Morellino is a wine that has his birth place in Maremma, an area located in the most southern part of Tuscany. It is made of at least 85%Sangiovese, locally called “Morellino” and of 15% Merlot. It is a wine with a good structure and balance between soft tannins and lively acidity. Its roots are ancient but the style is modern and captivating.

Grape Sangiovese Morellino 85% – Merlot 15%.

Vineyards From the estate Aquilaia dei Barbi, property of Fattoria dei Barbi in the district of Scansano, which are classified for the production of Morellino di Scansano. Soil: clay, limestone, stones. Altitude: 250 m slm. Average Age: 14 years. Orientation: East and South West. Vine Training System: Cortina semplice. Vine Stock per Hectar: 5.000. Yield per Hectar: 90 ql.

Vinification Once crushed and destemmed the grapes ferment in vat at an average temperature of 27-28°C for 12-13 days. Ageing: partially in stainless steel and partially in oak barrels for 6 months.

Sensory analysis Colour: medium intensity ruby red color with purple hues. Bouquet: aromas of little red berries integrated with ripe cherry, hints of myrtle and Mediterranean bush. Taste: warm taste with soft and savoury tannins. Lively with a touch of green tobacco in the aftertaste. A fresh wine able to be ready from the Spring after the harvest.

Pairing Ideal with roasted meats, wild boar casserole typical of the local cuisine, cured meats and mature cheeses. Also a very good match for spiced fish soups and any kind of fish dish in which tomatoes are included.

Serving Temperature 18°C.

Capacity of Ageing 4-5 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.