Piedmont

Barbaresco

Some would argue that if Barolo is the King of Wine, Barbaresco’s Nebbiolos are the Queens, such generalisations can appeal, yet, they misrepresent reality.

The implication is that Barolo is more masculine, Barbaresco more feminine. Like so many of the worlds wine regions this is dependent on site, viticultural and winemaking practices. Over the last few decades Barbaresco has evolved significantly in all three of these factors, whilst site has remained the same, climate at the site hasn’t, the detail and thought put into grape growing has like the winemaking continued to be pushed to make better wines.

The thinking around this, the wine philosophy has shifted too. The spectrum of styles has shifted to wines that are less rustic, more refined and restrained.

First Records of Wine Production

The widely accepted birthdate of Barbaresco is 1894, when Cantina Sociale di Barbaresco was founded, as before that date Nebbiolo grapes from the Barbaresco area were mostly sold to Barolo producers.

Barbaresco has held DOCG status since 1980.

Founding Figures

The first and second world wars pushed the region into an abyss. In the 1950’s Barbaresco stir to life again thanks to a new generation of dynamic winemakers, including Bruno Giacosa and Angelo Gaja. In addition, the local parish priest, Don Fiorino Marengo, founded Produttori del Barbaresco cooperative cellar, the successor to Cavazza’s original vision to make outstanding wine and stop the exodus of young farmers who were abandoning the countryside.

By the late 1960s, the Gaja and Bruno Giacosa wineries began to market Barbaresco internationally with some success. The Produttori cooperative became one of the most respected cellars in Italy and inspired more landholders in Barbaresco to return to their vineyards and to make quality wine.

Area Planted & Geology

Barbaresco’s production is around ⅓ of Barolo’s. The call is that the soils are similar to those of the Communes of La Morra and the Commune of Barolo. Not that you’d match the personality of the wines with the commune comparison. The Tanaro river plays a significant role influencing the region maritime climate (moderating the temperature highs and lows).

Established Regions

There are 4 regions producing Barbaresco, the first, Commune di Barbaresco surrounding the actual township of Barbaresco and producing around 45% of the production, the second Commune di Neive with around 35%, Commune di Treiso with around 20%, and, the Commune di Alba.

Like Barolo a massive body of work has been undertaken to define and classify the Cru vineyards in Barbaresco. You’ll see names like Pajé, Rabajà, Montestefano, Montefico, Asili, Pora, Rio Sordo, Ovello, Gallina, Rombone, and, Roncagliette on labels. Some like Gaja use names of Cuvees on rather than the Cru. Gaja name their wine made from the Roncagliette Cru, Sori Tildin.

Most Common Varieties

White – Moscato

Red – Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto.


Marchesi di Grésy's Barbaresco Martinenga!


Marchesi di Grésy Barbaresco ‘Martinenga’ 2017

This is a wine that has had me conflicted over the 3 times I’ve tried it. I’ve held off listing it watching and waiting to see what happens. The fruit quality and grape tannins in Marchese di Gresy’s Nebbiolos are irrefutable. The Martinenga Cru, a di Gresy monopole sits between Asili and Rabaja, that kind of pedigree explains much. The very high quality oak layer in the wine put me on pause. Was it too much? Time gave me the answer and the wine, the balance I sought. The secret to this
$215
$205ea in any 3+
$195ea in any 6+

Marchesi di Grésy Barbaresco ‘Gaiun Martinenga’ 2016

The fruit here is epic, a  lift in sophistication, the extra year making a significant difference to fruit expression, long with beautifully weighted shape. Take a swig and all of sudden it hits your mid-palate and explodes to life. As with the Barbaresco Martinenga it needs time and air for that lick of oak to resolve revealing its full potential. The Gaiun has a step up in power and deep with layers of exceptional ripe grape tannin. These almost feel a little more like a Castiglione Falletto
$300
$290ea in any 3+
$280any 6+

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Marchesi di Grésy Barbaresco ‘Martinenga’ MAGNUM 2017

This is a wine that has had me conflicted over the 3 times I’ve tried it. I’ve held off listing it watching and waiting to see what happens. The fruit quality and grape tannins in Marchese di Gresy’s Nebbiolos are irrefutable. The Martinenga Cru, a di Gresy monopole sits between Asili and Rabaja, that kind of pedigree explains much. The very high quality oak layer in the wine put me on pause. Was it too much? Time gave me the answer and the wine, the balance I sought. The secret to this
$468
$253ea in any 3+
$238ea in any 6+

Marchesi di Grésy Barbaresco ‘Gaiun Martinenga’ MAGNUM 2016

The fruit here is epic, a  lift in sophistication, the extra year making a significant difference to fruit expression, long with beautifully weighted shape. Take a swig and all of sudden it hits your mid-palate and explodes to life. As with the Barbaresco Martinenga it needs time and air for that lick of oak to resolve revealing its full potential. The Gaiun has a step up in power and deep with layers of exceptional ripe grape tannin. These almost feel a little more like a Castiglione Falletto
$650
$630ea in any 3+
$610any 6+

Sottimano's 2016 Barbaresco Cru's


Ready to Ship!

