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  • Baricci Brunello di Montalcino 2016


    “Dark and animal in nature, the 2016 Brunello di Montalcino comes to life like a savage beast waking from a deep sleep, sleek yet still shaking off its slumber. Purple-tinged florals and herbal tones meet depths of dark mineral-tinged fruits and hints of animal musk. This is silky-smoofh upon entry, yet it quickly gains in tension and poise, as grippy tannins come to the fore, slowly drying fhe tart wild berry fruits, while becoming spicy and more grippy with every sip. The cheeks pucker with residual tannic tension as this finishes painfully young yet long, with hints of licorice. The extra time in bottle has only propelled the 2016 even further than expected. Drinking window: 2026-2038. 96 points

    You don’t feel like you’re pulling up to a Brunello producer’s “estate” as you approach the Baricci homestead. Instead, what you see is a small house surrounded by a thick foliage, with large garage doors that open up into their cramped yet cozy and wholly traditional winery. On the other side of this home is the famed Montosoli hill, which lifts up like an island amongst a sea that is the northern hillside of Montalcino. When looking at Montosoli from the town, it appears almost as a mirage in the midst of a thick forest. What is also apparent is the mark of terroir, as you imagine the sea that once engulfed this region, and how the contours of Montosoli would morph into its unique soils of rock, mineral-rich marls, loam, quartz, shale and limestone with marine fossil strewn throughout. The family’s fifteen hectares are considered the choice parcel of the hill, ranging up to 280 meters in elevation and enjoying a south-to-southeast exposure. This location doesn’t share the deteriorating rock components from the hill of Montalcino as much of the surrounding territory does; it is uniquely its own individual terroir, and a true cru of the region.

    Long before the concept of a cru or the fame of Montosoli was confirmed, Nello Baricci realized that this was a very special location, and when the time came that this son of sharecroppers could afford his own land, it was this location that he chose. Today, it is the third generation, Federico Buffi, who cares for the vines and raises these wines using the teachings of his grandfather; and I can assure you that Nello Baricci, who passed away in 2017, would be very proud. The Baricci wines speak of the soul of Montalcino, as well as the terroir of Montosoli. When I taste them, it’s the classicism, purity, regal tannins, depth of fruit and harmony that invokes thoughts of not just Montalcino, but the world’s greatest wines. In a truly romantic way, this family of farmers, who also happen to be winemakers, are producing some of Italy’s hidden gems. I only hope that they never change.”

    Eric Guido, Vinous (12/21)

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  • Baricci Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Nello 2015


    “The 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Nello from Baricci boasts a strikingly intense display of pure Sangiovese fruit. It’s dusty in character, wafting up masses of crushed black cherry and strawberry, with sweet herbs, hints of spiced orange and sandalwood. It’s soft and feminine, while leaning on purity and a salty mineral lift, which creates a tactile feel toward the close. Raspberry, cranberry, savory spice and inner florals hold your attention firm, while youthful tannins slowly sink in, drying out the expression today, yet promising many good things to come. Wow! This only got better and better over the twenty-tour hours that I followed the wine. Drinking window: 2024-2034. 96 points

    Federico and Francesco Buffi represent the third generation to tend to the Baricci vineyards on the Montosoli hill. They have a lot to be proud of with the release of their 2016 Brunello and 2015 Nello Riserva. Since the beginning, and I truly mean the beginning, Nello Baricci, a son of sharecroppers, spent a large portion of his life tending to the vineyards of other producers before being able to acquire his own. However, once he did, the location he chose paved the way for many of the greatest wines coming out of the region today. Baricci purchased what you might consider to be the tenderloin parcel of the highly-regarded Montosoli hill. Five hectares at an average elevation of 280 meters, which enjoy a south-to-southeastern exposure in poor stony soils. He went on to be the first producer to register his vineyard with the newly-formed Consorzio; and he then created a heritage of traditional winemaking, which guides his family to this very day. Nello Baricci passed away in 2017, yet his memory lives on in every bottle of Montosoli.

