Saul Bellow in Tuscany (at Fattoria dei Barbi) and a “desire for the Brunello wine”
Accolades / Brunello di Montalcino / Montalcino

Saul Bellow in Tuscany (at Fattoria dei Barbi) and a “desire for the Brunello wine”

Many are familiar with the famous quote from Saul Bellow, “You can never lose your desire for the Brunello wine. Your susceptibility returns at the same rate as the glass fills.” But few remember where it comes from or why he wrote those lines (and sadly, too many quote it incorrectly, translating it back to … 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

Decanter: “Highly recommended” Barbi 2017 Rosso di Montalcino
Accolades / Rosso di Montalcino

Decanter: “Highly recommended” Barbi 2017 Rosso di Montalcino

The Fattoria dei Barbi 2017 Rosso di Montalcino was tasted blind earlier this year by a top panel of Decanter magazine reviewers, including a Master Sommelier, a Master of Wine, and one of Italy’s top wine writers. Here are their notes and scores. Delicate nose of dried flowers with leafy, peppery notes. Ripe, chalky tannins … Continue reading

Bruce Sanderson tastes 2008 Vigna del Fiore, one of the vintage’s “top wines”
Accolades / Brunello di Montalcino / Vigna del Fiore

Bruce Sanderson tastes 2008 Vigna del Fiore, one of the vintage’s “top wines”

Above: The Vigna del Fiore vineyard, one of Montalcino’s southernmost crus. Last year, Wine Spectator senior editor Bruce Sanderson “had the opportunity to sit down with 11 producers from Tuscany to revisit the 2008 Brunello di Montalcino vintage at age 10,” including Fattoria dei Barbi’s Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Fiore (95 points Wine Spectator). … Continue reading