Sottimano Barbaresco ‘Basarin’ 2016

Pair this up with the Currá and have a little Neb-Festa!
$158
$151ea in any 3+
$144ea in any 6+

Sottimano Barbaresco ‘Currá’ 2016

My cup overfloweth! Barbaresco kicking it up a gear!
$209
$199ea in any 3+
$189ea in any 6+

Olek Bondonio's Roncagliette


From the same vineyard that offers us Gaja’s Sori Tildin

Olek Bondonio Barbaresco ‘Roncagliette’ 2017

From the same vineyard that offers us Gaja's Sori Tildin, we have Olek's Roncaglietti!
$135
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Olek Bondonio Barbaresco ‘Roncagliette’ 2018

From the same vineyard that offers us Gaja's Sori Tildin, we have Olek's Roncaglietti!
$137
$132ea in any 3+
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Cortese's Pure, Transparent, Refreshing Juice!


They’re Here!

A new wine from this producer comprising young vines from Rabaja and older ones from Trifolera (sits under Rabaja and Martinenga, and above Tre Stelle).

2019 Langhe Nebbiolo

Giuseppe Cortese Langhe Nebbiolo 2019

A Langhe Nebb made from young vine Rabajà .. Yes it's true!
$61
$58ea in any 3+
$55ea in any 6+

2018 Rabajà & Barbaresco

Giuseppe Cortese Barbaresco 2018

For the coin this sitting in a great spot. Lovely tannins, again Cortese’s juicy crunchy fruit signature. There is some darkness here giving it a slightly brooding feel. Time will definitely see this blossom.  The Cortese wines have wonderful clarity and purity to them and this is no exception. A lovely set of flavours and weight here. Juicy acid matching slatey / silky tannins nicely. An excellent introduction to the Cortese Barbaresco level wines. A new wine from this producer comprising
$95
$91ea in any 3+
$87ea in any 6+

Giuseppe Cortese Barbaresco MAGNUM 2018

For the coin this sitting in a great spot. Lovely tannins, again Cortese’s juicy crunchy fruit signature. There is some darkness here giving it a slightly brooding feel. Time will definitely see this blossom.  The Cortese wines have wonderful clarity and purity to them and this is no exception. A lovely set of flavours and weight here. Juicy acid matching slatey / silky tannins nicely. An excellent introduction to the Cortese Barbaresco level wines. A new wine from this producer comprising
$215
$205ea in any 3+
$195ea in any 6+

Giuseppe Cortese Barbaresco Rabajà 2018

🍇RABAJÀ RABAJÀ RABAJÀ 🇮🇹
$133
$128ea in any 3+
$123ea in any 6+

Giuseppe Cortese Barbaresco Rabajà MAGNUM 2018

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$295
$285ea in any 3+
$275ea in any 6+

2013 Rabajà Riserva

Giuseppe Cortese Barbaresco Rabajà Riserva 2013

🍇RABAJÀ RABAJÀ RABAJÀ 🇮🇹
$225
$215ea in any 3+
$205ea in any 6+

Giuseppe Cortese Barbaresco Rabajà Riserva MAGNUM 2013

🍇RABAJÀ RABAJÀ RABAJÀ 🇮🇹
$470
$455ea in any 3+
$440ea in any 6+

Poderi Colla Barbaresco 'Roncaglie' 2016


It’s in the Warehouse only a couple of dozen left!

Poderi Colla Barbaresco ‘Roncaglie’ 2016

The Hit List from 2016 Barbaresco is Insane! Now this from one of Piedmont's God Fathers!
$135
$130ea in any 3+
$125ea in any 6+

Below you’ll find a few video snapshots of Poderi Colla. The podcast with Beppe, who sadly passed away in Jan 2019, has some wonderful insights.

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Roagna Dolcetto d’Alba 2018

This comes across more like a Neb than Dolcetto! None of the juby, puppy fat, perfumed, elegant, lovely texture and elevage .. just stunning!
$48
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$44ea in any 6+

Giuseppe Cortese Langhe Nebbiolo 2018

A Langhe Nebb made from young vine Rabajà .. Yes it's true!
$50
$47ea in any 3+
$44ea in any 6+

Cascina Roccalini Langhe Nebbiolo 2019

When a young winery pop's up a little leg work is required to suss them out. Obviously, the most important thing is what's in the glass. Let's add the other bits of the equation though. The vineyards are right next to Olek Bondonio's joint, they used to supply their Neb to Dante Scaglione at Bruno Giacosa for ten years, and Dante helped them start their own venture. BOOM! Back to the vino. The starting point of their 3 wine range. Young vine Neb, destined to become Barbaresco when the vineyar
$56
$53ea in any 3+
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Produttori del Barbaresco Langhe Nebbiolo 2019

