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2014 Baricci Brunello di Montalcino

SKU #1400184 95 points Wine Enthusiast

 Wild herb, perfumed berry and pressed rose aromas lift out of the glass along with a whiff of eucalyptus. Smooth, delicious and balanced, the lithe palate has great tension, doling out juicy red cherry, raspberry compote, star anise and baking spice backed up by vibrant acidity. Silky tannins give it extraordinary elegance and linear structure. It won't take years to come around but it also boasts good midterm aging potential. *Editors' Choice* (KO)  (2/2019)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Like most producers in Montalcino, Baricci saw a sharp decrease in yields in this vintage. Production of the 2014 Brunello di Montalcino was lowered by one-third compared to an average year. Fruit for this wine comes from well-draining soils located on the flank of the Montosoli hill where steady breezes help to keep the vines healthy. This difficult vintage created many dangers for winemakers. The grape skins were thinner and more fragile. Maceration times were shortened as a result. Baricci usually does anywhere from 25 to 30 days of skin contact, but this wine from 2014 only saw ten days. The desired color was achieved, although this wine, like most of its peers, is a little brighter and thinner in appearance. On the upside, any green tannins were avoided, and the wine shows bright berry nuances followed by a polished, silky finish. (ML)  (7/2019)

93 points Vinous

 Bright medium red. Very pure red cherry, blood orange, nutmeg, cinnamon, minerals and botanical herbs on the captivating nose. Sleek, vibrant, and fine-grained, with a restrained sweetness to the red cherry, balsamic and licorice flavors. Focused and energetic but pliant, with the flavors extended by lively but harmonious acidity. Noble tannins spread out to saturate the palate on the long, multidimensional finish. Probably the 2014 Brunello of the vintage. (ID)  (3/2019)

92 points Decanter

 Baricci's vineyards are located on the renowned Montosoli hill. Owner Francesco Buffi credits the success of the estate's 2014 to this ventilated site on rocky, well-draining soils, as well as the slower, later ripening of Montalcino's northern zone. The nose is beautifully savoury, with red cherry lifting an intriguing mix of sous bois and Mediterranean herb. Fine, elegant tannins neatly frame the fruit and give this sufficient grip for a few years in the cellar. It finishes with a lingering minerality. Well-done! (MM)  (2/2019)

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By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/14/2020 | Send Email
So many Brunellis and so little time. This wine is from this extraordinary portion of Montalcino's most famous single vineyard, "Montosoli," and is full of black cherry, cinnamon, cardamom, and leather; spicy, gamey, full of what I call sweet earth, (that Montalcino, dusty minerality) it's a more rustic wine. I would give this a couple hours of breathing time and drink this over the next couple of years. Truly one of the Best Brunelli's I have had in years.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/7/2019 | Send Email
It's not hard to sing the praises of Baricci here at K&L. They always rank as one of my top 3 Direct Import Brunellos. They always have old school Italian style with just enough polish to avoid diving into the far to rustic territory. The 2014 is superb drinking and offers a nice immediacy that a more structured vintage like 2012 might hide. Perfumed and full of deep cherry and spice notes, this has all the hallmarks of a fleshier full-bodied style with enough backbone to sustain some short term cellaring. This is a great six pack purchase worthy of drinking now with some hearty fall/winter fare but even better if you discover a few more in your cellar down the road.

By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/7/2019 | Send Email
This delivers everything that I want from one of my favorite Brunello producers. It is intense, it starts with the aromatics and runs completely thru to the finish. It is savory dusty red fruits with spice and that Montosoli minerality. On the palate, the wine reminds me a little of the 2010 that savory developed quality is there but not quite as pronounced. this is a complex full-bodied wine with great depth of flavor, you just want to keep coming back to it. This is going into my cellar.

By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/6/2019 | Send Email
I love how classic this wine is. If you’re looking for traditional, handmade wines that absolutely and clearly speak to the place from which they are made, you can’t get any closer than Baricci. On the nose, there is depth like a 100 foot well. You can’t help but be pulled into this glass. Notes of wild, dried herbs, wet stone, and subtle fruit aromas demand attention and showcase the its complexity. The palate is powerful and concentrated, with sizzling tannin and hints of leather on the finish. It already feels well on its way, but a couple more years of age on this, and you’ll have something incredibly special. There are few wines made this honestly, and even fewer that deliver in spades like Baricci.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/5/2019 | Send Email
The nose of this wine is full of smoky, wild herbs with dried wild cherries and bits of sweet earth finishing up. On the palate this wine shows a supple richness with tannins that frame the center rather than define it. The flavors are from the soil, wild herbs, porcini, smoke and showing a plumy center accented by cinnamon, cardamom, anise and leather. The finish on this wine is long, inviting and although not a “big” wine it shows a wonderful plump balance. This wine should be decanted for an hour to open the aromatic spectrum.

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