“The 2015 vintage is a historical year for Brunello di Montalcino that nobody should miss,” wrote leading Italian wine critic James Suckling in his online newsletter earlier this year.
“The wines show impressive precision of vivid fruit, fine tannins and freshness in acidity despite their ripeness and richness which makes them some of the most exciting in years. Winemakers in Montalcino were never better prepared to produce outstanding wines in a year like 2015 with their exactness in their vineyards and cellars from fine-tuned canopy management and crop thinning to optical sorting and soft fermentations. So many wine producers in Montalcino made excellent wines in 2015.”
Here’s what Suckling, one of the world’s greatest authorities on Tuscan wine, with decades of tasting experience, had to say about Fattoria dei Barbi’s efforts in the 2015 vintage.
Fattoria dei Barbi 2015 Brunello di Montalcino (blue label)
Ripe plum and cherry aromas with dried flowers and spices. Some lavender and cedar, too. Full bodied, tight and chewy. Needs time to soften and come together. Better after 2022.
Fattoria dei Barbi 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Fiore
This is a very transparent and beautiful Brunello with black cherries and dark mushrooms on the nose and palate. Full body, round and juicy tannins that turn firm and lightly chewy at the end of the palate. Tight still. Give this two or three years to come together. Better after 2021.
Top image via the James Suckling Facebook.