The 2019 Langhe Nebbiolo is a rich, explosive wine at this level. A rush of sweet red kirsch, mint and cinnamon give the 2019 an exuberant, captivating feel. Aromatic, rich and generous, the Langhe Nebbiolo delivers the goods. Readers should expect an extroverted style. The 2019 was aged in cement and neutral cask. Antonio Galloni
$61
$58ea in any 3+
$55ea in any 6+

Giuseppe Cortese Langhe Nebbiolo 2019

A Langhe Nebb made from young vine Rabajà .. Yes it's true!
$61
$58ea in any 3+
$55ea in any 6+

Roagna Langhe Rosso 2014

The 2014 Langhe Rosso is an absolutely gorgeous wine. Sweet tobacco, mint, crushed flowers, licorice, dried cherry and cedar give the 2014 striking complexity and nuance. In some vintages, the Langhe Rosso can be a bit frail, but the 2014 is supported by bright acids and beams of supporting tannin that confer a great deal of energy. The 2014 is a blend of estate fruit from both Pira and Pajè, that spent just under three years in oak and two years in cement. Antonio Galloni
$79
$76ea in any 3+
$73ea in any 6+
Nebbiolo!

Fletcher Barbaresco ‘Recta Pete’ 2018

An Aussie in Piedmont! Dave Fletcher's Barbaresco is turning heads in Australia & Italy!
$81
$77ea in any 3+
$73ea in any 6+

Giuseppe Cortese Barbaresco 2018

For the coin this sitting in a great spot. Lovely tannins, again Cortese’s juicy crunchy fruit signature. There is some darkness here giving it a slightly brooding feel. Time will definitely see this blossom.  The Cortese wines have wonderful clarity and purity to them and this is no exception. A lovely set of flavours and weight here. Juicy acid matching slatey / silky tannins nicely. An excellent introduction to the Cortese Barbaresco level wines. A new wine from this producer comprising
$95
$91ea in any 3+
$87ea in any 6+
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Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco 2017

Once again proving PdB's Barbaresco Normale is a great benchmark!
$98
$95ea in any 3+
$92ea in any 6+
Energy++

Giovanni Sordo Barbaresco 2016

Incredible perfume, the hallmark Sordo attention to texture and harmony. Incredible transparency and complexity!
$102
$123ea in any 3+
$119ea in any 6+

La Ca’ Növa Barbaresco 2019

La Ca' Növa 2019 Barbaresco will tempt readers with its effusive aromatics and compelling Nebbiolo fruit, but a few years in bottle are advisable to help the tannins soft. Medium in body and wonderfully translucent, the 2019 is such a great example of what Barbaresco should be. Bright red fruit, orange peel, white pepper, mint and crushed rocks lend striking energy throughout. Vibrant saline notes support the dry, bracing finish. Vineyard sites are Ovello, Cole and Loreto.  Antonio Galloni, V
$103
$99ea in any 3+
$95ea in any 6+

Cascina Luisin Barabaresco ‘Paolin’ 2016

‘Paolin’ is predominantly (90%) from a relatively cool and elevated cru called Basarin in Neive, of which Bruno Giacosa is also a major owner. The exposure is southerly and vine age is 40 years on average.  It shows a degree of delicacy, no doubt due to the site, with elegant aromas of rose, cherry and sweet spice. Slightly darker fruit characters come through on the palate: blueberry, blackberry and even blackcurrant. Savoury, cedar-like flavours play a part, and the spiciness of the bouqu
$105
$100ea in any 3+
$95ea in any 6+

Oddero Barbaresco ‘Gallina’ 2017

Oddero are doing such a wonderful job with this vineyard!
$112
$107ea in any 3+
$102ea in any 6+

Albino Rocca ‘Cottà’ Barbaresco 2017

“One of the highlights in this range, the 2017 Barbaresco Cottà possesses tremendous depth along with the sheer breadth that is the key signature of this Neive cru. Black cherry, plum, leather, licorice, mint and lavender soar out of the glass, all with the backing of serious tannins that are going to need time to soften. This is impressive stuff.” Antonio Galloni, Vinous
$114
$109ea in any 3+
$104ea in any 6+

Albino Rocca ‘Ovello Vigna Loreto’ Barbaresco 2017

Rocca's 'Ovello Vigna Loreto' has a generosity and delicacy about it. A real elegance and fine tannins. This shows the beauty of the Ovello Cru.
$118
$113ea in any 3+
$108ea in any 6+

Albino Rocca ‘Ronchi’ Barbaresco 2017

Wow! Tagged as the best holding of the estate you can see why!
$120
$115ea in any 3+
$110ea in any 6+