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The Vigna del Fiore is an unique vineyard: its 14 acres (5.7 hectares) are situated in an area where the vine is cultivated by our family since the XVI century. It is one of the southernmost and oldest vineyard in the whole area of the Brunello di Montalcino. The particular exposition and the composition of the soil give to this Brunello special qualities, with a very elegant bouquet and an harmonic and complex taste.
The Brunello Vigna del Fiore has been produced since 1981; for its harmony and charm it can be drunk and appreciated from the earlier years in bottle, despite being a wine with an excellent capacity of ageing.

Grapes Sangiovese 100%.

Vineyards Property of Fattoria dei Barbi, located in the district of Montalcino and registered for Brunello di Montalcino production. Soil: marl and alberese in the highest part of the vineyard. Altitude: 270-294 mt slm. Average age: grape vines planted in 1991. Orientation: South – South West. Vine Training System: Cortina semplice. Vine Stock per hectar: 4.130. Yeld per hectar: 55 ql.

The Year 2019 Winter with temperatures slightly above the average for recent years; only minimum temperatures were below zero, concentrated mainly in the first half of January. Rainfall concentrated between 18 and 25 January and the first five days of February, for a total of about 70 mm over the two months. Budding took place at the usual time, with rainfall of around 100 mm and average temperatures of around 10°C in March, April and May. The seasonal trend during these months led to a vegetative slowing down of about two weeks. There was no significant rainfall in June and July, except for a major days. Average temperatures during the two months were between 20°C and 25°C, with peaks of 35°C on just two days. No precipitation was recorded in August, apart from around the 25th of the month, with a total of 20 mm; temperatures were within the usual range, with maximums between 30 and 35°C. Thanks to the accumulated water reserves and temperatures that never reached excessively high peaks, the foliage remained more or less intact and efficient. All this allowed the slow and even ripening of the grapes, ideal for obtaining perfect phenolic and technological maturity. As well as delaying the harvest, rain during the first week of September also allowed the containment of the alcohol content of the grapes. The Sangiovese grapes were in excellent health. The harvest started on September 30th and ended on October 10th.

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 14.50 % – Tot. Ac. 5.6 g/l – Vol. Ac. 0.5 g/l – Residual sugars < 0.5 g/l – Dry Extract 30.7 g/l – pH 3,43.

Sensory Analysis Colour: brilliant ruby red. Bouquet: ripe fruit. Strawberry and black cherry jam, star anise, rhubarb, coffee powder, liquorice. Taste: warm and enveloping, wide and long sip, well integrated tannins, complex and fragrant. Long persistence.

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

Serving Temperature Serve at a temperature of 18°C.

Capacity of ageing 20-60 years.

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

Format wine Bordeaux style bottle 0.75 Lt.

Enviromental Labeling

Issue: September 2023
Score: 94/100

Juicy and expressive nose of crushed tomatoes, potpourri, and red plums with some coffee and cedar. Full-bodied with solid tannins and balanced acidity. Orange aftertaste. Savory and complex. Fascinating now but will go even further after 2028.

James Suckling

Issue: December 14, 2023
Score: 96/100

2019 Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di MontalcinoVigna del Fiore

Producer: Fattoria dei Barbi
From: Italy, Tuscany, Brunello di Montalcino
Color: Red
Type: Table
Sweetness: dry
Variety: Sangiovese
Rating 95
Release Price 150
Drink Date 2025 – 2040
Reviewed by Monica Larner
Issue Date Dec 14, 2023
Source December 2023 Week 2

The Fattoria dei Barbi 2019 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Fiore is a darker and more concentrated expression with plum, cooked cherry, balsam herb, cola, pressed blue flower and toasted spice. Compared to the village bottling, this wine takes the intensity up a notch and offers lots of textured richness. There is a clear chalkiness to the tannins. The score gap between this bottle and the classic Brunello does not meet the price point difference (which is almost double for the Vigna del Fiore). However, with only 4,000 bottles made, this wine will prove more challenging to locate.

Monica Larner

 

Issue: December 2023
Score: 95/100

2019 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Fiore
Producer: Fattoria dei Barbi
Release Price: $123
Color: Red
Drinking Window: 2026 – 2039
Eric Guido, November 2023
Dusty rose and cedar shavings give way to dried strawberries and clove as the delicate 2019 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Fiore unfolds in the glass. This is a model of purity, with a silken textural wave that washes across the palate, ushering in polished red fruits and inner orals that resonate throughout. The 2019 nishes dramatically long and potent, with edgy tannins that add youthful poise as a bump of residual acidity maintains freshness. Nearly a minute goes by, and notes of inner rose and tart cranberry linger. This is a stunning interpretation of Vigna del Fiore.