    The Baricci wines scream Montalcino in every possible way. These pure yet complex expressions of Sangiovese fruit, which are deceiving in how inviting they can seem in their youth, can mature for decades. This is also one of the handful of producers who captured the magic of the 2015 vintage in their Riserva-level bottling. The Nello Riserva comes from a choice parcel within the family vineyard, or as Francesco Baricci puts it, “A cru within a cru”. This is a wine that was first created in 2010 to recognize their grandfather’s accomplishments, and it has since only been released in 2012 and now 2015. The Nello Riserva spends between 21-24 days macerating on the skins, versus the 15-18 days for the Brunello, and it then matures in five-hectoliter tonneaux for forty months. The production is quite small (between 1,800-2,000 bottles each vintage), yet this is a 2015 Riserva that’s worth seeking out. Also of note is that there will be a 2016 Nello Riserva; but it will be released in 2023, as the family feels that it will require more time in bottle to fully express itself.”

    Eric Guido, Vinous (11/20)

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  • Baricci Rosso di Montalcino 2020


    “A vivid mix of wild strawberries, roses, hints of cinnamon and crushed rocks captivates as the 2020 Rosso di Montalcino comes to life in the glass. This is silky and refined, with depths of ripe cherry-berry fruits laced with minerals and spice that creates a sweet and sour interplay. The medium-length finish resonates on red currants and inner floral perfumes, as well as a gentle tug of tannin. This doesn’t impress on power or prestige, but instead on purity, refinement and sheer drinkability. Drinking window: 2022-2026. 91 points

    The Baricci Rosso hails from the younger vines of their property, and all on the hill of Montosoli. While the wine can be enjoyed young, the best vintages also have the capacity to age over the medium term.”

    Eric Guido, Vinous (01/22)

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  • Brancaia Il Blu 2019


    “The 2019 ll Blu is gorgeous. Dark and mysterious in the glass, the 2019 is going to need at least a few years to reveal all of its personality. Blue/purplish fruit, lavender, sage, mint, licorice and new leather all meld together. This deep, fleshy Merlot-based blend hits all the right notes. 70% Merlot, 25% Sangiovese, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Drinking window: 2025-2039. 95 points”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (07/22)

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  • Caparsa Bianco di Caparsino 2019


    “Proprietor Paolo Cianferoni makes some of the most compelling wines in all of Chianti Classico from his small hillside vineyard in Radda. The cramped cellar really belongs to a previous era, a time when the emphasis was on wine rather than appearances. Speaking of the wines, the 2019s capture all the best this tricky vintage ha to offer. I was blown away. Readers who appreciate old-school Chianti Classicos will want to check out Caparsa. It’s a truly special place.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (06/22)

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  • Caparsa Chianti Classico 2019


    “Proprietor Paolo Cianferoni makes some of the most compelling wines in all of Chianti Classico from his small hillside vineyard in Radda. The cramped cellar really belongs to a previous era, a time when the emphasis was on wine rather than appearances. Speaking of the wines, the 2019s capture all the best this tricky vintage ha to offer. I was blown away. Readers who appreciate old-school Chianti Classicos will want to check out Caparsa. It’s a truly special place.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (07/22)

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  • Caparsa Doccio a Matteo Chianti Classico Riserva 2016


    “The 2016 Chianti Classico Riserva Doccio a Matteo is powerful and deep, with tons of intensity and structure. High-toned aromatics add character along with an element of rusticity that nevertheless works quite well here. Macerated cherry, plum, leather, cloves, menthol and coffee all develop with time. A dollop of Colorino contributes further shades of nuance and complexity. The Doccio a Matteo is a compelling wine done in a decidedly old-school leaning style. Drinking window: 2020-2031. 94 points

