Above: The Vigna del Fiore vineyard, one of Montalcino’s southernmost crus.
Last year, Wine Spectator senior editor Bruce Sanderson “had the opportunity to sit down with 11 producers from Tuscany to revisit the 2008 Brunello di Montalcino vintage at age 10,” including Fattoria dei Barbi’s Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Fiore (95 points Wine Spectator).
Of these “top wines” from the vintage, he called the Vigna del Fiore one of his “two favorites”: “The Barbi Vigna del Fiore features a perfumed bouquet of truffle, woods and sweet cherry and berry fruit matched to an elegant profile with intensity and fine length.”
The wines were featured in Bruce’s “Ready to Drink” column for the masthead.
“For Stefano Colombini at Fattoria dei Barbi,” he writes, “2008 had perfect ripeness, a year without extreme heat resulting in well-balanced wines. ‘[The different] zones were important, but the human factor more important. In fact, it was crucial in ’08,’ he said. ‘You could have a good Brunello at end of September, but if you waited, you could have something more.'”