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The Gift That Just Keeps Giving: Brunello’s remarkable longevity
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The Gift That Just Keeps Giving: Brunello’s remarkable longevity

Above: One of owner and winemaker Stefano Cinelli Colombini’s friends recently shared this photo with him. It’s a 1968 Brunello di Montalcino from Fattoria dei Barbi. Just look at the color of the wine! The friend’s tasting note: “Nothing better than Fattoria dei Barbi.” In New York last month, Stefano led a vertical tasting of … Continue reading

Old Vintage Topping Off Ceremony this weekend at Fattoria dei Barbi! Bring us your old bottles to be topped off and resealed!
Montalcino

Old Vintage Topping Off Ceremony this weekend at Fattoria dei Barbi! Bring us your old bottles to be topped off and resealed!

Those are Fattoria dei Barbi’s vineyards. It’s such a beautiful fall here that I just had to share this photo! You’ll see this same panorama if you join us here at the Fattoria dei Barbi for our “topping off” ceremony. It’s the day we take our clients’ bottles, top them off (with wine from the … Continue reading

Taste Fattoria dei Barbi this weekend in Siena at the “Sangiovese Thoroughbred” event
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Taste Fattoria dei Barbi this weekend in Siena at the “Sangiovese Thoroughbred” event

Fattoria dei Barbi is just one of the great expressions of Sangiovese that will be poured this weekend at the Sangiovese Purosangue (Sangiovese Thoroughbred) event. And on Saturday morning, Stefano will be giving a talk on “Montalcino before the advent of Brunello” (the same presentation he gave last week in Rome). Click here for schedule … Continue reading

Extreme weather plagues Montalcino and Tuscan coast
Montalcino

Extreme weather plagues Montalcino and Tuscan coast

“Violent thunderstorms,” wrote Elisabetta Povoledo for the New York Times this week, “small tornadoes that blew roofs off homes, and hurricane-force winds lashed Italy from Piedmont to Sicily early this week, leaving at least 11 people dead, many more injured and firefighters and other rescue workers scrambling to respond to emergency calls. Stefano posted this … Continue reading

“Montalcino is like tweed: Never in fashion but an eternal classic”: Stefano’s talk on “Montalcino before Brunello”
Montalcino History

“Montalcino is like tweed: Never in fashion but an eternal classic”: Stefano’s talk on “Montalcino before Brunello”

Above: The Brunello Museum on the Barbi estate in Montalcino. Stefano is an avid historian and curator of the museum’s collection. “Montalcino is like tweed,” said Francesca Colombini Cinelli in a preview of Stefano’s lecture tonight. “We’ve never been in fashion but an eternal classic.” Tonight in Rome, Stefano will be giving a talk on … Continue reading

“Wow!” Houston Chronicle on Vigna del Fiore 2012
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“Wow!” Houston Chronicle on Vigna del Fiore 2012

Here’s what veteran wine writer Dale Robertson (Houston Chronicle) had to say about the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Fiore, which he called a “Wow!” wine. Click here for his complete review. 2012 Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Fiore I often stumble into wines that seduce my taste buds but haven’t … Continue reading