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.
Highly perfumed, dried rose petal, preserved plum, anise and sour cherry going on. The palate has succulence and light juiciness, smoky notes cherry juice, a faint raw meat character and some pretty, herbal lift. While still epic in its tannin profile and power, there’s drinkability here, even now and even with the breathiness and potency of fruit warmth. Tasted: June 2021; Alcohol: 15%; Price: $170; Closure: Cork; Drink: 2026-2046+; Rated: 95+ Points; Mike Bennie; The Wine Front
Almond, ripe raspberry and cherry, lavender, mint, and dried rose perfume, stony things. Firm dusty tannin, a slight warmth through red fruits and raw almond, chewy finish, a strawberry and pepper thing happening here. As with all these 2016 wines, this is an unusually power packed Pora. Whether the structure overwhelms fruit is a question for the future. Tasted: June 2021; Alcohol: 15%; Price: $170; Closure: Cork; Drink: 2025-2040+; Rated: 94+ Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
The 2016 Barbaresco Riserva Pora is a brooding wine, its mid-weight structure notwithstanding. Iron, smoke, tobacco, cedar and dried flowers add a feral, earthy quality that is so appealing. Pora is often one of the more approachable Riservas in this range, but the 2016 is an exception. Readers should be prepared to cellar it for at least a few years. Date Tasted: Oct 2020; Drink: 2024-2041; Rating: 95 Points; Antonio Galloni; Vinous
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