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.
Balsamic aromas of camphor and new leather mingle with scorched earth and mature black-skinned berry on this full-bodied red. Mirroring the nose, the enveloping palate delivers ripe Marasca cherry, black raspberry and licorice alongside tightly knit, fine-grained tannins before a hazelnut close. Drink 2022–2030. Date Tasted: Jan 2020; Rating: 96 Points; Kerin O'Keefe; Wine Enthusiast
The Produttori del Barbaresco 2015 Barbaresco Riserva Montefico boasts a solid center of gravity with dark fruit, plum, spice and spent embers. Everything about this wine is sultry, velvety and succulent. It goes to follow that the wine's structure is more pronounced, contoured and shapely. This Riserva delivers more sheer fruit weight (in the context of the always elegant Nebbiolo grape) that is carried with grace and poise throughout. Some 16,666 bottles were released. Tasted: July; Drink: 2024-2055; Rating: 95 Points; Monica Larner; Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
The 2015 Barbaresco Riserva Montefico is powerful, intense and very much wound up. Then again, we are talking about Montefico. It's hard not to think the 2015 will be a more complete and engaging wine in time. Today, though, energy and tension dominate. Time in the glass brings out hints of sweet red cherry, mint, tobacco, wild herbs and crushed flowers, all with supporting beams of Montefico tannin. The 2015 is going to need at least a few years to be at its best. Even when that happens, though, the Montefico will be a wine of vintage more than site. Drink: 2022-2040; Date Tasted: Nov 2019; Rating: 93+ Points; Antonio Galloni; vinous.com
Red cherry, baking spice and baked clay, depth of raspberry fruit with a dried flower and chamomile perfume. Has a lot of grip and grain, quiet power, and the finish runs long and savoury. So of the earth. Perhaps a touch of warmth, but really good. Tasted: Aug 2020; Alcohol: 14.5%; Price: $140; Closure: Cork; Drink: 2022-2042+; Rated: 96 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
Heady spice notes, exotic spice let’s say, sour cherry, faintest alpine herbs and some anise too. The palate is pinot-esque and pure, sheathed in fine ultra-minerally tannin, slightly meaty-gamey, sinewy in a way and oh so mouth-watering. Svelte, light but distinctly complex and inwardly concentrated, immense poise and finesse. Epic. Tasted: Aug 2020; Alcohol: 14.5%; Price: $140; Closure: Cork; Drink: 2022-2042+; Rated: 97 Points; Mike Bennie; The Wine Front
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