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.
Rose, red berry and star anise aromas align with earthy whiffs of forest floor and new leather. The full-bodied, delicious palate doles out succulent Morello cherry, black raspberry, licorice and chopped mint set against a backbone of firm but refined tannins. It's already gorgeous but will be even better with just a few more years of bottle age. Drink: 2022–2030; Date Tasted: Jan 2020; Rating: 97 Points; Kerin O'Keefe; Wine Enthusiast
The Produttori del Barbaresco 2015 Barbaresco Riserva Muncagota shows beautifully in this sunny and warm vintage, producing intense and compelling primary fruit with wild cherry, plum and black currant. Compared to the other Riservas, the fruit profile of Muncagota is darker and richer. More significant is the role the tannins play in this wine. They contribute to a long and firm spinal cord that gives structure and muscle mass. This Barbaresco Riserva shows an affinity to shaved truffles over egg pasta, or gamey fowl such as duck or pigeon. Some 16,666 bottles were made. Tasted: July; Drink: 2024-2055; Rating: 95 Points; Monica Larner; Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
The 2015 Barbaresco Riserva Muncagota is sensual and super-expressive. I won't be surprised if it turns out to be one of the overachievers in this range. Like the Rio Sordo, the Muncagota is one of the more laid-back, mid-weight wines in the lineup, but what impresses most is a real sense of harmony. Silky and open-knit in feel, with lovely aromatic top notes, the Muncagota is so inviting today. Drink: 2020-2035; Date Tasted: Nov 2019; Rating: 92 Points; Antonio Galloni; vinous.com
A lot of cherry, new leather and some herbs, very slightly stewed compote flavour, again not quite so focused, strawberry and spice, and a slightly bitter herb tinged finish. Fennel and some warmth, but still a wine that offers plenty of things to love. Like it though. Tasted: Aug 2020; Alcohol: 14.5%; Price: $140; Closure: Cork; Drink: 2022-2042+; Rated: 93 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
Smells minerally over red cherries, ripe berries, strawberry, rose water, the usual dried and fresh floral things going on. Medium weight, a little creamy before the settling in of tannins, fennel-laced flavours through the finish, beautiful tannins and poise. A touch breathy perhaps? Boozey. It’s a thing. The wine is good anyway, in a bolder, bigger sense. Tasted: Aug 2020; Alcohol: 14.5%; Price: $140; Closure: Cork; Drink: 2022-2042+; Rated: 93 Points; Mike Bennie; The Wine Front
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