Happy new year! (And a tasting note by a favorite Roman taster)
Accolades / Brunello di Montalcino / Vigna del Fiore

Happy new year! (And a tasting note by a favorite Roman taster)

Happy 2018 everyone! We couldn’t think of a better way to start the year off than with a tasting note by one of our favorite tasters in Italy, Monica Coluccia, who lives and works in Rome. Over the holiday break, she posted a series of tasting notes (on her Facebook) for some extraordinary bottles of … Continue reading

Brunello di Montalcino: The Christmas gift that keeps on giving. Brunello’s longevity makes it ideal for gift season.
Accolades / Brunello di Montalcino

Brunello di Montalcino: The Christmas gift that keeps on giving. Brunello’s longevity makes it ideal for gift season.

Earlier this fall, I met Fattoria dei Barbi’s export director in New York where we tasted an extraordinary flight of the estate’s wines stretching back to 1957. Yes, 1957! The wines, which had come directly from the estate (and btw, older wines are available for purchase there), were astounding: Very fresh on the nose (just … Continue reading

For your holiday consideration: Kerin O’Keefe “editor’s pick” 2012 Brunello, 93 points
Accolades / Brunello di Montalcino

For your holiday consideration: Kerin O’Keefe “editor’s pick” 2012 Brunello, 93 points

Fattoria dei Barbi 2012 Brunello di Montalcino 93 points Earthy aromas suggesting leather, forest floor, tilled soil and dark spice take the lead in this Brunello, punctuated by a balsamic note. Firm and full-bodied, it delivers succulent Marasca cherry, star anise, mint and pipe tobacco, framed by tightly wound but refined tannins. Drink 2020–2032. Kerin … Continue reading

Monica Larner on Fiore: “A special single-vineyard expression that really delivers the goods.”
Accolades / Brunello di Montalcino / Vigna del Fiore

Monica Larner on Fiore: “A special single-vineyard expression that really delivers the goods.”

Fattoria dei Barbi 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Fiore 93+ points The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Fiore is a special single-vineyard expression that really delivers the goods. Only 3,900 bottles are made, whereas production numbers for the Brunello annata top 200,000. Both are priced the same. If you can get your hands … Continue reading

Brunello, the movie! Narrated by Stefano Cinelli Colombini (with English sub-titles)
Brunello di Montalcino / Cinelli Colombini / Montalcino / Montalcino History

Brunello, the movie! Narrated by Stefano Cinelli Colombini (with English sub-titles)

More than one Facebook user has asked about Fattoria dei Barbi’s new cover movie. It’s the trailer for a wonderful short film by London-based director Oliver Cooper, “Un Coro Unito” (“United in Song”), written and narrated by the estate’s owner and winemaker Stefano Cinelli Colombini. The film is embedded below in its entirety. Buona visione! … Continue reading

Gambero Rosso: “A rich history of taking chances and innovation” at Fattoria dei Barbi
Accolades / Brunello di Montalcino

Gambero Rosso: “A rich history of taking chances and innovation” at Fattoria dei Barbi

Here’s what the editors of the Gambero Rosso Guide to the wines of Italy 2018 had to say about the Fattoria dei Barbi: When you say Fattoria dei Barbi, you immediately think of one of the most regal traditions of Montalcino winemaking. But when you look more closely, you quickly realize there is a rich … Continue reading