“Having a history worthy of a novel,” writes leading American wine blogger Cara Rutherford this week on her highly popular wine blog CaraVino, “the noble Colombini family traces its beginnings back to the beginning of 1000, when they were active in the Sienese government. In 1352, the family acquired its first estates in Montalcino. From saints [yes, they have 2 in the family] and poets, to soldiers and scientists, the Colombinis represent the heart and soul of Toscana.”
Last week, Cara, together with a select group of New York-based wine writers and trade members, attended an extraordinary vertical tasting of Fattoria dei Barbi stretching from current releases back to 1971.
The tasting was led by Fattoria dei Barbi export director Raffaella Federzoni who was in New York to meet with the estate’s American importer.
On the 1971, she writes: “A graceful symphony of wildflowers, bramble, wild berry pie, summer woods, peppery spice, silky tannins and a wisp of smoke. Elderflower and raspberry liqueurs pour over the velvety finish. Complex, esoteric, enigmatic, spectacular.”
Image via CaraVino.