Monday, December 7, 2009

2007 Baricci Rosso di Montalcino



This wine was recommended to me by one of the guys at K&L Hollywood...I love me a good Rosso di Montalcino. Last time I was in Rome (which was really just when I was beginning to like wine), Sarah and I went to a restaurant called Bramante, which is located fairly close to Piazza Navona. Sitting at the bar, I ordered a glass of wine that, to this day, is still a benchmark in my head for red wine. I'm not sure exactly what it was, but I think that it was a 1997 or 1999 Rosso di Montalcino (like I said, I don't remember exactly, and this was before the note taking/familiarity with wine days). That would make sense, since the wine was fairly cheap--less than 10 Euro, it had a lot of primary fruit, it was by the glass, and it wasn't Brunello. I know that that particular glass of wine/epiphany is forever going to be played back in my head, can't be re-created, and is at this point, a figment of my memory. If I could have another glass, it might even disapoint me. Anyways, this wine took me back to Bramante, if only for a fleeting moment. It's not really the same as that glass at Bramante flavor wise, but it has similar characteristics. There is a wild nose on this thing that has licorice, blackberries, herbs, leather and earth all hiding out. (Not the funky, sappy, cherry in the memory, but it has the same Sangiovese soul.) Complex and shifty (which is one of my favorite ways to describe a wine--it's almost like Spy vs. Spy--my nose is one spy, the wine's nose is the other). A very nice marriage of tannin, acidity, and blackberry fruit, along with a chocolatey herbal-tinged finish. This wine is a humdinger, I think. It's really too bad that there isn't anymore of it at K&L. A

4 comments:

CabFrancoPhile said...

I need to get on all these Italian wines. The Rosso di Montalcinos sound especially nice. Not too expensive like Brunellos, and good young.

Jeff said...

I love Italy just because I think it's a little more loveable than France. France is, well, France. Quite elegant, but maybe a little stuffy at the same time? Italy is completely unpretentious, maybe even what you would call rustic (although not this wine I think), but it can be a lot more fun.

maulmatt! said...

Some of the outer Chianti areas, other than Chianti Classico, are a good value as well. I tasted a Chianti Ruffina Riserva a while back that was fantastic. 15.99 retail...

Jeff said...

Yeah I recently had a 2004 Chianti Rufina from Selvapiana (who is one of the big Rufina producers from what I understand) that was really nice. Pretty good for 20$. http://www.vivalawino.com/2009/11/2004-selvapiana-chianti-rufina-riserva.html