The Chianti Classico is the Tuscan wine with the oldest regulation. In 1796 the Grand Duke of Tuscany issued an edict which limited the area of production. Many things have changed today, but the austere character and the class of this wine not just remain but have increased.
Grape Sangiovese 80% – Cabernet and Merlot 20%.
Vinification and Ageing Traditionally made with a medium term alcoholic maceration, immediately followed by the malolactic one. Ageing: in large Slavonian oak barrels.
Sensory analysis Colour: intense red ruby colour.
Bouquet: important fruity aromas of sour cherry, balsamic hues and spicy notes.
Taste: large structure in the mouth with a good acidic presence, the perfect balance of the warmth of alcohol and the sweet touch of fine tannins give a special softness to the taste.
Pairing Game, roasted red meat.
Serving Temperature 18°C.
Capacity of Ageing 3-5 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.