Do subzones work in Montalcino? Stefano responds to a reader.
Montalcino

Do subzones work in Montalcino? Stefano responds to a reader.

There was a lot of response to yesterday’s post “Subzoning doesn’t work in Montalcino. Here’s why” by Fattoria dei Barbi owner and winemaker Stefano Cinelli Colombini. One reader, Andrea Fassone, a leading east-coast importer of Italian wines in the U.S., responded with this comment: Why did they map Barolo and Barbaresco then? you have different … Continue reading

Subzoning doesn’t work in Montalcino. Here’s why.
Montalcino

Subzoning doesn’t work in Montalcino. Here’s why.

You can see Sangiovese’s gold across all of Montalcino! In the background in the photo, you can also see another vineyard that’s located at the same elevation. But the color is different. According to fanciful subzone-lovers, who are armed with their little multi-colored maps and their written-in-stone certitudes, it’s the same subzone. But according to … Continue reading

“A Montalcino education begins with this man, Stefano Cinelli Colombini at Fattoria Dei Barbi.”
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“A Montalcino education begins with this man, Stefano Cinelli Colombini at Fattoria Dei Barbi.”

Leading Canadian wine writer Michael Godel (above) visited Fattoria dei Barbi earlier this month and tasted with owner and winemaker Stefano Cinelli Colombini. He was traveling through Tuscany with American sommelier and television personality Jeff Porter. The two were there filming an episode for Jeff’s Sip Trip, his video series devoted to the wines and … Continue reading

Elin McCoy’s 2019 harvest report for Bloomberg, including notes from Stefano Cinelli Colombini
Harvest 2019 / Montalcino

Elin McCoy’s 2019 harvest report for Bloomberg, including notes from Stefano Cinelli Colombini

Above: Montalcino in late September, a few weeks before the Brunello harvest begin. Photo by Stefano Cinelli Colombini. “Despite extreme weather,” writes leading American wine critic Elin McCoy for Bloomberg, “2019 is a ‘perfect storm’ vintage for wine.” Click here to read her 2019 vintage report for Bloomberg, including notes from Stefano Cinelli Colombini on … Continue reading