Fattoria dei Barbi | Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2016














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 2016 The 2016 harvest has given us great satisfaction.Thanks to the freshness of the Spring, with sparse and well distributed rains, and the hot and dry temperature in the Summer, the grapes could develop a balanced maturation. The first Autumn weeks were warm during the day and cool through the nights. That allowed us to bring in the cellar healthy grapes with an excellent concentration of aromas. The harvest took place from September 20th and October 9th.

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. 0.47 g/l – Residual sugars < 0.4 g/l – Dry Extract 28.7 g/l – pH 3.40.

Sensory analysis Colour: brilliant and bright ruby red, medium intensity. Bouquet: red berry fruits, cherry, mint and rosehip. Light hints of wild fennel and sage.Taste: elegant, smooth with a pleasant spiciness. The sip is austere and aristocratic with an “old style” final. Good balance between acidity and tannin. A classic Brunello which reminds the Seventies productions.

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.

Issue: July 7, 2021
Score: 93

Intense nose of red cherries, cedar wood toast and blonde tobacco. Firm structure with great freshness, and savory aftertaste.

Issue: March 4, 2021
Score: 95

The 2016 Brunello has delicate savory aromas of rosemary, dried raspberry, and floral forest floor. There is freshness and pure ripe fruit that fills the palate, with blood orange, dried red cherry, and fresh tomato leaf as well as classic, angular tannin structure and a pleasant light bitterness. This wonderfully expressed traditional wine will be prime for enjoyment over the next 15 years. 2021–2036.

Jeb Dunnuck

Issue: March 31, 2021
Score: 91

Tiefer, fleischiger, etwas zedriger, teeriger und tabakiger Duft nach reifen roten und schwarzen Beeren mit getrocknet-floralen Nuancen und kräuterigen Anklängen. Reife, teils eingemacht wirkende Frucht, schokoladige und eine Spur ledrige und tabakige Holzaromen, recht mürbes Tannin, etwas Biss, spürbare Mineralik, gute Substanz und Nachhaltigkeit, rauchige Anklänge, gewisse Tiefe, sehr guter, recht fester, sich dann öffnender und weicher werdender, saftiger und herb-würziger, auch salziger Abgang. Trinkempfehlung: 2023-2032+. Zuletzt bewertet: 31. März 2021