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Brunello Di Montalcino Baricci Colombaio Montosoli 2015 (750ML)

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Wine Advocate

96 Points, Monica Larner, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The full name of this estate is Baricci Colombaio Montosoli, and indeed it is one of the protagonists of the celebrated Montosoli vineyard. The Baricci 2015 Brunello di Montalcino is highly distinguished by its mineral side (with marl, marine fossil, schist quartz and Galestro soils), and that is truly the magic of this wine. There is a pungent note of raw grape at first, but it lifts to reveal forest berry, camphor ash and subtle touches of sweet spice. These elements come together like a tightly fitted mosaic. The wine is balanced and fresh, with just enough structure to add firmness and considerable length to its polished mid-weight frame. In fact, mouthfeel is this wine's strongest suit. Acidity is never a problem in Montosoli, located on the north side of Montalcino where day and night temperature shifts play an important role in slow fruit ripening. This warm vintage shows higher extract, but the overall balance allowed Baricci to bottle using very little sulfur (which could account for that little tangy note you get on first nose). The wine went into bottle in July 2019, and 15,000 bottles were made. It was released in January 2020. Federico and Francesco Buffi are the third generation to run this celebrated property. The estate's patriarchal figure, the late Nello Baricci, always said, "The earth is grateful for what you give it and it pays you back in kind." With that motto in mind, the family will soon be making important investments with the construction of a new and more modern winery and new vineyard planting on Montosoli with east-facing exposures. It will be enjoyable to watch the exciting news to come from Baricci." 1/20

Vinous Media

96 Points, Ian D'Agata, Vinous: "Good full ruby-red. Captivating nose combines, ripe red cherry, black plum, minerals, herbs, mocha and sexy brown spices. Juicy and sweet, with refined, suave blackberry, raspberry, minerals and tobacco flavors dominating. Finishes extremely long, with a steely quality, fine-grained tannins and a multifaceted personality. Another great Brunello from Baricci." 4/20

Jancis Robinson

17/20 Points, Walter Speller, "Very mineral and brooding with an undertow of ripe fruit. Plenty of concentrated, ripe cherry and strawberry fruit and muscular yet finely built tannins. Long, firm finish that is elegant at the same time. Could do with a little more age."