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2012 Baricci "Nello" Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

SKU #1376462 98 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Chopped mint, forest floor, tilled earth and wild berry are just some of the aromas you'll find on this stunning, structured red. Full bodied yet elegant, the palate delivers crushed raspberry, ripe Marasca cherry, clove and licorice framed in tightly-knit, noble tannins. Fresh acidity lends balance. It's already remarkable but will be even better with more bottle age once the tannins unwind a bit. Drink 2022-2042. *Cellar Selection* (KO) Inner quote mark (5/2019)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Dedicated to Nello Baricci, the celebrated patriarchal figurehead of this historic winery who passed away in April 2017, the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Nello does his memory proud. This is an extremely elegant and finessed Sangiovese with plenty of energy and tension buried deep inside. The bouquet produces delicate layers of wild rose, forest berry, spice and crushed river stone. This is a marvelous interpretation of a vintage that was certainly not all smooth sailing. These are exceptional results. (ML) Inner quote mark (7/2019)

95 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Offers aromas of macerated cherry and plum, with iron, sanguine, leather, wild herb, spice and earth notes. Intense, long and chewy on the minerally finish. Traditional style. Best from 2022 through 2035. 200 cases made. (BS) Inner quote mark (6/2018)

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Dark red with a hint of a pale rim. The deep, closed nose hints at red cherry, sage, licorice and tea leaf. Then also dense and brooding in the mouth, where big, deep, tightly packed flavors of flinty red and blue fruit are complicated by aromatic herbs and sandalwood. Currently a monolith, this needs plenty of time in the cellar to showcase all of its noteworthy potential. I would not be surprised if this scored at least two points higher in the future, hence the plus sign on my score. (ID) 94+ Inner quote mark (4/2018)

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By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/5/2018 | Send Email
This is only the second time Baricci has released a Riserva and we are priviledged to have a very limited amount available. It's named for the patriarch of the winery who, unfortunately, passed a couple of years ago at 94. "Nello" is both powerful and refined and in need of considerable cellaring to ultimately express its complexity and depth. It's a very traditional style Brunello and a rare gem.

By: Rachel Alcarraz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/30/2018 | Send Email
All Baricci wines come from the famed Montosoli Vineyard and a small selection of grapes is separated for the Nello Riserva bottling. It has a beautiful plum nose that rises off the glass. While it is still showing the brut strength of a young wine, it has a subtle gentleness in the glass associated with pretty Asian plum and leather.

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