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.
Dark, brooding and so intense. A firm handshaker right up to your shoulder. Brutalist architecture. Dark cherry, fig and date, crushed walnut, sappiness and ultra-firm tannins. An inky, intense, warm and breathy release with incredible power and drive. You need to strap in for this one. Tasted: June 2021; Alcohol: 15%; Price: $170; Closure: Cork; Drink: 2026-2046+; Rated: 95+ Points; Mike Bennie; The Wine Front
So much power. Almost painfully intense as at now, and of course, the most Barolo-like of the crus. Incense, dark cherry, slate-like tannin, huge length. Suffused with ‘mineral’ character and latent power. Finish is all black tea, spice, and nascent perfume. Tasted: June 2021; Alcohol: 15%; Price: $170; Closure: Cork; Drink: 2026-2046; Rated: 97 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
The 2016 Barbaresco Riserva Montestefano is another profound wine in this lineup. There is virtually no perception of tannin, as the fruit is so rich and so voluptuous. Dark cherry/plum fruit, spice, menthol, licorice and a whole range of balsamic inflections grow as the Montestefano shows off its class. This profound Barbaresco will thrill readers for years to come. Date Tasted: Oct 2020; Drink: 2024-2041; Rating: 98 Points; Antonio Galloni; Vinous
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