Dry red wine, 100% Sangiovese grapes. This Riserva of Brunello is made with a special selection of grapes collected from our best vineyards in Montalcino. The ageing in barrel and in bottle is longer than the one for a regular Brunello, thus the wine has a deeper concentration and a wider complexity of aromas.

Grapes Sangiovese 100%.

Vineyards Property of Fattoria dei Barbi, located in the district of Montalcino and registered for Brunello di Montalcino production. Soil: marl. Altitude: 400 mt slm. Average age: 20 years. Orientation: South East. Vine Training System: Cortina semplice. Vine Stock per hectar: 5.000. Yeld per hectar: 60 ql.

The Year 2013 After a humid and rainy Winter, with mild temperatures, the Spring maintained more or less the same climatic characteristics, but with warmer temperatures. This helped the growth of the vines. The first part of the Summer was fresher and more humid than usual. In the second part, the weather was drier and warmer, more suitable for the season. The warm weather continued in the early Autumn, with occasional rains which refreshed the environment. The cooler nights made easier for the vines to carry on the process of maturation with the right balance.
The harvest took place from the 6th to the 14th of October.

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 three years and then is bottled at least 6 months before the release.

Sensory Analysis Colour: intense ruby red. Bouquet: aromas of ripe plum and black currant which integrate with scents of dried fruit, vanilla and nutmeg. Taste: velvety tannins well balanced with the acidity. Long and persistent, the ripe black fruits and spicy aromas come back in the aftertaste.

Food Combinations Wine for important occasions, matches roast or braised meat, game and mature cheeses.

Serving Temperature Serve at a temperature of 18°C.

Capacity of ageing 20-80 years.

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

Issue: March 22, 2019
Score: 93

A dense, muscular red, this sports black cherry, plum, leather, tobacco and tar flavors. There is requisite fruit to offset the gruff tannins, with a long aftertaste of fruit, savory and mineral. Best from 2023 through 2042.

Bruce Sanderson

Issue: March 22, 2019
Score: 95

Fattoria dei Barbi strikes a terrific balance between elegance and sheer muscle in the 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva. This Riserva is distinguished by dark fruit and savory tones of toasted clove, cedar, campfire ash, leather, tobacco and smoked bacon. Those smoky flavors are expertly woven into the thick fiber of this well-structured wine.

Monica Larner

Issue: March 2019
Score: 91+

Bright ruby-red. Perfumed violet lift to the aromas of raspberry, leather, wet stones and licorice. Then intensely flavored (dark berries, smoke, minerals and spices) offering excellent balance of sweetness and acidity but finishes with substantial tongue-coating tannins, an austere mouthfeel and noteworthy length. This wine needs time to resolve its dusty tannins, but I think there’s enough fruit to allow it to age properly. Drinking Window: 2022-2032

Ian D’Agata

Issue: January 29, 2019
Score: 16+

Maturing mid ruby with bright bricky tinges. Deep gingerbread nose. Masses of dark, sweet fruit cut through by racy acidity. Monolithicand in need of more time. Drink 2020-2028.

Walter Speller

Issue: January 5, 2019
Score: 91

Underbrush, blue-fl ower, new leather and dark spice aromas form the nose. The lithe,linear palate offers dried cherry, tobacco and star anise alongside polished tannins and fi rmacidity. Drink 2022–2028.

Kerin O’Keefe

Issue: February 2019
Score: 94

There are Barbi Riservas and there are Barbi Riservas. Many are the toughest nuts to crack and then along comes a fruit beauty like 2013. Not sure I’ve ever tasted this sort of gregarious nature from a Barbi, normale, Riserva, or Vigna del Fiore. There is no compromise to tradition but there too is no holding back in delivery of ripe, fattened red fruit, sweet acidity and even sweeter tannins. The picking, selecting, vinifying and aging of the components that made up this wine were spot on. A gift to the consumer. Start your Brunello Riserva journey right here. Drink 2019-2027. Tasted February 2019.

Michael Godel

Issue: March 4, 2019
Score: 91

Fattoria dei Barbi 14,5 VoL-%, NK. Sattes, kraftvolles Rubinrot. Intensive und kompakte Nase nach Schwarzen Johannisbeeren, Lakritze, etwas Pflaume. Am Gaumen ausgesprochen geschmeidig und fein, breitet sich elegant
und weich aus, leichtes Salz, im Finale fester Druck.

Othmar Kiem