Deep red ruby color with just a touch of garnet at the rim. The bouquet is very complex and reveals notes of cherry, almond, vanilla and light hints of balsamic mint. The palate is warm, very smooth, balanced and harmonious. The wine lingers surprisingly long with delicate notes of white pepper and clove. This wine can be aged for 15 years.
The Vigna del Fiore is an unique single vineyard, its 14 acres (5.7 hectares) are situated in an area where wine has been cultivated since the XVI century. One of the most Eastern vineyard’s in the whole area of Brunello di Montalcino and one of the oldest. The particular exposition and composition of the soil give this Brunello special qualities, with a very elegant bouquet and an harmonic and complex taste. The Brunello Vigna del Fiore was produced for the first time in 1981, to celebrate the 50th birthday of Francesca Colombini- pioneer and innovator of the family business. Fattoria dei Barbi is ””The”” reference for Brunello in Montalcino. Barbi’s approach of using tradition to anchor contemporary expressions of wine continues to position Barbi as a leading producer in Brunello. The Colombini family is one of the most influential of the Region and have been an integral part in writing the history of Brunello. Fattoria dei Barbi’s commitment to innovation and quality have lead to many ””firsts””.
The Winter 2005 characterized by low temperature which were inferior to the normal range and the beginning of the Spring was cool and sunny; this combination caused a delay in the development of the vines. The first part of the Summer was very dry and hot, changing in the second part when the temperatures became fresher, especially in the evenings, with presence of few rainfalls. This favorable thermic excursion from day till night have helped to establish a perfect balance of sugar and acidity and gave a great concentration of color and extracts. The harvest took place form September 26th to October 7th. Brunello 2005 shows an excellent phenolic extraction and a rich bouquet. These characteristics have been enhanced with the help of modern winemaking techniques such as the prefermentative cryomaceration, which consists in cooling the grapes for 48 hours at a temperature of 3°-5°C in an environment protected by CO˛. The low temperature causes in the grapes a temporary freeze of their skins, with the consequent rise in volume and the breakage of the cells. This process helps the spreading of various wine components, increasing the softness, balance, complexity and color stability. The regular alcoholic fermentation followed and lasted 16 days, gradually reaching a temperature of 29°-30°C. The wine ages in small-medium size oak barrels for the first months. Later the Brunello “Vigna del Fiore” completed the ageing process in larger oak barrels, for a total period of two years and then bottled for at least 4 months before the release.
Fattoria dei Barbi is ””The”” reference for Brunello in Montalcino. Barbi’s approach of using tradition to anchor contemporary expressions of wine continues to position Barbi as a leading producer in Brunello. The Colombini family is one of the most influential of the Region and have been an integral part in writing the history of Brunello. Fattoria dei Barbi’s commitment to innovation and quality have lead to many ””firsts””, namely; The 1st exporters of Brunello, 1817; the 1st Brunello awarded by the state (Italy), 1892; the pioneers of wine tourism, 1938; the 1st Tuscan cellar open to visitors, 1954; producer of the 1st Super Tuscan, Brusco dei Barbi, 1969.