Wine Spectator features Stefano Cinelli Colombini and 2008 Vigna del Fiore
Accolades / Brunello di Montalcino

Wine Spectator features Stefano Cinelli Colombini and 2008 Vigna del Fiore

“For Stefano Colombini at Fattoria dei Barbi,” writes Wine Spectator senior editor Bruce Sanderson this week, “2008 had perfect ripeness, a year without extreme heat resulting in well-balanced wines.” “‘[The different] zones were important, but the human factor more important. In fact, it was crucial in ’08,’ he said. ‘You could have a good Brunello … Continue reading

“You can keep your radishes. I’ll take the Brunello instead.” Culture, history, and tradition in Montalcino (Stefano Cinelli Colombini)
Brunello di Montalcino / Montalcino History / Stefano Cinelli Colombini

“You can keep your radishes. I’ll take the Brunello instead.” Culture, history, and tradition in Montalcino (Stefano Cinelli Colombini)

The following op-ed appeared this week on Intravino, Italy’s most popular wine blog. Translation from the Italian by Montalcino Blog. Vinitaly (the annual Italian wine trade fair) is over and the dust has finally settled. We’re exhausted. But we’ve already returned to our little villages and have fallen back our routines. Wherever great wines are … Continue reading

Top Canadian wine writer Michael Godel on Barbi 2013: “In a Brunello as here, as always, there is no speculation, only certainty…”
Accolades / Brunello di Montalcino

Top Canadian wine writer Michael Godel on Barbi 2013: “In a Brunello as here, as always, there is no speculation, only certainty…”

For any winemaker, it’s always a highly moving and rewarding experience to read notes on her/his wines by someone who “really gets it,” like Michael Godel, one of Canada’s leading authorities on Italian wine. Michael just got around to publishing his notes from the touring Benvenuto Brunello tasting last month. His superb post, Diversity in … Continue reading

Dog bites Brunello: rare Japanese dog reviews Fattoria dei Barbi 2011, awards “4 out of 5” bones.
Accolades / Brunello di Montalcino

Dog bites Brunello: rare Japanese dog reviews Fattoria dei Barbi 2011, awards “4 out of 5” bones.

There’s a first for everything. Man bites dog. Dog bites Brunello… We were pleased to discover Shiba Sommelier’s blog and review of our 2011 Brunello di Montalcino. Shiba Sommelier (above, with Easter Bunny) is a Shiba Inu who lives — we believe but are not certain — in Park Slope, Brooklyn (we speculate Brooklyn because there … Continue reading

Kerin O’Keefe: 94 points for Fiore 2013, “The polished full-bodied palate doles out crushed raspberry, Morello cherry and star anise…”
Accolades / Brunello di Montalcino / Vigna del Fiore

Kerin O’Keefe: 94 points for Fiore 2013, “The polished full-bodied palate doles out crushed raspberry, Morello cherry and star anise…”

Above: Sangiovese in our Vigna del Fiore vineyard, our top cru. Wine Enthusiast senior editor Kerin O’Keefe’s scores and tasting notes for the 2018 releases from Fattoria dei Barbi are out! Thank you, Kerin! Fattoria dei Barbi 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Fiore 94 points Aromas of wild berry, leather, rose and tobacco leaf … Continue reading

Taste 2011 Vigna del Fiore in April at Wine Spectator’s GRAND TOUR (Washington D.C.,  New York, Las Vegas)
Accolades / Brunello di Montalcino / Vigna del Fiore

Taste 2011 Vigna del Fiore in April at Wine Spectator’s GRAND TOUR (Washington D.C., New York, Las Vegas)

We poured our 2013 Brunello Vigna del Fiore this year at Benvenuto Brunello in Italy and North America. It’s the newest release from this historic vineyard in southern Montalcino. But you’ll still find the 2011 on many wine lists and in many wine shops across the U.S. (The 2013 hasn’t shipped yet while the 2011 … Continue reading