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Barone Ricasoli : Brolio 2021
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Barone Ricasoli : Brolio 2021

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Review by Robert Parker


The richness and elegance of a Tuscan red wine

The estate

A historic Tuscan family, the Ricasolis trace their origins back to the 7th century. In 1141 that the history of the Ricasoli family became intertwined with that of the vine. Written records show that the family already owned Brolio Castle at that time, making Barone Ricasoli the oldest wine estate in Italy. They were visionaries, exporting their wines beyond Italy's borders from the 1600s onwards, and in 1867 the Brolio cuvée won a gold medal at the Paris Universal Exhibition. This quest for innovation continued unabated until, in 1872, a key figure in the family, Baron Bettino Ricasoli, took part in the birth of a legend in Italian winegrowing by creating the first production rule for Chianti. Today, the Barone Ricasoli estate covers 1,200 hectares, including just over 240 hectares of vines, making it the largest vineyard in the region.

The vineyard

Barone Ricasoli's Brolio 2021 is a Tuscan wine from a terroir situated at an altitude of 280-480 metres. Facing south, south-west and south-east, these vines enjoy optimum exposure. Planted at an impressive density of 6,600 vines per hectare, the vines are cordon-pruned and guyot-pruned. The terroir covers a mosaic of soils made up of sandstone, galestro, clay and silty deposits.

Winemaking and ageing

Fermentation takes place in stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature of 24-27°C, with a 14-18 day maceration on the skins. Finally, the wine is aged for 9 months in barrels.

Grape varieties

Sangiovese (95%)
Colorino (5%)

Characteristics and tasting tips for Brolio 2021 from Barone Ricasoli


Rich and velvety, the palate unveils a framework of red fruits mingled with spiced and mineral notes as well as a lingering finish.

To serve

For the best tasting, this wine should be served at a temperature of between 16 and 18°C.

Food and wine pairing

Brolio 2021 from Barone Ricasoli pairs perfectly with pasta with truffles or grilled meat.

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