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Monica Larner on 15 Brunello: “Picture perfect,” 95 points for Vigna del Fiore
Accolades / Brunello di Montalcino / Vigna del Fiore

Monica Larner on 15 Brunello: “Picture perfect,” 95 points for Vigna del Fiore

Fattoria dei Barbi 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Fiore 95 points The Fattoria dei Barbi 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Fiore unfolds slowly to reveal a tight core of wild berry aromas, balsam herb and light touches of smoke and spice. This is a medium-weight expression that offers the carefully measured acidity and … Continue reading

Saul Bellow in Tuscany (at Fattoria dei Barbi) and a “desire for the Brunello wine”
Accolades / Brunello di Montalcino / Montalcino

Saul Bellow in Tuscany (at Fattoria dei Barbi) and a “desire for the Brunello wine”

Many are familiar with the famous quote from Saul Bellow, “You can never lose your desire for the Brunello wine. Your susceptibility returns at the same rate as the glass fills.” But few remember where it comes from or why he wrote those lines (and sadly, too many quote it incorrectly, translating it back to … Continue reading

Michael Godel: “All visits to Montalcino should conclude at La Fattoria dei Barbi.”
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Michael Godel: “All visits to Montalcino should conclude at La Fattoria dei Barbi.”

“All visits to Montalcino should conclude at La Fattoria dei Barbi,” writes Michael Godel (above), leading Canadian wine writer and taste-maker. “Barbi has been owned by the Cinellí Colombini family in Montalcino since 1352. The property extends over 350 hectares (865 acres) of fields and vineyards in southern Tuscany, in Montalcino, Scansano and Chianti. Production … Continue reading

U.S. friends: Please voice your concerns about pending wine tariffs by writing to your representatives
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U.S. friends: Please voice your concerns about pending wine tariffs by writing to your representatives

American friends and wine lovers, As you are probably already aware, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is currently considering the implementation of 100 percent tariffs on wines produced in the European Union, including Italian wines. Using the first two links below, you can writes to your representatives in congress expressing your concern (it takes just … Continue reading

Scores and tasting notes from top wine critics (for your holiday consideration)
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Scores and tasting notes from top wine critics (for your holiday consideration)

The following are just some of the scores and tasting notes published by leading wine critics in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Italy. Click here for the complete thread of our most recent accolades. Happy holidays, everyone! And happy holiday shopping! Suckling: “2015 a historical year for Montalcino,” 96 points for Barbi Brunello … Continue reading