    I was quite frankly blown away by the wines I tasted from Caparsa this year. Proprietor Paolo Cianferoni and his family craft deep, soulful wines loaded with character. The straight Chianti Classico (done mostly in cement) will give readers a terrific idea of the house style. There are two Riservas. The Doccio a Matteo, from vineyards in Radda, includes a dollop of Colorino, is aged in 10HL casks and has real sense of exoticness to it, while the Caparsino is 100% Sangiovese and is aged in 18HL casks for two years, which gives it a super-classic feel that is absolutely thrilling.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (08/19)

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  • Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino 2018


    “Dusty black cherries, crushed rocks and dried flowers create a classically inviting bouquet as the 2018 Brunello di Montalcino opens in the glass. It’s soft-textured with racy acidity that propels its ripe red fruits across the palate, as chalky minerals and sweet spices mingle toward the close. This finishes potent and long with a staining of fine tannins while maintaining a lovely freshness. The 2018 may not be built for the long term, but I expect that it will overdeliver for years to come. Drinking window: 2024-2031. 92 points”

    Eric Guido, Vinous (03/23)

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  • Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2016


    “The Caparzo 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is delicious with lots of pretty intensity, nicely balanced fruit, blackberry, spice, cedarwood and campfire ash. This is a delicately perfumed wine that offers more power and length than you might initially anticipate. That’s the secret soul of the 2016 vintage—elegance and brawn wrapped tightly together in one package. Some 15,000 bottles were produced. Drink: 2024-2040. 95 points

    Elisabetta Gnudi Angelini is back on the wine trail following these years of COVID-19 lockdowns. With her usual energy and special simpatia, she’s working hard to create identities for the single vineyards she farms, such as Caparzo’s Vigna La Casa and Altesino’s Montosoli. I should be able to report more on these two sites in a few months (with a special video spotlight I hope to prepare). Stay tuned.”

    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (02/22)

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  • Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino Vigna La Casa 2018


    “What a beauty; the 2018 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna La Casa bursts from the glass with a beguiling mix of exotic spice, balsam herbs, crushed ashen stones and dried black cherries. It washes across the palate with a silken wave of ripe dark fruits complemented by hints of licorice and cocoa. Fine-grained tannins frame the finish, as residual acids keep the mouth watering, and hints of plum fade under an air of violet inner florals. This is a radiant rendition of La Casa, which is a vineyard located on the crest of the Montosoli hill, facing the town of Montalcino. Drinking window: 2025-2033. 94 points ”

    Eric Guido, Vinous (12/22)

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  • Castello di Ama Haiku 2019


    “The 2019 Haiku is captivating. Bright and expressive, with brisk acids, the 2019 hits all the right notes. Black cherry, plum, incense, tobacco, crushed rocks and lavender race across the palate. I see more depth and also greater energy than in earlier vintages here, and that’s great to see. Drinking window: 2024-2037. 96 points

    This set of new releases from Lorenza Sebasti and Marco Pallanti is the most impressive I have ever tasted here. The wines are strong across the board, while the 2019 flagship wines – La Casuccia, Bellavista and L’Apparita – are off the charts great. Pallanti has long coaxed notable intensity from these vineyards, but the 2019s add dimensions of freshness and energy that are simply breathtaking. I tasted these wines a few weeks later in my home in New York, far away from the bucolic setting of Ama, and was equally blown away.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (07/22)

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  • Conti Costanti Ardingo 2019


    “Hauntingly dark and viral in the glass, the 2019 Ardingo reaches up with notes of sweet sage, blueberry compote, tobacco and hints of pine. It soothes the palate with a wave of silken red and blue fruits, taking on a graphite minerality over time, as notes of lavender and violet resonate throughout. The 2019 takes a turn toward the savory spectrum with hints of olive and grilled herbs offsetting plum while finishing with impressive length and structurally balanced for the long haul. The Ardingo is a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Sangiovese from vines planted on the Montosoli hill. It’s a must-have for fans of Costanti. Drinking window: 2024-2031. 94+ points”

    Eric Guido, Vinous (10/22)

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