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English is spoken (very well) at the Barbi tasting room!
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English is spoken (very well) at the Barbi tasting room!

Our American and British friends come to visit us at the tasting room because they enjoy tasting our estate’s current releases as well as a wide range of older vintages that owner Stefano makes available every week. But they also come because they that English is spoken there. Indeed, it is spoken very well! On … Continue reading

Wine Spectator features Stefano Cinelli Colombini and 2008 Vigna del Fiore
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Wine Spectator features Stefano Cinelli Colombini and 2008 Vigna del Fiore

“For Stefano Colombini at Fattoria dei Barbi,” writes Wine Spectator senior editor Bruce Sanderson this week, “2008 had perfect ripeness, a year without extreme heat resulting in well-balanced wines.” “‘[The different] zones were important, but the human factor more important. In fact, it was crucial in ’08,’ he said. ‘You could have a good Brunello … Continue reading

“You can keep your radishes. I’ll take the Brunello instead.” Culture, history, and tradition in Montalcino (Stefano Cinelli Colombini)
Brunello di Montalcino / Montalcino History / Stefano Cinelli Colombini

“You can keep your radishes. I’ll take the Brunello instead.” Culture, history, and tradition in Montalcino (Stefano Cinelli Colombini)

The following op-ed appeared this week on Intravino, Italy’s most popular wine blog. Translation from the Italian by Montalcino Blog. Vinitaly (the annual Italian wine trade fair) is over and the dust has finally settled. We’re exhausted. But we’ve already returned to our little villages and have fallen back our routines. Wherever great wines are … Continue reading

Vigna del Fiore 2011: “So close to drinking perfectly but to tell you the truth, you don’t have to wait.”
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Vigna del Fiore 2011: “So close to drinking perfectly but to tell you the truth, you don’t have to wait.”

Another great write-up from one of the top tasters in North America, Michael Godel. We highly recommend his post, “Diversity in Brunello di Montalcino.” Above: The Fattoria dei Barbi’s “Vigna del Fiore,” described below in this excerpt from Michael’s excellent post. The Vigna del Fiore “vineyard of the flower” or maybe “flower garden vineyard” is … Continue reading

Top Canadian wine writer Michael Godel on Barbi 2013: “In a Brunello as here, as always, there is no speculation, only certainty…”
Accolades / Brunello di Montalcino

Top Canadian wine writer Michael Godel on Barbi 2013: “In a Brunello as here, as always, there is no speculation, only certainty…”

For any winemaker, it’s always a highly moving and rewarding experience to read notes on her/his wines by someone who “really gets it,” like Michael Godel, one of Canada’s leading authorities on Italian wine. Michael just got around to publishing his notes from the touring Benvenuto Brunello tasting last month. His superb post, Diversity in … Continue reading

“Character, finesse, and indeed a sense of place.” Montreal wine blogger Mandi Robertson on Fattoria dei Barbi.
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“Character, finesse, and indeed a sense of place.” Montreal wine blogger Mandi Robertson on Fattoria dei Barbi.

“I am in love with the wines of Frattoria dei Barbi,” wrote leading Canadian wine blogger Mandi Robertson last week, “because they represent purity and elegance with a slight rustic edge, having complexity and great maturity.” Click here for her profile of the winery and a complete review of the wines she tasted at Montreal’s … Continue reading