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Who was Brusco and why is a wine named after him?

brusco bruscone barbi

Here’s a short note by winemaker Stefano Cinelli Colombini (translated by our blogmaster) on the origins of the wine known as Brusco dei Barbi (the Barbi’s Brusco). The painting above, which is found in the Fattoria dei Barbi cellar, depicts Bruscone’s life. The wine itself is made mostly from Sangiovese with the addition of some international grape varieties. It is meant to be drunk young and fresh, an easy-going table wine that pairs well with a wide variety of dishes. For linguist buffs, “bruscone” is an augmentative form of “brusco” which means literally “brusque” or “the brusque one” (the suffix -one in Italian increases in force the meaning of a word).

Brusco dei Barbi is dedicated to Bruscone, the last of the Tuscan outlaws. He received a pardon after he apprehended Baicche, the notorious assassin, whom he caught with his lover.

Bruscone became the game warden of the Barbi estate and a lifelong mentor to many members of the Colombini family. Just like the wine, he was a strapping and charismatic man. He died at age 85, at which time he was given the first bath of his life by a charitable lady.

Stefano Cinelli Colombini

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