Barbi’s “Blue Label” Brunello is the heart of the estate’s production and its flagship bottling. The family has been producing Brunello from this vineyard since 1892. Sourced from the estate’s 100 acres in the southeast of Montalcino. Vineyards are densely planted to achieve low yields. Manual harvest occurs at the end of September followed by a pre-fermentation cold maceration. This aqueous extraction results in an increased color intensity and stability, softer astringency and tannins adding body and aromatics. Fermentation lasted 16 -17 days and then the wine is aged in small-to-medium size oak barrels for the first 4-6 months, followed by two years in larger Slavonian oak casks. The Wine Advocate scored it 94 points saying "Fattoria dei Barbi's 2010 Brunello di Montalcino starts with a tightly wound personality that begins to unravel slowly, one delicate layer at a time. As it does, you become aware of dried fruit, cigar box, crushed mineral, plum, tar and cola. The wine puts on a beautiful display. I also loved the mouthfeel of this beautiful wine: It is tonic, tight and brimming with energy. Well-integrated oak notes give the wine a spot of softness and velvety spice. This is one beautiful Sangiovese. Stefano Cinelli Colombini has released a fine set of new wines and his base Brunello truly shines in the 2010 vintage. The wines are well priced and immediately attractive." And James Suckling scored it 96 saying " Aromas of burnt orange peel and cherry with hints of dried bark and mahogany. Full-bodied and very tight and dense, with a beautiful fruit, tannin and acid balance. Finesse and strength. Best wine from here for ages. Needs until 2018 to show its true quality." Limited!