We were thrilled to learn that Ray Isle (above), executive wine editor for Food & Wine magazine, named our 2008 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva one of his “top ten wines for 2015.”
Here’s what Ray, one of the top tasters in the U.S. today and one of our favorite wine writers, had to say about the wine, which “blew him away”:
2008 Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
One of the three producers that pioneered production of Brunello di Montalcino at the start of the 1800s, Barbi’s wines are always impressive—intense but subtle at the same time. I loved the estate’s 2010 Brunello (their “basic” bottling, if you call it that), but the 2008 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva blew me away. From a dry, cool year, it has beautiful floral notes on the nose, then dark berry, peppercorn and minty herb flavors; wonderful now, it’s only going to get better with time.