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Older Brunello Riserva

Fattoria dei Barbi, one of Montalcino’s historic properties (yes, the history of the estate spans back two centuries), has come on strong of late. This is another fine set of wines made in a slightly updated traditional style. According to proprietor Stefano Cinelli Colombini, brother of my good friend Donatella Cinelli Colombini winemaker also in Montalcino, the key to these vintages was harvesting early. The wines are well priced and immediately attractive.

It’s not easy finding older vintage Brunello and certainly not at a great price. But, we have. Check out the six-pack deal and reserve yours NOW!
Wine will arrive later this week.

Stefano Cinelli Colombini

Stefano Cinelli Colombini

2004 Fattoria dei Barbi * Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
93pts RP, 94pts JS
(This wine is already unavailable in 750’s online and the mags sell for $259btl)
$102.50btl or
EMAIL SIX PACK DEAL- $540.00 ($90btl)

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: 2017-2024.

 

2006 Fattoria dei Barbi * Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
94+pts RP, 95pts JS
$103.50btl (already beats best price online) or
EMAIL SIX PACK DEAL- $552.00 ($92btl)

The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva bursts from the glass with dark red fruit, flowers, mint and licorice. The 2006 is a powerful, intense Riserva, yet at the same time there is more than enough depth in the vibrant dark fruit to provide balance. This intense, rich, structured Brunello is built for cellar. It should be forgotten until at least age ten, and even that may prove to be a conservative estimate of the wine’s early approachability. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2026.