Last week, one of Italy’s greatest wine writers, Daniele Cernilli, shared the following tasting note on his blog Doctor Wine.
It was authored by noted Pugliese restaurateur Luciano Lombardi, a good friend of Daniele, who had invited Luciano, together with his wife, to join him and his wife for lunch at Daniele’s parents’ house.
For the occasion, Daniele had brought a bottle of Fattoria dei Barbi 1975 Brunello di Montalcino that had been given to him in 1987 by the estate when he was awarded the Barbi Colombini Prize for having published the inaugural edition of the Gambero Rosso Guide to the Wines of Italy.
Here’s Luciano’s tasting note (translation by the Fattoria dei Barbi blog).
Fattoria dei Barbi 1975 Brunello di Montalcino
Bottle with a slightly low level but definitely above the shoulder. The cork started to break apart when the bottle was opened but it clearly had preserved the wine well. Very classic color with slightly orange edges but not excessively so. At first the wine showed a clean note of goudron on the nose, which then dissolved giving way to fruit, spices, and dark flowers like violet. Balsamic notes appeared at the end. On the palate, the wine was alive, taut, and fresh, with tannins that were as silky as they were elegant. Layers of flavors that all lingered in the mouth. A bottle with truly incredible flavor.