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95-Point, Sub-$20 Rosso di Montalcino that will Knock Your Socks Off! - 01/15/2018 - Italy

Few wines garner as much enthusiasm from the K&L staff as the truly magnificent Baricci Rosso. Sourced from Montosoli, the most coveted vineyards in Brunello, this 2015 far outperforms its more than modest $19.99 price. The reality is, this is Brunello hiding under a humble Rosso label. 2015 gave Tuscany near ideal conditions, which Baricci capitalized on beautifully. The central theme here is elegance and finesse. This 2015 captivates with its subtle floral tones, expressive red berry fruit, and savory touches of forest floor and spice. While this charmer is a pure delight to drink now, it’d be a shame not to put a few bottles down, as Baricci Rosso has a long and proven record of aging splendidly. The price to point ratio is reason enough to jump on board, but there’s so much more going on here than tantalizing numbers as one taste will abundantly prove. Excitement for this new release has already reached a feverish pitch, so we don’t expect our parcel to hold out for much longer. Make to sure to act quickly to secure what is consistently one of the most universally adored wines in our Italian department.

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2015 Baricci Rosso di Montalcino ($19.99)

95 points Decanter: "Lovely floral Sangiovese nose. Ripe on the palate with great intensity and balance. Black fruit and a touch of almonds on the finish. Very young and vibrant. Great example of the vintage." (10/2017)

Jancis Robinson: "Concentrated mid ruby. Reluctant nose with hints of dark earth and brooding fruit. Gorgeous rich cherry fruit that is not heavy. Beautiful balance and real chew on the finish. Quite a stunner. 18/20 Points (WS)" (11/2017)

Staff ImageJohn Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 14, 2018

If there was one visit during our travels in Italy in 2016 where I stopped taking notes, it was at the Baricci Estate. They are not only one of my favorite Montalcino producers, but also their wines are among the finest examples of Sangiovese from this storied region. Their 2015 Rosso could almost be mistaken for a Brunello and it's a prime example of how great the 2015 vintage is to Montalcino. It's full, expressive and one of the best Rossos of 2015.

Staff ImageRachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 12, 2018

The long awaited 2015 Rosso from Baricci has finally landed! And since it did JUST arrive, when I first opened the bottle it was a little shaken and unsure, but giving it about two hours to breath it really came into its own. An impressive nose of rich cherry fruit and skins, lots of dry spice and fresh flowers leads into a juicy yet structured wine. The great thing about 2015, is the unbelievably ripe fruit character it gives to the wines without steering away from the formidable acidity Sangiovese is known for. The full body of this Rosso shows its impressive aging potential while the dense, deep fruit allows for enjoyment now. Get yourself a few bottles and watch this wine progress!

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 12, 2018

This spectacular rosso has the scale, power and structure of great young Brunello! It is hard to believe that this fabulously focused and full bodied sangiovese is priced so low. I love the earthy aromas that frame the core of high quality fruit here, as well as the bright acid that lifts the firm tannic structure. This has serious class, and will go the distance in the cellar, if you can keep your hands off of it- it just tastes too darn good right now to resist!

Staff ImageMike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 11, 2018

Most of the 2015 Rossos have come and gone by now, but we save a few of our favorites to carry us into 2018.Woo-hoo! Bariccis 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. ( Warning !!! this will sell out quickly and yes, I am going to put some down).

Staff ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 09, 2018

I Love Baricci Rosso di Montalcino, but not as much as longtime K&L employee Jim Barr did, Jim passed away last month but he was the #1 Fan of Baricci Rosso di Montalcino. Jim would hound me every year for an arrival date he was always so anxious, I had told Jim how good the 2015 was it truly saddens me to think that he missed this 2015 vintage which for me is the winerys most impressive Rosso to date. Ive thought a lot about Jim lately and I thought for this review Id like to post what he wrote about Baricci Rosso di Montalcino.Cheers JimFor decades, now, I have been regularly advising customers who collect and maintain a wine cellar collection to keep records of what is in that collection. It is wise and creates less frustration, particularly if you ever need to stay on top of what needs to be drunk now or, if damaged, information for any insurance company. And, I have been, over that time, thanked by many of you who have done this. Welllll, can you deduce who has essentially seldom, if at all, done this during the last four decades? If you conjured up a belief that it might be Jim Barr, you have hit the nail on the head! Several months ago, I decided that I really needed to deal with this "problem," and as quickly as possible since I turn 69 in a few months and I was looking at around 200 cases+/- in my temperature control wine room. And, I am still collecting and making the stuff. As my wife, Christine, keeps telling me, "Well never be able to d