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Brunello 2013, “a true growers’ vintage”: Critics rave about 2013 release from Montalcino
Montalcino

Brunello 2013, “a true growers’ vintage”: Critics rave about 2013 release from Montalcino

Just a day after the conclusion of Benvenuto Brunello — the annual grand tasting in Montalcino where producers feature new releases — top Italian wine critics are already publishing their glowing praise of the 2013 harvest. “A true growers’ vintage” is how top Tuscan sommelier, restaurateur, and wine writer Andrea Gori put it in a post for … Continue reading

Notes on the 2013 harvest in Montalcino: A “classic” acidity-driven vintage
Montalcino

Notes on the 2013 harvest in Montalcino: A “classic” acidity-driven vintage

A mild winter, warm spring, and cool temperatures and light rain in late summer and fall created the perfect conditions for classic-style Brunello in 2013. See Stefano’s vintage notes below. “The 2013 vintage represents the first opportunity, in the last two years, to add classically-styled Brunello to our cellars,” wrote top American taster and buyer … Continue reading

Wine Enthusiast: 90+ point scores across the board for our new releases
Accolades / Montalcino

Wine Enthusiast: 90+ point scores across the board for our new releases

Above: Sangiovese in our Vigna del Fiore vineyard, our top cru. We are thrilled to share these scores, previews, from Wine Enthusiast, including 94 points for our 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Fiore. We don’t have the accompanying tasting notes yet but we will post them as soon as they are published (in the … Continue reading

When Greenland was green: Stefano’s op-ed on the challenges of climate change
Climate change

When Greenland was green: Stefano’s op-ed on the challenges of climate change

Last week, leading Italian wine writer Pietro Stara published this op-ed by Fattoria dei Barbi owner and winemaker Stefano Cinelli Colombini on his popular blog Vino e Storia (Wine and History). We are pleased to present this English-language translation here. Translation by our blogmaster. Is the climate changing? Haven’t you heard the big news? In … Continue reading

James Suckling: 2013 Vigna del Fiore “great wine” 93 points
Montalcino

James Suckling: 2013 Vigna del Fiore “great wine” 93 points

Thrilled to share these recently published scores and tasting notes from one of the world’s top tasters of Tuscan wines, James Suckling. Fattoria dei Barbi 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Fiore 93 points A superb wine for the mellow and complex, concentrated palate, this has a very impressive dark-cherry and earthy core. Spiced leather … Continue reading

What does the word Palio mean? And who are the artists who design the Palio banner?
Palio

What does the word Palio mean? And who are the artists who design the Palio banner?

Above: Artist Alessandro Grazi’s “drappellone” for the July 2, 2007 Palio. Image via Pabel of Florence’s Flickr (Creative Commons). The winning contrada (ward or neighborhood) of each Palio, Siena’s famous horse race, takes home the highly coveted drappellone, a banner like the one in the photo above. The word drappellone comes from the Italian drappello … Continue reading