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Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino 2014

Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino 2014

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"Fattoria dei Barbi's 2014 Brunello di Montalcino marks an impressive effort in what was undoubtedly a difficult vintage. The experienced winemaking team at this historic estate has evidently made specific choices to uphold the quality of their Brunelllo despite the challenges of this wet and cold growing season. For example, careful green harvesting proved essential for even ripening of the clusters. The fruit here does appear evenly mature and there is enough succulent flavor intensity (with dark fruit, tobacco and cured spice) and texture to count on a healthy aging trajectory as we move forward in time. However, this vintage is fundamentally near and medium term, so I would recommend a 10- or 15-year drinking window. It also tastes great straight out of the gate. Some 120,000 bottles were made. Drink: 2020-2033. 92+ points

Fattoria dei Bari is expanding its overall vineyard footprint with the acquisition of an additional 6.5 hectares in Montalcino and 12.5 hectares in Maremma. Last year, the first Maremma Toscana DOC wine was released. It is a blend of 50% Sangiovese with smaller parts Alicante, Petit Verdot, Ciliegiolo, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. In other news, I know that Fattoria dei Barbi is organizing a full Brunello retrospective. When it happens, I look forward to presenting my impressions here. Please stay tuned." 

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (01/19)