Fresh off the presses from Wine Spectator’s senior editor for Italy, Bruce Sanderson:
Fattoria dei Barbi 2013 Brunello di Montalcino
A supple texture and round profile wraps around the cherry, leather and spice flavors here. Firms up, turning more chewy by the finish, exhibiting a salty, minerally finish.
Here are Stefano’s notes on the 2013 vintage in Montalcino (click link for complete notes):
The winter was very humid and rainy, with relatively mild temperatures for the season.
These conditions continued into the spring but they alternated with days marked by nearly summertime temperatures, which helped the vegetative development of the vines.
The first part of the summer was cool and wet while the second part saw temperatures return to normal.
The end of the summer and the beginning of the fall were marked by warm temperatures. But short spurts of rainfall cooled thing off and this resulted in excellent diurnal shifts.
The combination of these elements allowed the vines to develop their vegetation in ideal conditions for the ripening of the grapes.