2011 Baccinetti "La Saporoia" Brunello di Montalcino (Previously $40)

SKU #1285221 91 points James Suckling

 A very ripe, rich wine with cherry-liqueur and salt character. Full body and lots of fruit. A crowd-pleaser – very yummy. Drink now.  (2/2016)

Wine Enthusiast

 This opens with aromas of toast, prune, scorched earth and chopped mint. The juicy palate offers dried black cherry, star anise and a hint of sweet baking spice alongside supple tannins. Straightforward and already approachable, it will offer enjoyable sipping in the near term. Drink through 2020. (KO)  (3/2017)

K&L Notes

The Baccinetti family has worked their family farm south of Montalcino since 1935, but 2004 was their first vintage of estate-grown wine. Planted with 100% Sangiovese, the vineyard contributes to the Rosso, a K&L staff and customer favorite nicknamed "Catzilla," as well as its big brother, the Brunello.

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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/23/2017 | Send Email
Wow, $25?! For a Brunello with as much classical style, leathery, dusty tangy cherry fruit, and wonderful poise, I would certainly grab a few bottles, if not a few cases, to enjoy near term as well as mid-term in your cellar. Given the combination of vintage (having to follow the much hyped 2010 vintage) and our direct import, I cannot recall a Brunello offer as compelling as this one. Act quickly. $25 Brunello at any level - let alone something of this quality - is not long for this world!

Staff Image By: Rachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/25/2017 | Send Email
The 2011 Saporoia is filled with classic Baccinetti character. The nose exudes bold spice and fresh herbs with just a hint of ripe cherries and plums. The palate begins with the ripe dark fruit and that herbaceous quality. Woody tannins from time in barrel and the young acidity extend to the savory, plum skin finish. Complex and dynamic- especially for the price!

Staff Image By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/24/2017 | Send Email
Due to the warmth of 2011, this wine is ready-to-go now (although it has enough structure to carry on for a couple more years). It's immediately inviting with loads of savory and spiced red fruit and just the right amount of acidity and ripe grippy tannins. After the first sip, I couldn't put it down! This is a terrific Brunello buy at $40 for those looking for one to open and enjoy. Classic.

Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/19/2017 | Send Email
This Brunelli has the same cat ( Sidney) on the label and coming from the user friendly vintage of 2011 this puppy is good to go or I should say drink. This is full-bodied wine with silky and soft caressing tannins and intense fruit (black cherries and plum) with hint of mineral flavors and was very well-crafted. I would give this a couple hours of decanting and serve with a something hot off the grill.

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/18/2017 | Send Email
Baccinetti is a tiny producer on Montlacino’s south face, their winery located kitty corner between Sesta di Sopra and Tenuta di Sesta. Giovanni and Mieke's wines come from their vineyard a mile or so west and next to one of Montalcino’s “famous names” Lisini. Their wines are pure, unadulterated and natural, the initial textural smoothness belies its complexity, and the nose is racy, deep red fruit, gamey, filled with sauvage overtones full of rich strawberry fruit with layers of spice. Earth and leathery components back up the fruit and spice elements and finish the richly textured body with a subtle grip. The 2011 vintage is ripe, full and lush, that makes it easier to drink now. Try it with your favorite meat off the grill or an American style lasagna!
Drink from 2017 to 2022

Additional Information:

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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5