2015 Fattoria dei Barbi Rosso di Montalcino SKU #1291782


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  • Jeff Garneau
    By: Jeff Garneau
    K&L Staff Member
    In 2015, Greg St. Clair, our Italian buyer, was in Montalcino during harvest, trying to buy more of the outstanding 2010 Brunellos. He mentioned at the time that he thought the quality of the grapes was exceptional, and that it was likely to be a very successful vintage. I have been waiting ever since for the release of the 2015 Rossos from Montalcino, which go to market three years in advance of the Brunellos from the same vintage. These are an inexpensive way to get an advance taste of the quality of the vintage, and of the likely character of the Brunellos yet to be released. From what I can tell so far, 2015 appears to be a very promising vintage indeed. One of my favorites is the 2015 Fattoria Dei Barbi Rosso Di Montalcino. This is very traditional in style with classic Morello cherry notes and a soaring, savory note of leather and spice that virtually defines the best Sangiovese from Montalcino. These are serious wines, really “Baby Brunellos”. Decant for one hour and enjoy.
  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    K&L Staff Member
    One of Montalcino’s oldest wineries dating from the late 19th century is situated on the east side of Montalcino’s spine ridge not too far south from Biondi Santi. This is the first winery I ever visited in Montalcino way back in 1982 and their style is “classic” the nose is full of leather, earth, Tuscan brush and is slow to open. On the palate you sense a vibrant core of acidity and tannin that sets the tone for the wine, it is dynamic yet expanding. This is a wine to decant for 2-4 hours or to power decant it (pour back and forth between decanters multiple times), you don’t need to be gentle, the core of this wine begins to uncoil with air contact, or age, and if you drink half a bottle one night and go back the next you’ll be amazed at the growth. This is what all Brunello and Rosso used to taste like, a bit focused and tight that over time with air contact it then opens into a beautiful wine. On the palate the wine gives you real Sangiovese flavor, bright, wild cherry with a bit of earth and leather that has a bit of a gritty texture to remind you it’s a classic. The finish is tight, clean, focused and layered with earth, spice, leather and wild cherry, this wine needs a richer food so T-Bone… or American style lasagna would work as well.
    Drink from 2017 to 2025


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