Leading wine critic Michael Godel: “Barbi is a best of both worlds Brunello for both consumer and collector”
Montalcino / Vigna del Fiore

Leading wine critic Michael Godel: “Barbi is a best of both worlds Brunello for both consumer and collector”

The following is leading Canadian wine critic Michael Godel’s (recently published) tasting note on the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Fiore, which he tasted earlier this year. You can read all of Michael’s notes from the 2017 Benvenuto Brunello tasting here, including notes on a number of Barbi’s current releases. Fattoria dei Barbi 2012 … Continue reading

The best wine pairing for steak? Sangiovese, of course, as any Tuscan will tell you!
Montalcino / Vigna del Fiore

The best wine pairing for steak? Sangiovese, of course, as any Tuscan will tell you!

Tuscany has always had some of the greatest beef in the world. A lot of people don’t realize that, historically, much of the region has been devoted to pasture-based ranching. Especially as you move toward the coast, you move into Tuscan cowboy country. Tuscany is renowned for its Chianina breed of cattle, one of the … Continue reading

Stefano’s vintage notes for Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Fiore: 2011, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
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Stefano’s vintage notes for Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Fiore: 2011, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004

Notes on recent releases of Fattoria dei Barbi’s Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Fiore by Stefano Cinelli Colombini. The wine: The Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Fiore comes from one of the southernmost slopes of Montalcino, a parcel where my family has paid taxes on the vines for more than four centuries. The soil is … Continue reading

Father’s Day wines: What better way to say “Happy Father’s Day” than Brunello?
Brunello di Montalcino / Vigna del Fiore

Father’s Day wines: What better way to say “Happy Father’s Day” than Brunello?

Sunday, June 18 is Father’s Day in America. And across the great expanse of the United States, children — young and old — will be giving their fathers Father’s Day gifts. Ties, cufflinks, power tools, and tool kits… and maybe even a new grill to be christened on the day of the holiday. These are … Continue reading

Bruce Sanderson (Wine Spectator) recommends 2012 Brunello Vigna del Fiore as “top Brunello” (94 points)
Montalcino / Vigna del Fiore

Bruce Sanderson (Wine Spectator) recommends 2012 Brunello Vigna del Fiore as “top Brunello” (94 points)

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 2012 94 points Exhibiting a fine blend of fruity and savory characteristics, this red evokes wild strawberry, cherry, juniper, leather, and iron … Continue reading

Barbi Morellino di Scansano: Comfort food in a glass…
Maremma / Montalcino / Morellino / Vigna del Fiore

Barbi Morellino di Scansano: Comfort food in a glass…

It was just another humdrum Thursday night in Houston this week when I decided to make a simple dinner of pan-fired steak, white rice dressed with Parmigiano Reggiano and extra-virgin olive oil, and a red leaf lettuce salad tossed with extra-virgin olive and red wine vinegar. At our house, it’s what you would call comfort … Continue reading