Fattoria dei Barbi 2013, Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
Varietal: 100% Sangiovese
Appellation: Brunello di Montalcino
Drinking Window: 2018-2032
Alcohol Content: 14.5% Vol
Scores (if you care about):Antonio Galloni/Vinous: 92/100
Wine Spectator: 92/100; James Suckling: 91/100; Robertparker.com: 93/100
Wine Enthusiast: 91/100
"Bright red. Expressive aromas of red currant, licorice, flowers and tar. Floral, bright and subtle, with blood orange and red fruit flavors framed by harmonious acidity. Finishes suave, dry, and long. Lovely, elegant, old-style Brunello that will prove very food-flexible." 92/100, Ian D'Agata, Vinous, Apr 2018
"A supple texture and round profile wraps around the cherry, leather and spice flavors here. Firms up, turning more chewy by the finish, exhibiting a salty, minerally finish. Best from 2021 through 2035." 92/100, Wine Spectator, June 2018
How often do we come across families which can trace history and lineage back for over 7 centuries? Colombini family that runs Fattoria dei Barbi is one such family. The second oldest estate in Montalcino, it's pioneer non pareil. The estate extends over 306 hectares (around 757 acres) at Montalcino and Scansano. Stefano Cinelli Colombini, heir of the ancient Sienese line that has been present in Montalcino since 1352, runs this family property. Stefano and Fattoria Dei Barbi have also been key contributors in helping Montalcino develop into the current attraction to the outside world.
The Fattoria has always been a careful custodian of tradition, but also attentive to innovation and a pioneer in every sphere of winemaking. It was the first firm in Montalcino to export bottled wine to France (1817), the first to sell Brunello by mail order (1832), the first to export it to America (1962), England (1969) and Japan (1975). In the 1960s the estate was a pioneer in using organic fertilizers, in the 1990s it created the first “artificial nose” for analyzing wine, and in 2000 was one of the first to use carbon dioxide for cold fermentation of red wines.
The 66 hectares of the farm have an average density of about 5,000 vines and produce on the average less than 1.5 kg of grapes per vine; thus each vine produces only a little more than one bottle of wine. The philosophy of the Colombini family and the Fattoria dei Barbi has always been to know and study the most innovative technology and then wed it to the best tradition, so as to improve everything they produce without ever changing its distinguishing characteristics.
Ancestors of the estate have also been known to be the first family who started mail order wine delivery in Tuscany! So ahead of their times!