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: grape vines planted between 1975 and 2017. Orientation: East – South East. Vine Training System: Cordone libero. Vine Stock per Hectar: 5.000. Yield per Hectar: 90 ql.

The Year 2020 Spring was humid, with several rainfalls in March and April. The sun came back in May, but temperatures remained low. The Summer was dry and hot, but without excessive situations, sunny in the day and fresh in the night. Just the perfect weather for Sangiovese. Only one pretty hot week caused drought stress to the vines, giving them that crucial accent that defines a great vintage. At the end of August ten days of rainfalls lowered the temperatures and gave a push to the vines. September was sunny and warm, with cool nights, and helped for a very good phenolic maturation. The harvest started on September 15th and ended on October 2nd, without any rainfall. A ‘2000s-style’ five stars vintage, for warm and opulent wines.

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 14.14 % – Tot. Ac. 5.6 g/l – Vol. Ac. 0.35 g/l – Residual sugars < 0.3 g/l – Dry Extract 28.8 g/l – SO2 20/60.

Sensory analysis Colour: brilliant ruby red of medium intensity. Bouquet: raspberry, strawberry, red orange, saffron, balsamic herbs, a touch of mint. Taste: snappy and lively, vivacious. The sip is fresh and long.

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.

Issue: 2022
Score: 91/100

Charming and elegant, this exhibits cherry, strawberry, rose and sun-kissed grass aromas and flavors. Vibrant and harmonious, with a firm yet lingering finish. Drink now through 2026.

Bruce Sanderson

Issue: February 17, 2022
Score: 88/100

The Fattoria dei Barbi 2020 Rosso di Montalcino promises a simple and easy-drinking approach, and that’s exactly what it delivers. The wine is redolent of sweet cherry and redcurrant, but there are some tarry and earthy tones that are specific to Sangiovese from Montalcino.

Monica Larner

Issue: January 5, 2022
Score: 88/100

Delicate scents of red berry and blue flower lift out of the glass on this pretty young red. The bright, enjoyable palate offers juicy Morello cherry, star anise and a hint of ground pepper alongside lithe tannins. Drink through 2024.

Kerin O’ Keefe