“One of the best wines” from a challenging vintage. Barbi’s 2014 Brunello impresses tasters across the board
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“One of the best wines” from a challenging vintage. Barbi’s 2014 Brunello impresses tasters across the board

We were thrilled to read this tasting note by one of our favorite Italian tasters, Federico Bindi. It was part of his round-up from Benvenuto Brunello (the annual tasting of new releases in Montalcino) on his excellent blog Taccuindivino. [Fattoria dei Barbi] Brunello di Montalcino 2014: A multi-faceted wine, great old school style, substance and … Continue reading

Is Tuscan cuisine just bruschetta and tagliata?
food and wine / Taste Eat Visit Montalcino / Tuscan cuisine

Is Tuscan cuisine just bruschetta and tagliata?

I just read a comment from a guest at the Taverna dei Barbi [the Fattoria dei Barbi’s restaurant] and I’ve now discovered that the dishes we serve from the 1892 cookbook by my great-grandmother Elina Colombini are actually “nouvelle cuisine.” I couldn’t help but be taken aback but unfortunately I think I understand what the … Continue reading

“Excellent balance”: Ian D’Agata (Vinous) awards 91+ points for Barbi Brunello Riserva 2013
Accolades / Brunello di Montalcino

“Excellent balance”: Ian D’Agata (Vinous) awards 91+ points for Barbi Brunello Riserva 2013

Fattoria dei Barbi 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 91+ points Bright ruby-red. Perfumed violet lift to the aromas of raspberry, leather, wet stones and licorice. Then intensely flavored (dark berries, smoke, minerals and spices) offering excellent balance of sweetness and acidity but finishes with substantial tongue-coating tannins, an austere mouthfeel and noteworthy length. This wine … Continue reading

“Classy Brunello” with “outstanding balance”: 91 points for Barbi 2014 Brunello from Ian D’Agata (Vinous)
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“Classy Brunello” with “outstanding balance”: 91 points for Barbi 2014 Brunello from Ian D’Agata (Vinous)

Fattoria dei Barbi 2014 Brunello di Montalcino 91 points Bright red. Sour red cherry, violet and licorice on the subtle, complex nose. Suave and fine-grained, with pure red berry flavors communicating a restrained sweetness and an underlying mineral bent. Finishes perfumed and long, with smooth, tannins and lovely lift and length. A classy Brunello of … Continue reading

Montalcino subzones: Why certain estates were able to produce great wines in 2014
subzones / Vintage Notes

Montalcino subzones: Why certain estates were able to produce great wines in 2014

Anyone who follows Brunello di Montalcino closely will remember that 2014 was an extremely challenging vintage. As we begin to see reviews for the 2014 classic Brunello (just released) appearing online (like this one), we know that a lot of readers and tasters are asking themselves: How did Fattoria dei Barbi make such a good … Continue reading

This wine “translates to grace.” A favorite Canadian writer on Barbi 2014 Brunello
Accolades / Brunello di Montalcino

This wine “translates to grace.” A favorite Canadian writer on Barbi 2014 Brunello

Here’s what Michael Godel, one of our favorite Canadian wine writers and Italian experts, had to say about the 2014 Brunello di Montalcino (classic, blue label) by Fattoria dei Barbi. The notes come from his tasting at Benvenuto Brunello in Montalcino in February of this year. The difficult vintages separate the adulte from the bambine … Continue reading