Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino 2018
|Italy, Tuscany, Brunello di Montalcino
|Fattoria dei Barbi
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Colour: Ruby red with garnet nuances.
Nose: Red berry and cherry, light citrusy tones, candied fruits.
Taste: Well balanced and persistent. Good structure with an aftertaste marked by red berries, plums and cherry. Elegant and savory.
Though vibrant and packed with intense raspberry, cherry, hibiscus and earth flavors, this red is also solidly built, with dense tannins leaving a strong grip on the long, crisp finish. This has plenty to like; just be patient. Best from 2026 through 2045. 13,083 cases made, 1,050 cases imported.
Packaged with its dark blue label, the 2018 Brunello di Montalcino displays a very specific character that I always recognize in this wine. The house style is a callout to local winemaking tradition in which there is a slightly wild side to the cherry fruit and forest floor aromas. The oak spice is smoothly integrated into the medium-weight texture, and there is earthy spice and root at the back. The wine closes with freshness, bitter plum and rusty metal. This is a 157,000-bottle release.
The 2018 Brunello di Montalcino lifts from the glass with an earth-inspired blend of crushed dried roses, cedar box and balsamic-tinged cherry. This is soft and round on the palate, with liquid violet florals and lavender giving way to ripe wild berries. The 2018 leaves a touch of fine tannins while finishing with admirable length, as a potent staining of black raspberry slowly fades. There's excellent concentration here and a balanced structure that should promote medium-term cellaring.
Ripe aromas of balsamic and black cherry emerge from the 2018 Brunello Di Montalcino, with purple flowers, tarry earth, and a bit of blue fruit as well. Typical of the 2018s, it has full body, but with a softer texture and more subtle tannin structure. Blackberry, cedar, and fresh soil all come together with gentle richness in this attractive wine, which might be best suited for immediate gratification. Drink 2023-2030.
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