Tasting Date: 1/4/2012
Varietal: Sangiovese 2009
Country: Tusconay, Italy
Tasting Date Price: $17.99
Rating: WS 2008 85
Alcohol Content: 13.5%
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Visual Aspect: Lively ruby red colour
Nose: It possesses a rich nose which exhibits fruity fragrances, especially cherry and sour black cherry, accompanied by spicy notes suggesting black pepper and sweet tobacco
Palate: Sweet cherry flavors w/a herbal character & a nice finish.
Food Pairing: Meat, Tubers, potatoes
Winery Notes: The Colombini family has owned property in Brunello di Montalcino since 1352, and they established Fattoria dei Barbi there in 1790. Today, Barbi’s 100 hectares of vineyards produce over 700,000 bottles of wine annually! The vineyards are composed of galestro with components of lime and argillous soil, and they enjoy ideal southeast exposure. At the bottom of the hill, below the estate’s vineyards, sits the Taverna dei Barbi, a restaurant that places the winery in a very select group of producers offering the opportunity to dine on the premises. At the head of the Barbi estate today is the legendary Donna Francesca Colombini-Cinelli, although she is now partially retired and has entrusted the responsibility of the estate to her son Stefano. This new generation is careful to maintain family traditions while also incorporating numerous modern changes. Offering wines ranging from the respected Brunello Riserva ‘Vigna del Fiore’ to the Brusco dei Barbi, this producer is sure to enjoy a long, successful future.