Fattoria dei Barbi 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Fattoria dei Barbi strikes a terrific balance between elegance and sheer muscle in the 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva. This Riserva is distinguished by dark fruit and savory tones of toasted clove, cedar, campfire ash, leather, tobacco and smoked bacon. Those smoky flavors are expertly woven into the thick fiber of this well-structured wine. They may not appeal to everyone, and indeed this wine offers a higher level of aromatic intensity compared to many of its peers, but I quite like it. Some winter nights call for a robust Brunello to pair with grilled meat cooked over an open flame as snowflakes fall gently outside. This wine completes that pretty picture.
Fattoria dei Bari is expanding its overall vineyard footprint with the acquisition of an additional 6.5 hectares in Montalcino and 12.5 hectares in Maremma. Last year, the first Maremma Toscana DOC wine was released. It is a blend of 50% Sangiovese with smaller parts Alicante, Petit Verdot, Ciliegiolo, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. In other news, I know that Fattoria dei Barbi is organizing a full Brunello retrospective. When it happens, I look forward to presenting my impressions here. Please stay tuned.