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Barbi Brunello di Montalcino 2018 (pre-arrival) Pre-Arrival - First Bottle


95 Luca Gardini -
From a winery run with the unmistakable ‘humanistic’ style of Stefano Cinelli Colombini, the heritage of the typology, a Brunello rich in sapidity. Pomegranate to the nose, with touches of laurel and rhubarb, density and tension to the mouthfeel, brackish-saline tannins and great persistence.
93 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
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.
93 James Suckling -
This has an intense nose of incense, toasted walnuts, mocha, maraschino cherries and some menthol. Full-bodied yet remains agile with firm, gently chewy tannins and bright acidity. Try in 2025.
93 Wine Spectator -
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.

Technical Details

  • BlendSangiovese
  • WinemakerStefano Cinelli Colombini
  • CountryItaly
  • RegionTuscany
  • AppellationMontalcino
  • PH3.44
  • TA5.8g/100mLs

Barbi Brunello di Montalcino 2018 (pre-arrival)Pre-Arrival

Sangiovese Blends  |  Italy
LG95, WA93, WS93, JS93

SPECIAL: Arrives December 2023
33% off retail!

Fattoria dei Barbi, people! This legendary estate, their flagship bottling, 95 POINTS, all coming at you for under $50?!?! Now’s your chance to lock in the best price in the country (and it’s not close!) when you order this classic Brunello on PRE-ARRIVAL! We’ll have this ready for you by DECEMBER 2023, but the best things in life are worth the wait!

The Colombini family has owned land in Montalcino since 1352, founding the Fattoria dei Barbi estate with its Brunello production towards the end of the 1800s. This flagship bottling, their revered “Blue Label”, just might be the most recognizable Brunello bottling in the entire world. And for a good reason, too! 100% sangiovese, taken from the best plots of their estate that spreads over 300 hectares just southeast of Montalcino proper – this is a lush, powerful, elegant, and poised Brunello that is simply a must-have for any Italian wine lover. At just under $300 for a 6-pack, this is one of the more epic deals you will find on top-notch Italian wines...maybe ever.

This wine just oozes pure Tuscany...Wine Spectator once said “You can almost smell the countryside in this expressive red,” and that is so spot on. If you’ve ever been to Tuscany, you just know...baked earth, scrub-brush herbs drying in the warm sun, its “earthiness” at its most romantic and seductive. Add on black cherries – fresh and dried – with cigar box, raspberries, red flowers, blood orange, cedar, and warm baking spices, and you have just a fantastic, youthful, and collectible version of one of Tuscany’s best Brunello. A truly great and historic wine of Tuscany – and we promise, it’ll be worth the wait! Nearly $20 less than the competition, and the sort of wine you’re gonna want to sit on for at least a year anyway...why not let us (and the winery) do the aging for you?

About the Producer

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 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.