Scores and tasting notes from top wine critics (for your holiday consideration)
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Scores and tasting notes from top wine critics (for your holiday consideration)

The following are just some of the scores and tasting notes published by leading wine critics in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Italy. Click here for the complete thread of our most recent accolades. Happy holidays, everyone! And happy holiday shopping! Suckling: “2015 a historical year for Montalcino,” 96 points for Barbi Brunello … Continue reading

Suckling: “2015 a historical year for Montalcino,” 96 points for Barbi Brunello Blue Label
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Suckling: “2015 a historical year for Montalcino,” 96 points for Barbi Brunello Blue Label

“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 … Continue reading

Monica Larner (Robert Parker): “Great straight out of the gate,” 92+ points for Barbi Brunello 2014
Accolades / Brunello di Montalcino

Monica Larner (Robert Parker): “Great straight out of the gate,” 92+ points for Barbi Brunello 2014

Fattoria dei Barbi 2014 Brunello di Montalcino 92+ points Fattoria dei Barbi’s 2014 Brunello di Montalcino marks an impressive effort in what was undoubtedly a difficult vintage. The experienced winemaking team at this historic estate has evidently made specific choices to uphold the quality of their Brunelllo despite the challenges of this wet and cold … Continue reading

Op-ed: Brunello can be “classic” but never “normal”
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Op-ed: Brunello can be “classic” but never “normal”

Our English-language blogger Jeremy Parzen proposes that blended, non-riserva Brunello should be referred to as “classic” instead of “normal.” Let’s just get this straight for once and for all: there’s nothing normale about Brunello di Montalcino. Nor is there anything normale about Barolo or Barbaresco. Ever since Italian wine began “trending” in the U.S. in … Continue reading

99 points for Fattoria dei Barbi 1975 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva, tasting note on Doctor Wine’s blog
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99 points for Fattoria dei Barbi 1975 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva, tasting note on Doctor Wine’s blog

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 … Continue reading