RECIPE: Grape Harvest Shortbread made with Sangiovese grapes from the 2017 vintage at Barbi.
food and wine / Harvest 2017 / Montalcino

RECIPE: Grape Harvest Shortbread made with Sangiovese grapes from the 2017 vintage at Barbi.

SCHIACCIATA CON L’UVA DEI BARBI Grape Harvest Shortbread made with Sangiovese grapes from the 2017 vintage at Barbi. By Taverna dei Barbi chef Lucia Megalli. Ingredients: 25 grams beer yeast 500 grams flour 300 grams water 200 grams sugar extra-virgin olive oil (preferably Tuscan) 1 kilogram Sangiovese grapes Dissolve the beer yeast in 100 ml … Continue reading

“We’ll never see such a strange vintage again.” Stefano on the bizarre 2017 harvest…
Harvest 2017

“We’ll never see such a strange vintage again.” Stefano on the bizarre 2017 harvest…

Harvest continues in Maremma on our Scansano estate. Everything was dry in 2017. The woods are brown (the trees are just resting, not dead!). There’s a drastic drop in production but the grapes are normal, although they are more concentrated in areas that are driest and with the highest amount of galestro. Only occasionally do … Continue reading

Brunello vintage 2017 update from Stefano: A very early and very strange vintage…
Harvest 2017 / Montalcino

Brunello vintage 2017 update from Stefano: A very early and very strange vintage…

Sangiovese at Fattoria dei Barbi, August 28, 2017: Brown seeds, solid and crunchy, sweet berries with richly colored must. The phenolic ripeness seems to be well developed and so do the sugars. But today is August 28. And looking back over two centuries of record-keeping, I have never seen a harvest quite like this. I … Continue reading

As harvest progresses in Maremma, the mystery of the vines thickens…
Harvest 2017

As harvest progresses in Maremma, the mystery of the vines thickens…

From winemaker Stefano Cinelli Colombini… The 2017 harvest at Fattoria dei Barbi in Scansano: In the three glasses in the photo above from left, you can see Merlot (1), Ciliegiolo and Alicante (2), and Cabernet (3). The berries have crunchy brown seeds, wild color, and high levels of polyphenols. Notice anything strange? Nothing at all, … Continue reading

Harvest has begun in Maremma…
Brunello di Montalcino / Harvest 2017 / Maremma / Morellino

Harvest has begun in Maremma…

Here’s a note on an unusual photo taken by Fattoria dei Barbi owner Stefano Cinelli Colombini last week when they began harvesting the red grapes on the Tuscan coast. It will still be a while for harvest to begin Montalcino. But picking isn’t far off… A highly unusual image from this year’s harvest (above). This … Continue reading