Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Fattoria Dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2001
This Christmas day I broke out a bottle I've been saving since receiving it as a birthday present a few years ago. Released sometime in 2007, this Brunello Riserva is just setting out on its path to maturity but will have probably reached its peak at the end of this decade. It's always so difficult to be patient when aging a good bottle of wine.
But that's okay, a Christmas dinner is as good a reason as any to pop the cork.
And I'm glad I did!
The color is a warm ruby with good clarity and intensity, aromas of a sexy mixture of forest floor, flowers, blackberry, licorice and a slight nuttiness. An attractive weave of texture with silky tannins while the finish is as comforting as a soft, warm blanket on a cold Christmas day. Beautiful. Elegant. Paired perfectly with Steak Au Poivre.
Wine Spectator gave the 2001 Barbi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 93 points... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate and Wine Enthusiast both gave it a 92.