Last week, we couldn’t resist recommending our Rosso di Montalcino to you for Thanksgiving. In so many ways, Rosso di Montalcino is the ideal pairing for the Thanksgiving feast. But that doesn’t mean that we want to stop you from serving one of our top wines at your holiday gatherings this year. Here’s a note on the estate’s top bottling, the single-vineyard reserve Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Fiore, for your Thanksgiving consideration…
Fattoria dei Barbi’s single-vineyard reserve Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Fiore was first bottled to celebrate Francesca Cinelli-Colombini’s 50th birthday. The favorable reaction from the specialized press subsequently convinced her to sell small amounts of this coveted wine.
The Vigna del Fiore (literally, the “vineyard of the flower” or perhaps better rendered, “flower garden vineyard”) is a unique parcel in Montalcino: 5.7 hectares of stony soil located in an area where grapes have been grown since the 1500s; one of Brunello di Montalcino’s most southern vineyards and one of its most ancient. With unusual exposition (south-southwest), high altitude (roughly 350 a.s.l.), and the soil composition (well draining subsoils with a concentration of galestro and alberese in the highest part of the vineyard) make it an ideal location for creating a Brunello truly unique in character.
These conditions practically guarantee ideal ripening of the grapes, both technically and phonologically, thanks also to the exceptional exposure to the sun and the ventilation found in this vineyard which lies on the top of a hill that descends toward the Asso and Orcia rivers and faces Mt. Amiata.
The hill is a natural corridor between Montalcino and Mt. Amiata and it connects the Crete Senesi in the Val d’Orcia and the basin of the Ombrone valley as you head to the sea.
The superb quality of this wine is expressed by the elegance and refined character of its aromas and the complexity of its flavors.
Fattoria dei Barbi’s Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Fiore has been produced since 1981 and it’s a wine with remarkable aging potential. But, thanks to its balance and early approachability, it can also be enjoyed on release.
For the second year in a row, the Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Fiore has obtained the highest ranking from the editors of the Bibenda guide to the wines of Italy, the Five Bunches Award.