This wine has the same characteristics of Brunello but with an easier approach. The grapes of Sangiovese come from the younger vineyards which produce aromatic and elegant wines with a medium body. It is the ideal every day companion for family meals.
Grapes Sangiovese 100%.
Vineyards Property of Fattoria dei Barbi, located in the district of Montalcino and registered for Brunello di Montalcino production. Soil: marl, shale. Altitude: 400-450 mt slm. Average Age: 12 years. Orientation: East – South East. Vine Training System: Cortina semplice. Vine Stock per Hectar: 5.000. Yield per Hectar: 90 ql.
The Year 2018 The beginning of the season was characterized by a mild January and a colder February with northern winds. Both months were marked by abundant rains and occasionally by snow, which was helpful for the water supply. The Spring was still very rainy with temperatures higher than average. The Summer was dryer and very hot in the second half of August. A few thunderstorms at the beginning of September refreshed the temperature and helped the grapes to reach a good and balanced maturation, even if anticipated.
The harvest took place from September 17th until the 29th.
Vinification Before the regular fermentation the grapes were subjected to a cold prefermentative maceration which consists in cooling the grapes at a temperature of 16°C. This process increases colour stability and improves extraction of polyphenols and aroma compounds. The alcoholic fermentation lasted 12/13 days at a controlled temperature of 29°-30°C. This wine had about 6 months of refinement in small/medium oak barrels and stainless steel vats.
Chemical analysis Alcohol 14.1% – Tot. Ac. 5.0 g/l – Vol. Ac. 0.49 g/l – Residual sugars < 1.5 g/l – Dry Extract 29.3 g/l.
Sensory analysis Colour: ruby red of medium intensity. Bouquet: black cherry and raspberry. Hints of mint, dog rose and pomegranate. Taste: immediately soft and long, velvety tannins. Nuances of red berries and sour cherry in the aftertaste.
Food Combination It is the perfect complement for roasted and grilled meat (both beef and white meat), cheeses and casserole dishes.
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.