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2010 Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino SKU #1213434

Price: $69.99

JS 96 RP 94 VN 93
WS 92 DC 91 W&S 91
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  • Alex Schroeder
    By: Alex Schroeder
    K&L Staff Member
    Fattoria Dei Barbi is one of Montalcino's oldest producers of Brunello, and their contribution to the legendary 2010 vintage is one of my favorites! The combination of small and large oak used to age the wine lends a unique and delicious herbal/garrigue quality to the ripe raspberry and plum fruit flavors that coat the palate. The solid tannin structure ensures this will age into an interesting and beautiful wine.
  • Jeff Garneau
    By: Jeff Garneau
    K&L Staff Member
    New York Times wine critic declared the 2010 Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino his "best value" at $45. Due to Italian wine buyer Greg St. Clair's heroic efforts over the years in developing our direct import program, we are able to offer a lot of great wines at similar prices. That being said, this is a lovely wine in an outstanding vintage, and well worth your consideration. Classic appeal. Sangiovese at its best. Add a few bottles to your cellar list in this "don't miss" vintage.
  • Illya Haase
    By: Illya Haase
    K&L Staff Member
    One of the best red wines I have tried all year! Barbi’s “Blue Label” Brunello is the heart of the estate’s production and its flagship bottling. Does not hurt it is a 2010, one of the best vintages in years. 24 months in small-medium size oak barrels for a few months, then the remainder in larger oak barrels; 4 months further refining in bottles. Dark fruit and spice box on the nose. Great earth tones, tannins and a backbone of acidity shows off the amazing structure of the vintage. Approachable now, but do yourself a favor: get a case and put it away for 10 years. Any grilled meats will do this bottle proud.
  • Olivia Ragni
    By: Olivia Ragni
    K&L Staff Member
    With the growing trend of modern-style wine in places like Brunello, I have difficulty finding wines that have all that old school earth while still maintaining fruit--it seems producers pick on one side or the other (earth or fruit). But the Fattoria dei Barbi has taken a clean Old World approach while maintaining balance and fruit. Aromas of sandalwood, leather and tar lead to a palate with a core of cherry and a hint of plum surrounded by tobacco, anise and cured meats. The tannins are well integrated and balanced with great acidity making this wine approachable to drink now but will certainly reward those who wait!
  • John Majeski
    By: John Majeski
    K&L Staff Member
    Greg St. Clair, our esteemed Italian guru, has brought in an extravagant array of the highly-coveted 2010 Brunellos, and our staff tastings have been filled with more memorable oohs and aahs than you can count. The ostentatious Barbi Brunello showcased impressively savory notes of ripe, black cherries, plums, tabak, spice and tar, picking up earthy minerals and leather on the strong finish. This wine was almost criminally good! A strong cellar candidate, it will develop even greater complexity and velvet over the next several years.
  • Mike Parres
    By: Mike Parres
    K&L Staff Member
    Classic Barbi, black cherry & ripe strawberry, very well balanced. This is full-bodied and powerful, soft tannins long finish, slightly rustic, but impressive for its concentration.
  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    K&L Staff Member
    I absolutely love this wine, the best thing they've done... that I can remember. The nose is full of earth, spice, leather, dried wild cherries and is a powerful statement from the nose. On the palate a classic, long, slightly leathery character is in the middle of a broad, rich and luxurious follow through. Layers of spice, plum, wild cherry, wild herbs in a long procession of flavors marching to the finish. In the finish a long, persistent and so satisfying end, Super wine.
    Drink from 2015 to 2035


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