Paul’s Summary of the Wines on the Night
What a triumph! Seeing a row of wines of this calibre and age across four of Barbaresco’s great Cru’s is a rare event. From youthful and vibrant to mature and ready to drink, feminine and supple to bold and masculine, one thing remained true for all of the wines, they were loaded with personality and intrigue. The choice was one of which one was better rather than which one worse.
For me the 05 Asili was such a beautiful feminine expressive wine. The 09 Rabajà such a complete wine with that rare combination of restraint and an intense core of fruit. Flip a coin with the Montefico’s, both bold, rich wines, with powerful tannins softened by the fat of the Wagyu Skirt steak.
The 09 Rabajà such a complete wine with that rare combination of restraint and an intense core of fruit. Flip a coin with the Montefico’s, both bold, rich wines, with powerful tannins softened by the fat of the Wagyu Skirt steak.
Flip a coin with the Montefico’s, both bold, rich wines, with powerful tannins softened by the fat of the Wagyu Skirt steak.
The Ovello’s were a Barbaresco masterclass in themselves. The only 04 in the mix showed the class of the year, with ripe tannin balanced with a lovely line of acid. The 05 seamless and beautifully integrated. It will be fascinating to watch the pair evolve over the next decade. The 09 Ovello showing the edge of ripe, slightly jammy fruit that was present in the 09 Asili. The 09 Rabajà and 09 Montefico held onto their fresh vibrant fruit highlighting the difference site and perhaps picking time can make!
All the background to Produttori Babaresco, Nebbiolo, and, Barbaresco is with the wine wine reviews below the order form.
Straight from the cellars of Prodottori del Barbaresco we have several of their Cru’s, mature and ready to go. In advance of the 2013 Cru release in February 2018, we have these gems available for your drinking pleasure today!
The wines of Produttori del Barbaresco were my first introduction to Barbaresco. The good bit was being introduced to a producer that is now a staple in my cellar. The bad bit was all of the lesser Barbaresco I tried after that. They had set the bar high!
Barbaresco is often considered the poor cousin to Barolo. That it certainly is not! The benefit for us is the marketing hype around Barolo which is often deserved and sometimes not help keep prices of Barbaresco reasonable. Prodottori produces what are undoubtedly some of the best value Barbarescos available today.
Aldo Vacca has deftly brought the Produttori del Barbaresco into modern times while making subtle changes to farming and winemaking yet maintaining the traditional style that has made this coop so adored by its rabidly loyal fan base. The changes at Produttori have been gradual to the degree they aren’t always so noticeable, but they are there. No one knows every nook and cranny of Barbaresco better than Aldo Vacca, but Vacca has also proven to be incredibly wise in making choices that have positioned the Produttori for much continued success in the future. I can’t think of too many wines that deliver this much pleasure and value. Antonio Galloni
A bit about Nebbiolo
Nebbiolo is an incredibly challenging grape variety to grow, make, and, as a consumer, sometimes, to drink and understand.
The name incorporates ‘Nebbia’ or cloud. Driving the vineyard clad hills of Barolo or Barbaresco in Piemonte (at the foot of the mountain), you’ll often find yourself immersed in clouds! A function of the topography and the region being surround by mountains on three sides.
Nebbiolo wines tend to focus more on what we call secondary characters, earthy, truffles, violets, woody herbs, tar. The texture / mouthfeel is a hallmark of Nebbiolo. They can be extremely tannic demanding rich food to balance them, and time in the bottle to soften. No matter the quantity of tannin, the best Nebbiolo wines will always have incredible quality, depth and length of tannin.
The bunches and berries are much larger than most of the French varieties. The colour of Nebbiolo wines can range from deep and dark to rusty tap water! Yet, a pale colour is often no indicator of the depth of flavour or quality of the wine.
A bit about Barbaresco
The area of Barbaresco is only 10min from Barolo, the difference in soil and weather can mean one may have a great year whilst the other is average.
Barbaresco DOCG regulations allow for wine to be released a year earlier than Barolo. Angelo Gaja, perhaps the most famed producer of Barbaresco, has largely chosen to ignore DOCG regulation in the pursuit of excellence. There is perhaps a question over whether marketing or tending of the vineyards and wines is the reason behind their cult status.
Whilst Gaja has been in the limelight wineries like Roagna and Produttori del Barbaresco have been quietly going about the business of making some of the best value Nebbiolo’s available today.
There is no doubt that the great Barbaresco’s are every bit as good as the great Barolo’s.
As a generalisation Barbaresco tends to be less tannic and more approachable as younger wines.
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