Barbi Brunello di Montalcino 2016
They've been crafting wines at Fattoria dei Barbi since 1352. What else do you need to know?
James Suckling: "Aromas of plums, cherries, flowers and sandalwood follow through to a full body with chewy, polished tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Lots of structure and intensity. Give it at least three or four years to come around. Try after 2025." Nov 2020
Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate: "There is a little something special that pulls at my heartstrings each year when I taste the wines of Fattoria dei Barbi. It's connected to the realization that I am tasting a creation made by one of the region's oldest estates and the respect I feel for the family that has carried forth this proud agricultural tradition with such care. This estate is located at the heart of the appellation on the "collina" (or hill) where Brunello was born.
The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino is a delicate and graceful wine. It shows the precision, linearity and power of the vintage for sure, but it also delivers floral tones, bright raspberry, toasted almond and a playful touch of medicinal herb that shape a careful and contemplative bouquet. Those bright aromatic nuances are followed by silky tannins and softly finessed fruit flavors. With an ample 160,000 bottles made, this is a solid go-to Brunello, especially if you are looking for a bottle with a relatively accessible drinking window. Drink date: 202-2038." Nov 2020
Winery: "SENSORY ANALYSIS: Colour brilliant and bright ruby red, medium intensity. NOSE: Red berry fruits, cherry, mint and rosehip. Light hints of wild fennel and sage. TASTE: Elegant, smooth with a pleasant spiciness. The sip is austere and aristocratic with an “old style” final. Good balance between acidity and tannin. A classic Brunello which reminds the Seventies productions. FOOD COMBINATIONS: Perfect for important dishes, roasted or grilled red meats, game, venison, stewed wild boar. Excellent with mature cheeses. Serve at a temperature of 65°F."
|Aging||24 months in large oak barrels|
|Region||Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy|