Brunello is life at Baricci and life is provided by the land. It’s that simple and that philosophy translates to the production of the family’s wines.
For decades, Patriarch Nello Baricci ran the family estate and crafted gorgeous Brunello from the Montosoli Hill. Upon his death, his two grandsons assumed full responsibility for the winemaking. Today we’re looking at a gorgeous example of Nello’s legacy.
The Baricci farm is a mere 5 hectares and lies on the northern slopes of Montalcino. It’s universally recognized to be some of the best terroir in appellation for growing Brunello. 2007 was a near perfect vintage. Despite some time periods where the temperature spiked, generally the weather was excellent. Temperature spikes were mitigated by vineyards at higher elevation and as a result, Baricci shined.
The 2007 Baricci Brunello is a shining, cellar gem from the Montosoli Hill. It is an icon of the type from a producer that is a pioneer in the appellation. Poured straight from the bottle, the wine was aromatic right from the start which is a trait I noticed the first time I tried this wine. Classic in color, the wine is deep ruby at its core that fades to bright copper at the rim of the bowl.
Complex aromas of crushed berry, cinnamon, nutmeg, worn leather, dried tobacco, mushroom and dried flowers are compelling. On the palate, the wine is so smooth. There is a deep core of juicy, ripe cherry fruit that is fresh and lively. The tannins have resolved nicely but still have an interesting mild “grip” about them. Tobacco, espresso, rosemary and cypress add wonderful complexity to the core fruit flavors. This is in a perfect place right now and sadly, my last bottle. If you have one, try it now. It’s spectacular. If not, let a younger vintage age. 97 points. About $55 upon release. Find this wine.
Tried for a fun shot while grilling the steaks…..