Brunello di Montalcino Riserva ‘Nello’ 2012


98 points Wine Enthusiast

  Chopped mint, forest floor, tilled earth and wild berry are just some of the aromas you’ll find on this stunning, structured red. Full bodied yet elegant, the palate delivers crushed raspberry, ripe Marasca cherry, clove and licorice framed in tightly-knit, noble tannins. Fresh acidity lends balance. It’s already remarkable but will be even better with more bottle age once the tannins unwind a bit. Drink 2022-2042. *Cellar Selection* (KO)   (5/2019)

96 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

  Dedicated to Nello Baricci, the celebrated patriarchal figurehead of this historic winery who passed away in April 2017, the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Nello does his memory proud. This is an extremely elegant and finessed Sangiovese with plenty of energy and tension buried deep inside. The bouquet produces delicate layers of wild rose, forest berry, spice and crushed river stone. This is a marvelous interpretation of a vintage that was certainly not all smooth sailing. These are exceptional results. (ML)   (7/2019)

95 points Wine Spectator

  Offers aromas of macerated cherry and plum, with iron, sanguine, leather, wild herb, spice and earth notes. Intense, long and chewy on the minerally finish. Traditional style. Best from 2022 through 2035. 200 cases made. (BS)   (6/2018)

94 points Vinous

  Dark red with a hint of a pale rim. The deep, closed nose hints at red cherry, sage, licorice and tea leaf. Then also dense and brooding in the mouth, where big, deep, tightly packed flavors of flinty red and blue fruit are complicated by aromatic herbs and sandalwood. Currently a monolith, this needs plenty of time in the cellar to showcase all of its noteworthy potential. I would not be surprised if this scored at least two points higher in the future, hence the plus sign on my score. (ID) 94+   (4/2018)