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Fattoria dei Barbi is among a prestigious group of estates that has played an integral part in writing the history of Italian wine. In fact, the estate is one of only five in Montalcino that have continuously operated for over 100 years. The Colombini family, one of region’s most influential families, founded the estate in 1790. The family has owned land in Montalcino since 1352, first building the “Poggio alle Mura” estate (now Castello Banfi), then “Argiano”, and finally they began assembling “Fattoria dei Barbi” in 1790, where they have produced wine ever since. The estate is currently owned and managed by the 20th generation heir, Stefano Cinelli Colombini, who carries on constantly seeking innovation through research and the application of new techniques.
Along with the Biondi-Santi family, the Colombini family helped build the reputation of Brunello di Montalcino as a wine of great quality and prestige worldwide. Fattoria dei Barbi is among the original producers of Brunello di Montalcino with bottles dating back to the 1892 vintage in its cellar. The estate, whose name is derived from “Barbo”, a reference to the seashell fossils found throughout the vineyards, received top awards at exhibitions all over Europe since the first vintages.
The Vigna del Fiore is an unique vineyard and produces Barbi's flagship Brunello. Its 14 acres (5.7 hectares) are situated in an area where the vines have beencultivated since the 16th Century. It is one of the southernmost and oldest vineyards in the whole area of the Brunello di Montalcino . The particular exposition and the composition of the soil give to this Brunello special qualities, with a very elegant bouquet and an harmonic and complex taste.
The Brunello Vigna del Fiore has been produced since 1981; for its harmony and charm it can be drunk and appreciated from the earlier years in bottle, despite being a wine with an excellent capacity of ageing - Barbi state up to 50 years!
Before the fermentation the grapes were subjected to a cold pre-fermentative maceration which consists in cooling the grapes at a temperature of 16° C in an environment protected by CO². This process increases the extraction of polyphenols and aroma compounds. The regular alcoholic fermentation followed and lasted 16/17 days at a controlled temperature of 27°- 28°C. After the racking and the malolactic fermentation the wine aged in small-to-medium-sized Slavonian oak barrels (225l – 15hl) for the first months. Later, it completed the aging in larger Slavonian oak barrels (30 hl), for a total period of two years and then is bottled at least 4 months before the release.
A very intense ruby red wine with the classic Brunello bouquet of ripe cherry, notes of amber, vanilla and clove. Gorgeous aroma of crushed currants and berries. Full-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and a long, persistent, expressive, fruity finish. This is a very special wine, rich, with an ample range of fruity aromas, and very elegant.
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