Here’s what Wine Advocate Italian wine reviewer Monica Larner had to say about Fattoria dei Barbi’s current releases in the March issue of the magazine.
You have to be a subscriber to read it, but we highly recommend her profile of the appellation, “Brunello di Montalcino – A Year in the Life.” It’s as insightful as it is entertaining and she really gives you a sense of what it’s like to do her job — despite the challenges it poses when working in Montalcino. A great read.
Fattoria dei Barbi 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Fattoria dei Barbi has created a lovely Riserva. The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva exhibits power and grace. The quality of the fruit is evident and the bouquet opens to dark cherry, pressed rose, cola, balsam herb and spicy tobacco. Those aromas faithfully underline the best qualities to be found in aged Sangiovese. At the back, the wine shows firm, but finely textured tannins and a bright vein of crisp acidity.
Fattoria dei Barbi 2011 Brunello di Montalcino
The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is a steady and pleasing effort that shows dark fruit layers packed tight with spice and tobacco. Like many of the wines this vintage, Fattoria dei Barbi’s newest release is immediate and approachable. You can drink it now or wait a few years longer. It tastes just great now with soft fruit layers and generous servings of black cherry and plum. It shows a dense texture with sweet tannins on the close.