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Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2015 – Fattoria dei Barbi

Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2015 - Fattoria dei Barbi
Written by Piero Pardini

Credits: Fattoria dei Barbi – Tuscany – Italy

Wine: Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Variety composition: 100% Sangiovese.
Denomination: D.O.C.G..
Alcoholic strength: 14.5% vol.
Vintage: 2016.
Vineyards: located in the Municipality of Montalcino and registered in the production of Brunello di Montalcino.
Soil: galestro.
Vineyard altitude: 400 m a.s.l.
Average age of the vines: 20 years.
Exposure: South – Est.
Training system: free codon.
Plant density: 5,000 vines / ha.
Yield per hectare: 60 quintals
Total acidity: 5.3 g/l.
Volatile acidity: 0.46 g/l.
Residual sugars <0.52 g/l.
Dry extract 29.1 g/l.
Seasonal trend 2015: The 2015 climatic trend was characterized by a winter and an early spring with abundant rainfall that allowed the accumulation of important water reserves.
After a fluctuating April / May, from June to August, high temperatures were recorded well above the seasonal average, with a strong lack of rain.
After August 15th, the situation changed again, with providential rainfall and the consequent lowering of temperatures, which re-established the ideal conditions for the continuation of the vegetative cycle of the vine. In September, the mild temperature during the day and cool at night contributed to a regular and balanced ripening which allowed the achievement of a perfect balance between sugars and acidity.
Vinification: the de-stemmed grapes underwent a sudden drop in temperatures up to 16 ° C, in a CO2 protected environment. This cooling process of the grape skin allows to obtain a greater extraction of the anthocyanin and polyphenol content. The normal alcoholic fermentation lasted for about 16/17 days at a controlled temperature of 27°-28° C. The racking was followed by malolactic fermentation and subsequently the wine was placed in wood of medium-small capacity (2.25 hl – 15 hl) followed by the passage in barrels with a higher capacity.
Aging: the Brunello Riserva is aged in wood for at least three years and aged in the bottle for a minimum of 6 months.
Serving temperature: 18° C.

Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2015 - Fattoria dei Barbi

© Fattoria dei Barbi

Tasting Notes
Intense ruby red, almost impenetrable, with garnet reflections.
On the nose the bouquet of aromas is complex, intense. The aromas follow one another in harmony: floral scents reminiscent of a pot pourri of red flowers, fruity notes of wild strawberry, blueberry and blackberry. Nuances of licorice and spicy hints of vanilla, cinnamon and cloves.
The taste olfactory examination confirms what is perceived on the nose, the perception of ripe fruit remains in the mouth and a balsamic note in the finish. The sip is rich, opulent, pleasant, persistent. It is recommended in combination with rabbit in porchetta.

Rating
5 Lupetti

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Fattoria dei Barbi
Località Podernovi, 170
53024 Montalcino (SI) – Italia
Phone +39 0577 841111
E-mail: info@fattoriadeibarbi.it
Website: www.fattoriadeibarbi.it

About the author

Piero Pardini

Founder and editor-in-chief of "The Wolf Post".
Freelance Journalist.
Wine critic and Sommelier.
He has also written about sports and technology for some specialized magazines.
Co-author of the essay "Gianni Clerici - The writer, the poet the journalist", Le Lettere, Firenze.

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