Accolades / Brunello di Montalcino

Happy new year! (And a tasting note by a favorite Roman taster)

Happy 2018 everyone!

We couldn’t think of a better way to start the year off than with a tasting note by one of our favorite tasters in Italy, Monica Coluccia, who lives and works in Rome.

Over the holiday break, she posted a series of tasting notes (on her Facebook) for some extraordinary bottles of Burgundy, Chianti, Barolo, and a 2007 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna di Fiore from Fattoria dei Barbi.

Here’s the note. Thank you, Monica! We hope to see you soon and to get taste some Sangiovese with you! Happy 2018!

Fattoria dei Barbi 2007 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Fiore 2007

A nose reminiscent of [Barolo cru] Monvigliero, in other words, Mediterranean maquis, black olives, and fresh aromatic herbs. They are brought back down to earth with irresistible notes of cherry tomato preserves and oregano (a world heritage pizza!). In the mouth, the Sangiovese was precise and you could taste the depth of classic Montalcino here, not to be confused with the more tentative 2009 and 2011 vintages. A truly grand showing for a 2007, especially when you compare to fellow even-numbered vintages that have already lost their life or have turned sweet.

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