Deep and lively ruby red color with just a touch of garnet at the rim. The Reserve '04 has a broad suite of fragrances ranging from well crystal clear hints of ripe red fruits, especially bitter cherry, to leather, rhubarb, dry hay and liquorice. On the palate this wine is warm, ample, elegant and savory; showing a well integrated balance of alcohol and acidity and a juicy, powerful finish which seems endless.
"The estate’s 2004 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva emerges from the glass with a dark, brooding expression of scorched earth, licorice, tar, smoke and plums. This is a decidedly virile Brunello from Barbi, yet the wine’s balance is impeccable. The richness of the fruit carries through to the powerful, imposing finish. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024."
The Wine Advocate
"Pretty notes of Italian espresso, chocolate and spice revolve around a core of solid black fruit. This is an elegant and refined wine that boats a traditional style that is never overdone or too powerful. In fact, it showcases its delicate berry nuances very nicely in the mouth. Drink after 2014."
"Dark red. Blackcurrant, raspberry, tobacco and woodsmoke on the nose. Enters broad and impressively deep, with red cherry and dark berry preserve flavors energized by juicy acidity. The finish features building, youthfully chewy tannins that will need plenty of time. This and the other Brunellos tasted here this year seem to be some of the best wines made by Barbi in some time.
International Wine Cellar
"Here's a brunello with some energy behind it. The flavors open up and fly, as if you'd taken a handful of dirt and thrown it at the sun. It tastes of cherry liqueur and raspberry layer cake, but it isn't sweet. Instead it's spicy with savory tobacco and game scents. Juicy and mouthwatering, it's a red to decant for roast squab."
Wine & Spirits