino is a fine and streamlined expression that puts special focus on the smaller details. The wine offers streamlined simplicity and this is its most attractive quality. Polished aromas of white cherry, grilled herb and forest floor give the wine a bright and slightly menthol-like personality. The finish is long and polished. This Brunello from Baricci offers purity and grace. 90+ (ML)" (03/2017)

Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 21, 2017

Bariccis 2012 is a magnificent wine and a first-rate follow up to the now legendary 2010 vintage. The nose is classic Baricci full of wild black cherry, cinnamon, anise, cardamom and leather with a bit of what I call sweet earth. Its superb southeasterly position on the Montosoli hill allows its character to shine through without being overly extracted and leaves it with that hint of earthy complexity. On the palate there is real focus, the wine is long, layers of complexity wrapped around its central core, with a vibrant palate presence and still while chocked full of complex flavors the wine is supple, lithe and smooth. This wine packs plenty of muscle but its not bulky muscle its power is long, elegant and graceful. The finish is.well it doesnt finish it just seems to go on and on effortlessly. We sometimes think that aging ability is built on some massive structure but its not it is truly about balance and Baricci is one of Montalcinos best expressions of complexity and balance. We here at K&L have been drinking Baricci Brunello for a long time, this is our 15th vintage and you can ask most of the staff members who were smart enough to buy earlier vintages the age sensationally. One of Brunello di Montalcinos founding members, there were only 28 to start, this is a wine not to be missed!