The name and the life of Nello Baricci have always merged and made a single body with the hill of Montosoli, a cru named for its ancient vocation to reserve wines. The Riserva NELLO is born from the best performing grapes coming from the best parcel of our best vineyard, the so-called “cru nel cru”. The "best of the best" in a limited edition, on a special numbered label and in wooden cases, only from exceptional vintages that allow very long refinements in the bottle. The label that completes our panorama and celebrates forever a man and a life lived and dedicated to making Sangiovese great in Montalcino and for Montalcino.
After vinification in steel, the wine is aged for 40 months in 5-hectolitre oak barrels followed by aging in the bottle for another 18 months. The first vintage was 2010 with a production of about 1500 bottles. Current production is around 2400 bottles and 20 highly sought-after magnums.
The 2016 vintage was characterized by a winter that tended to be little rainy and a mild spring. These climatic conditions favored a slight advance of budding and flowering, recovered starting from setting, which took place regularly. The summer, which tended to be cooler than the 2015 vintage, was characterized by temperatures above the seasonal average, especially during July and August. The slight rainfall during the month of September and the consequent lowering of temperatures, allowed the grapes to complete their maturation in an optimal way, enhancing the freshness of Sangiovese and giving the wine soft and balanced tannins.
Elegant ruby red to the eye, with garnet reflections. The nose opens on notes of overripe red fruit, and then turns on the tertiaries of licorice, leather and wet earth. There is no shortage of shades of coffee and chocolate. Gritty but well integrated tannins, excellent structure and long persistence.
Wine with great evolutionary prospects.
Taste it at a temperature of 18 ° C, ideal with red meats, it is best paired with roast veal.