This wine is the result of long studies regarding the fermentation of grapes from Montalcino, done by Giovanni Colombini in the s’60 and ’70. It is a very versatile red wine, never excessive, ideal to share with friends the pleasure of conviviality. It is made mostly with Sangiovese, uncomplicated and straightforward, and shows its typical fruity notes. The label is the original one, designed by Giovanni Colombini in 1969, the year of its first release.
Grape Sangiovese 90-90%, various red varietal for the remaining percentage.
Vineyards From our estate Fattoria dei Barbi, located in the district of Montalcino. Soil: marl and clay. Altitude: 400 m slm. Average Age of Vines: 15 years. Orientation: South West. Vine Training System: Cortina semplice. Vine Stock per Hectar: 5.000.
Vinification and Ageing According to the seasonal development the grapes, once destemmed and crushed, undergo a colling process with e a drop in temperature down to 16°C in order to help the extraction of anthocyanins and polyphenols from the skins.and give more stability to the colour. The following alcoholic fermentation lasts 10/12 days under a controlled temperature of 27-28°C. Ageing: stainless steel vats.
Sensory analysis Colour: brilliant and lively ruby red.
Bouquet: a bright fruit nose presents red berries and wild strawberries, enriched by subtle floral notes.
Taste: supple on the palate, fresh-tasting and delightfully drinkable.
Pairing The versatility of the wine matches white meats, cured pork cuts, spicy saues, fresh cheeses and traditional pizzas.
Serving Temperature 18°C.
Capacity of Ageing 3-4 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.