Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello Di Montalcino
Fattoria dei Barbi (Montalcino, Tuscany) is among a prestigious group of estates that has played an integral part in writing the history of Italian wine. 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” castle (now Castello Banfi), then “Argiano”, and finally they began assembling “Fattoria dei Barbi” in 1790, where they have produced wine ever since. Fattoria dei Barbi is in fact one of the oldest, continuously functioning winemaking estates in Montalcino. The estate is currently owned and managed by the 20th generation heir, Stefano Cinelli Colombini. Along with Biondi-Santi, 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 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). Barbi was also the first Tuscan cellar to open its doors to visitors (1954), a pioneer of wine tourism. The Barbi “Blue Label”, created in 1958, is today one of the most widely recognized Brunello bottlings worldwide. Today, Fattoria dei Barbi includes vineyards in Montalcino, Scansano and Chianti and covers a total of 756 acres (306ha), of which 193 acres (78.21 ha with 10ha being replanted) are planted to vineyards and the remaining are dedicated to olive groves, woods, farmland and pastures. The 14-acre (5.7hs) Vigna del Fiore vineyard, planted in 1939, is one of Montalcino’s oldest. Stefano Cinelli Colombini, along with oenologist Paolo Salvi, manages the vineyards which are divided as follows.
Showing off dense black cherry and blackberry fruit around the edges, this offering from Barbi has notes of cigar box, granite, and baking spices shining through. If proper storage allows, rest for another eight years. Otherwise, give proper time in a decanter.
Pairs with roasted leg of lamb, Bistecca alla Fiorentina, or wild game due to its power. Will stand up for more robust bolognese with black truffles.