Baricci Rosso di Montalcino 2018

£33.95

“The 2018 Rosso di Montalcino lifts up with a dark and layered bouquet of dusty roses and smoky minerals, giving way to blackberry, plum and exotic spice. It’s silky and pliant in feel, with depths of ripe red and black fruits offset by cooling mineral tones, while turning more savory and floral toward the close. Round tannins coat the senses under a display of violet florals and lavender. This is a Rosso that dreams of being a Brunello; cellar it for another year or two, and reap the rewards. Drinking window: 2022-2026. 93 points

The Baricci Rosso di Montalcino is unique in that it’s sourced through a selection of fruit made during the harvest from within the Montosoli cru. Francesco Buffi of Baricci describes this as a vine-by-vine approach, and not a focus on younger vines, simply those that lend earlier drinking qualities to their Rosso. It’s worth mentioning that even their most recently replanted vines are no younger than twenty years of age. From there, the Rosso fruit undergoes a maceration that lasts just as long as the Brunello (fifteen to eighteen days), and it is then matured for twelve months in twenty-hectoliter Slavonian oak. Basically, it’s a single-vineyard Montosoli Rosso di Montalcino in all but name, and it’s seriously worth seeking out.”

Eric Guido, Vinous (01/21)

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