This is a very transparent and beautiful Brunello with black cherries and dark mushrooms on the nose and palate. Full body, round and juicy tannins that turn firm and lightly chewy at the end of the palate. Tight still. Give this two or three years to come together.
The Fattoria dei Barbi 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Fiore unfolds slowly to reveal a tight core of wild berry aromas, balsam herb and light touches of smoke and spice. This is a medium-weight expression that offers the carefully measured acidity and structure to ensure a healthy aging future ahead. Speaking of aging, Brunello is released five years after the harvest, and tertiary notes defined by cellar age are always an important characteristic of the wine. I notice that this Brunello has embraced its age with particular grace and elegance. You could wait to age it longer, or you could also enjoy this bottle in the near and medium term. Some 6,600 bottles were released in January 2020. (ML)
Camphor, rose and new leather shape the nose along with whiffs of woodland berry and underbrush. It’s full bodied and loaded with elegance, delivering mature Marasca cherry, crushed raspberry, licorice and tobacco set against firm fine-grained tannins. (KO)
Good medium red-ruby. Deep aromas of blackberry, raspberry and tea leaf. Juicy and intense, but extremely tight; quite closed currently, with aeration bringing up only very faint red and dark berry and flinty herb flavors that remain completely compressed by the strong tannic cloak. Finishes with mouthcoating astringency that had me scrambling for bread. Completely charmless right now, this very young, taut wine needs many years of patience; my hope is the tannins resolve before the fruit disappears. (ID) 91+
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