The Produttori del Barbaresco, founded in 1958, now has 51 members and controls more than 100 hectares (250 acres) of premium Nebbiolo vineyards in Barbaresco. Each family is in full control of its land, growing Nebbiolo grapes with centuries old skill and dedication.
In great vintages, nine single-vineyard Barbarescos are produced from nine classic premium sites within the Barbaresco village boundaries: Asili, Rabajà, Pora, Montestefano, Ovello, Pajè, Montefico, Muncagota, and Rio Sordo. These are the geographical names of sites where Nebbiolo grapes have always been cultivated. The name of the single-vineyards, the total number of bottles produced, and the name of the owners of the vineyards are marked on the labels.
A big, powerful wine, the 2012 Barbaresco hits the palate with surprising depth allied to nervous tannins that are going to need time to soften. Tobacco, smoke, licorice, menthol, game and a host of dark, ferrous notes give the wine much of its virile personality. The 2012 is not as finessed as some recent vintages, yet it offers considerable potential for the future. Most importantly, it is a terrific value at a time when well-priced Barbaresco is increasingly hard to find. In 2012, the Produttori did not bottle their Riservas. When that happens, the straight Barbaresco is often an overachiever. That is certainly the case here, as the 2012 offers outstanding quality for the money, with plenty of potential for the future. I can't think of too many wines that deliver this much pleasure and value. Rating: 92 Points; Date Tasted: August 2015; Antonio Galloni
Every now and then, the individual crus are bottled as one. 2012 was one such year. Now is not the time to hesitate. The light colour doesn’t prepare you for what is to come. It looks light and then BAM. A wall of tannin with perfume flying hither and thither. It’s game on. The perfume of herb leaves, the flowers of herbs, the fennel growing along the rusted train tracks, the green and the red, the tar and the dirt. It roars with savouriness, ripples with redcurrant and liquorice; it’s a garden of flavour more than it is a road. Even out of curiosity, don’t go near it now; wait. For as long as you can. Ignore the burn of impatience. There’s something beautiful being laced slowly together here. Rating: 94+ Points; Drink: 2022-2042; Price: $70; Date Tasted: June 2016; Alcohol: 14%; Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front
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