The name and life of Nello Baricci have always merged and become a single body with the hill of Montosoli, a cru named for its ancient vocation to reserve wines.
The Brunello di Montalcino NELLO Riserva is born from the grapes coming from the best parcel of the best vineyard, the so-called “cru within the cru”.
The “best of the best” in a limited edition, on a special numbered label, only from exceptional vintages that allow very long refinements in the bottle.
The founder of Il Colombaio di Montosoli was Nello Baricci born on May 21, 1921, true patriarch of the denomination. His farm, founded in 1955 – “Colombaio Montosoli” – is located entirely on the hill of Montosoli – one of the most prestigious Crus in the northern quadrant of Montalcino.
In 1980 Brunello di Montalcino became the first DOCG in Italy and at the time of drafting the official map of the area, Baricci Colombaio Montosoli ranks first among the more than 200 producers quoted today. Number one because Nello, of the twenty-six original members, was accredited as Founder of the Brunello di Montalcino Association.
Montalcino – and its Brunello – does not have a formal “Cru” system, but probably, by acclamation, the famous Montosoli vineyard would be Grand Cru. In practice, the entire Brunello appellation covers about 2100 hectares, and of this, Montosoli includes 5 hectares, or less than 3% of the entire Brunello appellation.
The entire Baricci Colombaio Montosoli farm and vineyards are located within Montosoli, where they have a handful of contiguous vineyards.
There is magic in the union between Nello Baricci – the legend – and Montosoli, the vineyard. Rarely does place and individual combine for such quality and history.