Nello Baricci is one of the 26 founding members of the Brunello di Montalcino Association, established in 1967. He was, for many years, the voice of the small producers who greatly contributed to increasing this prestigious appellation’s reputation. It is for this reason that Baricci today remains the only producer who can put a drawing of the town of Montalcino on its wine labels. The estate, now run by Nello’s son Pietro Buffi and grandson Federico Buffi, is located in Colombaio Montosli, an area considered one of Brunello’s best vineyards. The Baricci family never followed the trend towards an international, more extracted and woody style. Rather, their wines are made following the purest regional traditions, with precision and great elegance. Soil, sun exposure, serious farming without chemical herbicides or products, and a traditional winemaking process, are the main reasons for these Brunello wines’ authenticity and unpretentiousness. The Baricci family’s wines are simply fine, beautiful, and elegant. They beautifully illustrate the intrinsic properties of the Montalcino terroir.
Vintage 2015, TRE BICCHIERI Gambero Rosso Vintage 2015, 95pts and BEST ROSSO OF THE YEAR, Decanter Gorgeous fruit to this rosso with lots of dried cherry, light chocolate and berry character. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a clean fruit finish. Delicious now. Vintage 2014, James Suckling - 90 points Pretty aromas of underbrush, crushed blue...
The Brunello Di Montalcino appellation is located 65 km south of Siena. In this picturesque setting, the hills are spread in waves dotted with forests and medieval villages, such as Montalcino, located in the middle of the appellation of the same name. Until the 1970s the wine industry was inconsequential in this part of Tuscany, even though its climate is more suitable for grape growing than other sectors of the region. It has gained popularity however: in four and a half decades, Montalcino has gone from having around ten grape growers and wine makers to more than 200. Fortunately, the majority are family businesses or small operations. In 1968 the appellation was awarded the quality assurance label DOC, and later promoted to DOCG Chianti in 1980. Although Chianti is Tuscany’s most popular appellation, Brunello Di Montalcino is undoubtedly the most prestigious. Currently it produces wines that are among Italy’s most famous and expensive.
Montalcino has a double advantage: it benefits from having a warm and dry climate and rocky and poor soils, making it probably the best Tuscan terroir. The Mount Amiata ridge, whose highest peak is 1,700 meters, dominates the landscape and offers excellent protection against the elements that come from the south. Soils are diverse which is reflected in the character of the wines. Hilltops have sandy soils while volcanic tuff deposits are more frequent in the vicinity of Mount Amiata.In general, Brunello Di Montalcino wines proffer great power with firm tannins that, after several years of aging in the cellar, reveal sublime bouquets of flowers, tobacco and spices.