|~ Fog shrouds vineyards near Baricci in Montosoli ~|
With that in mind, I was eager to try the 2011 Baricci Rosso di Montalcino. Nello Baricci started his eponymous estate in 1964 and the winemaking is now under the control of Grandson Francesco, who speaks of his grandfather's legacy with the utmost reverance.
The 2011 Rosso is a gorgeous medium violet colored wine with clear reflections throughout. The nose of the wine is very reminiscent of Baricci's Brunello, only on a lesser scale. There's nice floral aromas here to compliment the bright berry fruit and the subtle underlying herbs. On the palate the wine is bright and fresh. The floral aromas come through as an almost "perfume like" flavor to accompany the crushed berry fruit, backed by high toned acidity. It's mouthwatering and medium bodied and the perfect foil for a wide array of foods; in this case, grilled flank steak with onions and mushrooms. On the medium finish, there's a long trailing ripe sweetness to the fruit that lingers nicely. Smooth tannins make this wine ready to be enjoyed over the next 3-5 years. No complaints here. 90 points, about $22. Disclosure: This bottle was an importer provided sample.
|~ Baricci 2011 Rosso di Montalcino ~|