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This red wine is produced since 1892 and was awarded many times for its quality. This wine is the “heart” of our production and it is made with 100% Sangiovese grapes from our best vineyards in Montalcino.

Grapes Sangiovese 100%.

Vineyards Property of Fattoria dei Barbi, located in the district of Montalcino and registered for Brunello di Montalcino production. Soil: marl, alberese limestone. Altitude: 300-500 mt slm. Average Age: 15 – 20 years. Orientation: South. Vine Training System: Cortina semplice. Vine Stock per Hectar: 5.000. Yield per Hectar: 65 ql.

The Year 2012 The climatic development of 2012 was very unusual. The beginning of the Winter was dry and mild, until the end of January when the weather changed drastically with snow storms and temperatures below zero. In the Spring the climate was dry with warmth above the average, without the regular rains of the period. The Summer was hot for many weeks, keeping the humidity high, until September, when few rainy spells brought back the weather to a more sympathetic level for a balanced maturation of the grapes.

The harvest started on September 18th and finished on October 3th.

Vinification Before the fermentation the grapes were subjected to a cold pre-fermentative maceration which consists in cooling the grapes at a temperature of 16° C in an environment protected by CO2. This process increases the extraction of polyphenols and aroma compounds. The regular alcoholic fermentation followed and lasted 16/17 days at a controlled temperature of 27°-28°C. After the racking and the malolactic fermentation the wine aged in small-medium size oak barrels (2,25 – 15 hl) for the first months. Later it completed the aging in larger oak barrels, for a total period of two years and then is bottled at least 4 months before the release.

Chemical analysis Alcohol 14,5 % – Tot. Ac. 5.4 g/l – Vol. Ac. 0.49 g/l – Free SO2 17 mg/l – Residual sugars (glucose + fructose) 0.8 g/l – Dry extract 32.9 g/l.

Sensory analysis Colour: brilliant and intense ruby red. Bouquet: red berries, raspberry, sour cherry, hints of dog rose, mint liquorice. Taste: captivating and well balanced, long and savoury, fresh, balsamic, lightly spiced. Lingering nuances of candied fruit and orange in the after taste.

Food Combination Perfect for important dishes, roasted or grilled red meats, game, venison, stewed wild boar. Excellent with mature cheeses.

Serving Temperature 18°C.

Capacity of Ageing 15-50 years.

Conservation and Storage Keep the bottle horizontally in a dark place at a temperature of 12°-14°C.

90 punti – James Suckling

Aromas of plums and dried berries with hints of flowers and sweet tobacco. Medium body, redcurrant and berry flavors and a medium finish. Drink now.

93 punti – Intravino | Andrea Gori

Barbi: ampiezza e tocchi femminili graziosi, cipria, mughetto, viola e lavanda, poi in bocca il frutto è convincente, con centro bocca preciso e finale in crescendo. 93

91 punti – Vinous | Ian D’Agata

Brunello di Bright red. Sour red cherry, violet and licorice on the subtle, complex nose. Suave and fine-grained, with pure red berry flavors communicating a restrained sweetness and an underlying mineral bent. Finishes perfumed and long, with smooth, tannins and lovely lift and length. A classy Brunello of sneaky concentration and outstanding balance. Well done in such a difficult year, Drinking window: 2020-2029

Antonio Di Spirito | Luciano Pignataro

E’ pigro e ritroso a manifestarsi, almeno al naso; in bocca, però, ritrovi tutti gli elementi del grande vino complesso, profondo ed equilibrato; è fresco, concentrato ed intenso; interminabile la sua persistenza.

92+ punti – Monica Larner | Robert Parker – Wine Advocate

Fattoria dei Barbi’s 2014 Brunello di Montalcino marks an impressive effort in what was undoubtedly a difficult vintage. The experienced winemaking team at this historic estate has evidently made specific choices to uphold the quality of their Brunelllo despite the challenges of this wet and cold growing season. For example, careful green harvesting proved essential for even ripening of the clusters. The fruit here does appear evenly mature and there is enough succulent flavor intensity (with dark fruit, tobacco and cured spice) and texture to count on a healthy aging trajectory as we move forward in time. However, this vintage is fundamentally near and medium term, so I would recommend a 10- or 15-year drinking window. It also tastes great straight out of the gate.