96 Points from 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).

 

95 Points from Decanter

All of Baracci's vines are contained in one single vineyard on the hill of Montosoli. With a southeastern exposure, the vineyards are cooled by breezes from the north and east and the soils are a complex mix of marl, schist and quartz. The 2015 is effortlessly balanced, starting with suitably mellowed but still radiant aromas of fennel blossom, tobacco and crushed stone. It flows smoothly on the palate, demonstrating its cunning power with well-honed tannins. For now, underlying tasty red cherry is highly gratifying but this will express so much more in years to come. Drinking Window 2023 - 2037

 

94 Points from Wine Enthusiast

Subdued aromas evoking underbrush, baked plum and scorched earth form the nose along with a balsamic whiff of camphor. Full bodied and chewy, the brawny, enveloping palate features dried cherry, licorice, coffee bean and the warmth of alcohol alongside firm, noble tannins. Drink 2022–2030

 

94 Points from Vinous

Here I’m finding a spicy display, with crushed black cherry giving way to zesty herbs and mineral tones, as hints of cedar, mint leaf, and worn leather evolve in the glass. On the palate, waves of silky textures are carried by brisk acids, as notes of black cherry and spice are carried by brisk acids, with hints of cedar, inner leather, and floral tones evolving and adding depth. The finish is long and structured, resonating on zesty acids and spice, with saturating minerality and fine tannin lingering. It’s a remarkably pretty and perfectly balanced Brunello that will perform beautifully with just a few years in the cellar. Drinking window: 2022 - 2035.

 

Winemaker Notes

Ruby red color, which tends to garnet red with aging. Very complex and intense nose, with fleshy fruit aromas, followed by elegant faded violet and rose notes. The taste is powerful, juicy, with a pleasant vertical freshness and well integrated tannins. Long and fruity finish with lots of berries.

Ideal with red roast meat, noble game and aged cheeses. Perfect also as a meditation wine. Best served at a temperature of about 18/20 °C, opening it 3 hours before drinking.

2015 Baricci "Colombaio Montosoli" Brunello di Montalcino

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