|~ The winding Cypress lined road toward Baricci ~|
What was started by Grandfather Nello Baricci in 1964 has now transcended generations to his winemaking grandson, Francesco.
Francesco is Baricci's 3rd generation winemaker and speaks with exalted eloquence for his grandfather Nello. His stated goal is to continue to treasure and maintain his grandfather's legacy. In speaking with him recently, he reiterated that notion - to him one that is just as important as making great wine itself. He says "I would be nothing without my Grandfather" and he is intent on not letting him down. Judging by today's subject wine, Francesco need not worry.
The 2004 Baricci Brunello hails from the famed Montosoli hillside vineyards. It's one of the greatest terroir in the entire Brunello zone and produces fruit that seemingly always displays the perfect balance between richness, acidity, and aromatics but also exhibits a warm dusty reddish earth sensation on the palate. Such is the 2004.
In the glass, the wine is a deep, dark violet - impressive looking concentration. The aromas from the wine are astounding. This is very expressive right now. There's flowers, sage, crushed red fruits, anise, and Tuscan road dust. On the palate the wine is a seamless joy. Rich in fruit, with wild berries, flowers, fresh tobacco, rosemary and a pretty dusty quality to the ample tannins. This is balanced very well and although tannic, is showing very well right now. Drink or hold. Will last in a cellar for 10 more years easily. 95 points. About $45. Quite the bargain for Brunello!
|~ 2004 Baricci Brunello di Montalcino ~|