Fattoria dei Barbi, Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2012

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  • Type:

    Red

  • Country:

    Italy

  • Region:

    Tuscany

  • Area:

    Montalcino

  • ABV:

    14.50%

  • Grape:

    Sangiovese

  • Grape Blend:

    Sangiovese 100%

  • Winemaker:

    Stefano Cinelli Colombini

  • Bottle Size:

    750ml

Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2012 - Wine

Tasting Notes

Brick red in colour with earthy brown edges. The nose is pronounced and complex, offering an entertaining array of red and black berry fruits, spices and oaky aromas. The palate is medium to full bodied with a richly complex middle and an everlasting, elegant finish. The tannic structure that dominated the wine in its youth is beginning to mellow and allow mature, secondary characteristics to show. A stunning wine with enormous appeal.

Production Notes

This Riserva of Brunello is made only in the best vintages from Barbis oldest vineyards in Montalcino. The ageing in barrel and in bottle is longer then the one for the normal Brunello, thus the wine has a deeper concentration and a wider complexity of aromas. Ageing is for four years in large Slovenian oak casks and matured in bottle for a further year before release.

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Producer Profile

Fattoria dei Barbi is among a prestigious group of estates that has played an integral part in writing the history of Italian wine. In fact, the estate is one of only five in Montalcino that have continuously operated for over 100 years. The Colombini family, one of region's most influential families, founded the estate in 1790. The family has owned land in Montalcino since 1352, first building the Poggio alle Mura estate (now Castello Banfi),then Argiano and finally they began assembling Fattoria dei Barbi in 1790, where they have produced wine ever since. The estate is currently owned and managed by the 20th generation heir, Stefano Cinelli Colombini, who carries on constantly seeking innovation through research and the application of new techniques. Along with the Biondi-Santi family, the Colombini family helped build the reputation of Brunello di Montalcino as a wine of great quality and prestige worldwide. Fattoria dei Barbi is among the original producers of Brunello di Montalcino with bottles dating back to the 1892 vintage in its cellar. The estate, whose name is derived from Barbo, a reference to the seashell fossils found throughout the vineyards, received top awards at exhibitions all over Europe since the first vintages and was the first to export Brunello to the USA (1962), followed by the UK (1972) and Japan (early 1980s). The Barbi Blue Label,created in 1958, is today one of the most widely recognized Brunello bottlings in the world and the first Brunello to be imported in the USA.