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Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino 2005

Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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13.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Brilliant and lively ruby red color. The bouquet opens with well focused hints of fruity fragrances, especially bitter cherry and raspberry. Its complex nose is enriched by spicy notes suggesting white pepper and clove. The palate melds its freshness nicely with the alcohol thanks to minerality and smooth tannins. An appealing finish offers delicate balsam and mint nuances. The greatest attraction of this Brunello is its pleasant drinkability.

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RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2005 Brunello di Montalcino is surprisingly dark, rich and concentrated for this house. Violets, black cherries, minerals and licorice are some of the nuances that emerge as the wine sits in the glass. The density and richness are commendable in this vintage, and the wine’s overall balance is outstanding. Though delicious today, the 2005 could use another few years in bottle. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022.

Fattoria dei Barbi, one of Montalcino’s historic properties, has come on strong of late. This is another fine set of wines made in a slightly updated traditional style. According to proprietor Stefano Colombini the key to the vintage was harvesting early. A 2005 Brunello, potentially a Riserva, is also aging in the cellar.

WE 91
Wine Enthusiast
Fattoria dei Barbi’s 2005 Brunello opens with a ripe, saturated ruby color and thick aromas of black cherry, tobacco, leather and a playful touch of exotic spice. The wine needs time to integrate and another three years of cellar aging should do the trick.
JS 90
James Suckling
A delicious wine now, with chocolate, berry and hints of cedar. Dried mushrooms too. Full, but a little dry. It's still outstanding.
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Fattoria dei Barbi

Fattoria dei Barbi

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Fattoria dei Barbi, , Italy
Fattoria dei Barbi
Takes its name from the free-spirited gentleman named Bruscone who lived in the woods of the Barbi Estate. Patented system of vinification, based on the Tuscan tradition of “May Wines.” A wine which was born from the extensive soaking of skinned Sangiovese grapes that rest for 3 months with their pomace. One of the first “Super-Tuscan’s.” Fattoria dei Barbi is "The" reference for Brunello in Montalcino. Barbi's approach of using tradition to anchor contemporary expressions of wine continues to position Barbi as a leading producer in Brunello. The Colombini family is one of the most influential of the region and have been an integral part in writing the history of Brunello. Fattoria dei Barbi's commitment to innovation and quality have lead to many "firsts."

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A geographic and climatic anomaly among wine regions, Monterey is a part of the expansive Central Coast AVA and contains five smaller sub-appellations, including the popular Santa Lucia Highlands. Rainfall is extremely low, necessitating the use of irrigation from the Salinas River for successful grape-growing, while harsh Pacific winds and coastal fogs drastically cool and dampen the region in the north.

In the cooler districts of Monterey, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Riesling produce wines with a crowd-pleasing combination of ripe, juicy fruit and crisp acidity. Warmer subzones are home to fleshy, fruit-forward Bordeaux Blends comprised primarily of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

CWC963395_2005 Item# 109199

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