Baricci is one of the founding estates of Brunello. Its small five-hectare vineyard is situated exclusively on the Montosoli hill in the north of Montalcino – renowned for producing distinctly elegant and aromatically complex Brunello.
As a boy, Nello Baricci heard the older generation talking about how the Montosoli hill produced the best wines in the region. But, by the 1950s, Montalcino was one of the poorest towns in Italy and the Montosoli hill had been all but abandoned. Baricci, well-versed in the history of this legendary site, bought his first vineyards here in 1955 and became the first to register his vineyards as Brunello in 1966. He produced his inaugural Brunello di Montalcino in 1971. Baricci was a visionary who recognised the unique character of wines grown on this special terroir, with its calcareous galestro rock. Since then, his wines have come to epitomise this remarkable site.
In a vintage like 2016, where terroir has never been so transparent, there is no better time to discover one of the finest sites in Montalcino, produced by an historic estate at the heart of its success.
“The 2016 Baricci Brunello di Montalcino is an experience to behold. The bouquet mixes dark earth tones, crushed stone and animal musk with sweet black cherries and balsamic spice. It’s soft and enveloping, seeming to coat all that it touches in ripe primary fruits, just as a mix of brisk acids and salty minerals penetrate deeply, adding traction to this heady experience. Licorice, sweet herbs and a hint of cocoa resonate through the long and structured finale. With perfect symmetry, and so much upfront appeal, it’ll be hard to keep your hands off; but do yourself a favor and lose these bottles in the cellar for at least the next five years. Drink 2026-2038.”
95 POINTS – ERIC GUIDO, VINOUS