2015 Baccinetti "La Saporoia" Rosso di Montalcino

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Affectionately named "Catzilla" by our staff because of the seemingly oversized orange cat adorning the label, the Baccinetti hails from south slope Montalcino vineyards adjacent to Lisini. 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 comprises 3 hectares of young vines that go into their rosso bottling. The wine is fermented in stainless steel and then spends 12 months in barrel before bottling.

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Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/30/2017 | Send Email
2015 was by all accounts an exceptional vintage in Montalcino. The Brunellos may very well come to rival the unprecedented 2010 vintage. The only problem is you won’t be able to find them on store shelves until 2020. However, the 2015 Rossos are in stores now, offering a delicious sneak peak at the 2015 vintage, and at a much lower price than you will eventually pay for the ’15 Brunellos. The 2015 Baccinetti "La Saporoia" Rosso di Montalcino offers a classic expression of the Sangiovese grape. Savory notes of leather and spice on the nose. On the palate, bright red fruits with hints of morello cherry. Excellent ripeness with good concentration. Firm, fine tannins. Direct import pricing makes this an excellent value.

Staff Image By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/30/2017 | Send Email
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About a year ago, I made the profound decision that with this great vintage {2015} of Rossos and Brunellos coming from Montalcino I would buy in small lots {i.e., 3 to 4 bottles each} of those wines that I really liked the best due to the fact that I am sitting on over 200 cases of wine in my wine room and do not have that much space left. Welllllll, it began that way with some of early arriving Rossos and would have continued that way, until this Gem arrived from Baccinetti. Okay, I will buy six bottles of this beauty, I said to myself, before I broke down and ended up buying a case. Medium-deep ruby in color, the opulent, flashy nose is loaded with wild black cherry to forest floor to spicy anise characteristics with undertones of cedar and clove-like herbal notes. Broad and lush across the palate, this amazingly complex, deeply flavored, well-structured, yet balanced though powerful declassified Brunello is a stunning wine that shows well now, but will age easily (which I plan to do) for another ten-plus years. Rusty has told me to bring home at least another case, maybe two, of this exceptional Gem, which I think I will. A PHENOMENAL VALUE!!! …..A K&L WINE MERCHANTS’ DIRECT IMPORT….. ***** 14.5% ABV *****
Drink from 2016 to 2025

Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/16/2017 | Send Email
It's back--but for how long? When K&L introduced this producer to you last year, everyone who bought a bottle came back for quantities and it sold out quickly. This 2015 will be no exception. This wine is full of ripe Sangiovese fruit, plum, spicy blackberry, and cassis with cocoa powder, coating the palate with a little Tuscan dust on the finish of this full-bodied wine that is showing great acidity and very well-balanced tannins.

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/2/2017 | Send Email
The nose of this wine is full of sandalwood, wild cherry liqueur and wild Tuscan brush that are bold statements bursting from the glass. On the palate this is a big, rich wine with a luxurious feel, fine grain tannic structure yet still has excellent balance. The finish shows a powerful structure that is enveloped in a muscular body; the long axis lifts in the finish and lengthens the wine. This is a powerful wine for the price point and perfect for grilled meats, especially Italian sausage or your favorite pasta's flavor will be emboldened by pairing with this wine's amazing depth of flavor. For the locals... this is Catzilla, you'll know what we mean when you see the label! The 2015 Rosso di Montalcino are excellent, an outstanding vintage with a real insight to the upcoming vintage for Brunello di Montalcino.
Drink from 2017 to 2025

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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.
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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