Brunello 2013, “a true growers’ vintage”: Critics rave about 2013 release from Montalcino
Montalcino / Vigna del Fiore

Brunello 2013, “a true growers’ vintage”: Critics rave about 2013 release from Montalcino

Just a day after the conclusion of Benvenuto Brunello — the annual grand tasting in Montalcino where producers feature new releases — top Italian wine critics are already publishing their glowing praise of the 2013 harvest. “A true growers’ vintage” is how top Tuscan sommelier, restaurateur, and wine writer Andrea Gori put it in a post for … Continue reading

Wine Enthusiast: 90+ point scores across the board for our new releases
Accolades / Montalcino / Vigna del Fiore

Wine Enthusiast: 90+ point scores across the board for our new releases

Above: Sangiovese in our Vigna del Fiore vineyard, our top cru. We are thrilled to share these scores, previews, from Wine Enthusiast, including 94 points for our 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Fiore. We don’t have the accompanying tasting notes yet but we will post them as soon as they are published (in the … Continue reading

James Suckling: 2013 Vigna del Fiore “great wine” 93 points
Montalcino / Vigna del Fiore

James Suckling: 2013 Vigna del Fiore “great wine” 93 points

Thrilled to share these recently published scores and tasting notes from one of the world’s top tasters of Tuscan wines, James Suckling. Fattoria dei Barbi 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Fiore 93 points A superb wine for the mellow and complex, concentrated palate, this has a very impressive dark-cherry and earthy core. Spiced leather … Continue reading

Governo method: How did it get its name?
Brusco dei Barbi / Vigna del Fiore

Governo method: How did it get its name?

Fattoria dei Barbi owner and winemaker Stefano Cinelli Colombini often speaks about how his father was among the first to use the so-called governo (or governo all’uso toscano) method outside of Chianti. Historically, the winery’s Brusco dei Barbi was made using this technique. It’s easy to find information, even in English, on the governo method … Continue reading

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

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

94 points Wine Spectator: 2012 Brunello Vigna del Fiore (for your holiday consideration)
Accolades / Vigna del Fiore

94 points Wine Spectator: 2012 Brunello Vigna del Fiore (for your holiday consideration)

Bruce Sanderson includes Fattoria dei Barbi among his “recommended Brunellos di Montalcino,” calling it one of the “top wines” from the 2012 vintage. Fattoria dei Barbi 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Fiore 94 points Exhibiting a fine blend of fruity and savory characteristics, this red evokes wild strawberry, cherry, juniper, leather, and iron notes. … Continue reading