Eric Guido

Issue: November 14, 2023
Score: 16+/20

Dark maturing ruby with orange tinges. Sweetly fruity nose that is still quite closed. Aromatic cherry fruit with plenty of depth and rather rustic, drying tannins, but time may give it the polish it needs. (WS) 14.5% Drink 2026 – 2032

Walter Speller

Issue: March 4, 2024
Score: 92/100

Hemmed in by forest and planted on stony soil, Vigna del Fiore is a 5.7 hectare plot cultivated by the Cinelli Colombini family since the 16th century. Long ageing in barriques and tonneaux confers a savoury nose of leather and porcini. Cinnamon and pressed florals add sweetness. Soft at first, this saturates the mouth with rhubarb compote and balsamic herbs. A coffee twist augments the complexity. It builds with grainy texture to a dry, assertive climax. A year in the cellar should soften the edges. Tasted by: Michaela Morris (at Chiostro Museo Montalcino, 14 Nov 2023). Drinking Window: 2025-2035

Michaela Morris

Issue: March 4, 2024
Score: 95/100

Pouring a red/garnet hue, the 2019 Brunello Di Montalcino Vigna Dei Barbi needs some coaxing in the glass on opening, but when it does, it really gets going, offering notes of dried cherries, cedar, dried fl owers, mint, and tobacco. Medium to full-bodied, it has good energy through the palate, with angular tannins, mouthwatering fresh acidity, and salty earth tones that last long on the palate, with a touch of warmth and notes of spiced orange on the finish. This is a gorgeous wine from the estate that will need a couple years to start fully coming together. Drink 2026-2045. | Tasting Date: 2/28/2024 Maturity: 2026 – 2045

Audrey Frick

Issue: March 22, 2024
Score: 91/100

Medium red. Slightly thick aromas and flavours of dark cherry, toffee, smoke and herbs. Not quite as perfumed as the classic 2019 Brunello, and this seems to have been a little over-extracted to me. Maybe cellaring it for a decade or so will help it come around, but I wonder. Drinking window: 2033-2042.

Ian D’Agata

Issue: November 29, 2023
Score: 93/100

Showing more depth than the firm’s straight Brunello, the 2019 Vigna del Fiore starts out with enticing aromas of camphor, wild berry, sun-warmed hay, violet and new leather. On the polished palate, velvety tannins accompany dried cherry, licorice and mocha. Drink 2028–2039. Abv: 14.5% Kerin O’Keefe November 2023 ©kerinokeefe.com

Kerin O’Keefe

Issue: November 29, 2023

Fattoria dei Barbi – Vigna del Fiore Youthfully reticent, with herbal nuances underpinning tart dark berries and violets. Similarly austere on the palate, with powdery tannins and bright acidity upfront, it has the right credentials to perform well in the long run.

Filippo Bartolotta

Issue: October 2023
Score: 98

From a single plot, the southernmost of the estate, a place where the vine has been cultivated since the 1500s, is a Brunello of intensity. Nose of red currant, touches of marjoram and rhubarb, sip with a return of currant notes, sapid tannins, great persistence.

Luca Gardini

Issue: November 2023

Entre os 20 Brunello di Montalcino mais bem avaliados por Bon Vivant.

Andreia Debon

Issue: December 14, 2023

Mes coups de coeur Brunello 2019

Marie Joanna Roginska

Issue: February 2024
Score: 17,5

Duftet nach Blüten und roten Beeren; kraft-voll-elegant der Auftritt, linearer Verlauf, gute Länge. Überzeugt mit seiner Typizität | 2027 bis 2034

Christian Eder

Issue: February 13, 2024
Score: 94

Pale ruby red in colour. Aromatics of camphor, liquorice with notes of tobacco leaf and blue florals. Wild red and black small berries, salty liquorice, blood orange and pomegranate. Silky entry, juicy and broad. Medium bodied. Distinctive spice profile. Zesty acidity carries the energy. Rounded tannins. Lingers on the close.

Tony Wood

Issue: March 25, 2024
Score: 95/100

If the large quantity label of Annata-Classica will show youthfulness, wood and structure to need a few years further age than the single vineyard sangiovese will require two times the amount, at the very least. Vigna del Fiore fruit is deeper but also darker, richer in terms of texture and full of parts more developed. More than that are perfumes and spicing that demand attention while the interaction between fruit and structural parts are working through their motions. Having tasted the 2015 just the night before and finding it just beginning to reveal scenes two through four within act one notes tells us that 2019 VdF is likely 10 years away from that launching point. Sure it can be enjoyed to the fullest in five to seven years but the best will be a few more after that. Drink 2027-2033. Tasted November 2023.

Michael Godel

Issue: Tasted November 2023
Score: 93

Ricco e ben slanciato nel profilo sensoriale mostra note di ciliegie, prugne rosse, amarene, datteri, canfora, gelsomino appassito, succo di mandarino e terra bagnata. Corpo pieno, tannini morbidi ed un finale di grande leggiadria e personalità. Meglio dal 2025.

Raffaele Vecchione