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

Montalcino travel tips: Useful information for your summer visit to Tuscan wine country
Brunello di Montalcino / food and wine / Montalcino / Taste Eat Visit Montalcino

Montalcino travel tips: Useful information for your summer visit to Tuscan wine country

The summer is here and a lot of you are planning your trips to Tuscany and, in particular, to Montalcino, the land of Brunello, where you will enjoy some of the greatest wine and food tourism in the world. Here are some basic tips (based mostly on questions that we get asked at this time … 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

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

“Gorgeous… I really love this wine.” Checking in with 2012 classic Brunello.
Accolades / Brunello di Montalcino

“Gorgeous… I really love this wine.” Checking in with 2012 classic Brunello.

Here’s what expert Italian taster and wine merchant Greg St. Clair had to say about the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino by Fattoria dei Barbi: This wine is gorgeous, Fattoria dei Barbi is one of Montalcino’s classic wines, and for me it defines the “classic” style in Montalcino. The nose is full of a tight wild … Continue reading

Ernesto Gentili, one of Italy’s most acclaimed wine writers, re-tastes Vigna del Fiore 2013
Accolades / Brunello di Montalcino / Vigna del Fiore

Ernesto Gentili, one of Italy’s most acclaimed wine writers, re-tastes Vigna del Fiore 2013

Decanter magazine has called Ernesto Gentili “one of Italy’s most influential wine writers.” You may remember that Ernest Gentili, one of Italy’s most respected wine writers, published this tasting note on Fattoria dei Barbi’s 2013 single-vineyard Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Fiore, which he tasted at last year’s Benvenuto Brunello (the annual debut tasting of … Continue reading

Monica Larner (Robert Parker): “Terrific balance between elegance and sheer muscle,” 95 points for Barbi 2013 Riserva
Accolades / Brunello di Montalcino

Monica Larner (Robert Parker): “Terrific balance between elegance and sheer muscle,” 95 points for Barbi 2013 Riserva

Fattoria dei Barbi 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 95 points Fattoria dei Barbi strikes a terrific balance between elegance and sheer muscle in the 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva. This Riserva is distinguished by dark fruit and savory tones of toasted clove, cedar, campfire ash, leather, tobacco and smoked bacon. Those smoky flavors are expertly … Continue reading

Brunello 2013: “A perfect balance of earth, spice and minerality…”
Accolades / Brunello di Montalcino

Brunello 2013: “A perfect balance of earth, spice and minerality…”

Brunello di Montalcino 2013 represents “a perfect balance of earth, spice and minerality,” writes Eric Guido, wine buyer for Morrell & Company (New York) and one of the top Italian tasters in the U.S. today (click here for his tasting notes). Critics across the board have been blown away by this vintage, which is currently … Continue reading

“A wall of sound”: Top Italian taster Emanuele Giannone on Barbi’s 2006 Brunello Riserva
Accolades / Brunello di Montalcino

“A wall of sound”: Top Italian taster Emanuele Giannone on Barbi’s 2006 Brunello Riserva

Emanuele Giannone is widely considered to be one of the top tasters working in Italy today. Beyond his prolific production of tasting notes and wine writing, he also teaches aesthetics of wine at the Slow Food University of Gastronomic Sciences in Piedmont. Here’s what he had to say about the 2006 Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello … Continue reading