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Professional Ratings: 94 Wine Spectator, 94 Wine Enthusiast, 93 International Wine Cellar, 92 The Wine Advocate
Region: Piedmont, Italy
Other Info: Boutique Wines, Collectible Wines
Style: Big & Bold
Alcohol By Volume: 14%
Item no. 106639
Il Bricco is a single vineyard Barbaresco from selected Nebbiolo that is only produced in top-quality vintages. Il Bricco is the name of the Pio family's vineyard in Treiso, an area of Barbaresco. The word "Bricco" means the peak of a hill. Il Bricco is not a generic peak, but the official name of the estate, marked on government maps as a specific hill dominating the Treiso village. The Il Bricco estate is well-known for the high quality of soil, microclimate and sun exposure.
This is wonderfully floral and fruity on the nose. Full-bodied, with supersilky tannins and a long, long finish. Chewy yet polished. Plenty of ripe blackberry, light toasty oak and vanilla on the finish. Best after 2011. 700 cases made.
Il Bricco is a blockbuster wine with extraordinary intensity and impressive concentration. It’s a dark, spice-driven wine with oak aromas of vanilla, cinnamon and powdered spice backed by black currants, forest berry, pressed flowers, curry and turmeric. Austere and brooding, it’s the kind of wine you’ll want to pair with a heavy winter dish that can stand up to its thick, luscious mouthfeel.
Aromatic, youthful nose combines strawberry, black cherry, dried flowers and menthol. Lush, silky and suave yet still tightly coiled, with firm underlying acidity giving the wine excellent juicy lift and leavening its density. Conveys more flavor authority than the very successful 2005.
The single-vineyard 2004 Barbaresco Il Bricco is incredibly primary today. It bursts from the glass with tons of fruit and a generous, expansive personality buffered by firm, yet elegant tannins. The wine offers outstanding potential, yet it also requires cellaring before offering its finest drinking. The single-vineyard wines are meant to be more modern in style, but in 2004 Il Bricco isn't too different from the Barbaresco. The oak is especially well used in the 2004, and this is a very beautiful Barbaresco. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2024.