We are thrilled to share this review and tasting note from one of our favorite American wine writers, Pat Thomson (above). It appears in the current issue of Tastes of Italy.
Want a Brunello with pedigree? How about one that’s been around since 1892, made by an illustrious titled family? That’d be Fattoria dei Barbi’s Brunello di Montalcino. Active in Siena since the last millennium and landholders in Montalcino since 1352, the noble Colombini family acquired this farm (fattoria) in 1790. Today Stefano Cinelli Colombini carries on. Like Montalcino’s most historic wineries, it’s located in Brunello’s original growing area: towards the top of the denomination’s towering 1850′ hill and on its oldest soil, a nonfertile mix of stone and lime that’s ideal for restraining sangiovese’s natural vigor. The winery’s flagship blue-label Brunello comes from a selection of grapes that undergo two days of cold maceration to coax out aromas and color. A short passage through small and medium oak follows, then three years of aging in large casks. The result is a classic Brunello defined by suppleness and balance, plus all those luscious notes of cherry/berry, savory herb, and forest floor that Brunello lovers crave.
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