Montalcino subzones: Why certain estates were able to produce great wines in 2014
subzones / Vintage Notes

Montalcino subzones: Why certain estates were able to produce great wines in 2014

Anyone who follows Brunello di Montalcino closely will remember that 2014 was an extremely challenging vintage. As we begin to see reviews for the 2014 classic Brunello (just released) appearing online (like this one), we know that a lot of readers and tasters are asking themselves: How did Fattoria dei Barbi make such a good … Continue reading

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

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

Tasting old Brunello with Stefano: Vintage notes for 57, 65, 77, 82, 95, 08.
Brunello di Montalcino / Vintage Notes

Tasting old Brunello with Stefano: Vintage notes for 57, 65, 77, 82, 95, 08.

Every year, Stefano hosts some of Italy’s leading wine writers to taste through old vintages of Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino. Here are his vintage notes from the bottles he pulled from the Barbi cellar for the occasion. 1957 – A year characterized by a heavy freeze in May. The effect in Montalcino was … Continue reading