93 Points- James Suckling
90 points- Wine Spectator
92 Insider Points
"Lots of blackcurrants, grapes and lemon zest character. Full body, firm and silky tannins and a long and flavorful finish. It's firm and very tight. Compact structure. Delicious blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, syrah and sangiovese. Better in 2018" -James Suckling
"Pure and fresh, boasting black currant and black cherry flavors, with tar and earth details. Lean, almost racy, with vivid acidity driving the long, mineral-tinged finish. Sangiovese, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2017 through 2023. 3,000 cases made." - Wine Spectator
The wine presents with a nose that is just as much oak and cedar as it is ripe berries and plum, with a delicate influence of sweet violet and lavender. The palate is fresh and lively with a powerful acidity and firm structure, but the texture is supple and smooth. Blackberry, plum and blackcurrant mingle on the palate with dried rose petals and a hint of baking spice. The wine is still young and will age well for another 6-8 years. - DZ Jul 2017
This is the latest release of O’Lillo’s stunning Super Tuscan. Still just a baby, this gorgeous blend of Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet, and Syrah is already showing promise and will be a beauty once it hits its drinking window.
Round and full-bodied, with palate-whetting fresh berry flavors this is laced with enough bright acidity to give it zing. Background savory notes fill out the picture. For maximum drinking pleasure, give this a couple of more years in the cellar then pop the cork and enjoy!
The combination of high altitude, nearly 900 feet, southern-facing vineyards, exacting viticultural practices -- Baracchi’s vineyards are hand-tended and harvesting involves multiple passes (tries) to pick pristine fruit at the peak of ripeness -- show through in this charmer of a wine!
Couple Things to Know:
They don’t call them Super Tuscans for nothing! IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica) wines first appeared on Italy’s wine scene in the 1970s as a way to improve quality and show more creativity than the authorities’ DOC requirements allowed. They were and are a hit with consumers and critics alike for their more fruit-forward and fresher style, use of international grape varieties, and French oak aging.
It’s rare to find a Super Tuscan at this price point and quality level -- as with previous vintages, Baracchi’s 2014 received high marks from James Suckling (93 points) and Wine Spectator.
Deep berry flavors unfold on a rounded palate. Integrated oak, supple tannins, and background savory notes join with fresh acidity to create a harmonious, zesty whole. This is still a little shy, but will be entering its drinking window within the next two years.
Unique wines, which are able to express Riccardo's passion and sensibility, the elegance of territory, the combination of aristocratic perfumes with dense and pleasant tastes, which keep evolving for long, long years.
Just three wines are part of Cortona Doc: Smeriglio Syrah, Smeriglio Merlot and Smeriglio Sangiovese in which the varietals aromas have the maximum expression.
The names of the wines reflect the passion for falconry, Smeriglio and Astore are names of falcons, very attentive and full of passion, Ardito instead defines the character of the falcon, fearless and brave .
Pair with pasta in a wild boar ragu sauce, grilled meats, and cheeses.