Ardito is the masterpiece of Baracchi. After destemming and light crushing, the Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are vinified separately; maceration took place in stainless steel tanks, during which time alcoholic fermentation was also completed. The wine is then transferred to new French oak barriques where malolactic fermentation is completed. The wine is then racked, blended and then return to the barrels for about 20 months aging, followed by aging for about one year in bottles before release.
Excellently concentrated ruby red colour. Intense aromas of full-ripe fruits such as blackberries, morello cherries and wild berries blend well with the spicy and toasty notes of black pepper, sweet tobacco, chocolate and vanilla from ageing in wood. The elegance on the nose is supported by hints of herbs, topsoil, lether and tobacco. Blasamic finish. A complex, harmonious and full-bodied wine, velvety well supported by a marked freshness and smooth tannins. Complex wine.
Ardito 2012: 92 points James Suckling
Riccardo Baracchi and his family have devoted decades to restoring their ancestral properties and becoming the most highly-regarded estate in Cortona. They farm 22 hectares overlooking the Val di Chiana, cultivating both native and international vine varieties.