Here’s what expert Italian taster and wine merchant Greg St. Clair had to say about the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino by Fattoria dei Barbi:
This wine is gorgeous, Fattoria dei Barbi is one of Montalcino’s classic wines, and for me it defines the “classic” style in Montalcino. The nose is full of a tight wild cherry, plumy swirl interspersed with leather, spice and Tuscan brush that is wildly attractive. On the palate the wine has a density, a smooth muscle power, supple, and where Barbi sometimes comes across a little gritty this vintage shows a bit of sweetness rounding off the edges. The flavors are stunning, so focused, saturated, and really show a great combination of place and vintage while being extraordinarily well balanced. The finish is long, alive and seems to lift in the back end regaling one with that ultra complex Sangiovese wild cherry spice that goes on and on. This wine is remarkably drinkable now yet will age easily up to 20 years from the vintage, I really love this wine.