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.
Wild berry, violet, face powder and eucalyptus aromas lift out of the glass. On the youthfully austere, structured palate, tightly knit but noble tannins wrap around black cherry, raspberry, licorice and crushed mint. Give this a few more years to fully develop. Drink: 2025–2035; Date Tasted: Jan 2020; Rating: 96 Points; Kerin O'Keefe; Wine Enthusiast
The Produttori del Barbaresco 2015 Barbaresco Riserva Rabajà is a stunning wine. The aromas rise from the glass with purpose, clarity and extreme definition. This is indeed a very special wine, thanks to the direct and linear quality of fruit and the elegant tannins that build the long finish. The Nebbiolo grape is elevated to a beautiful plain or plateau, where it shows off its naked beauty in a clear and unobstructed manner. The wine affords us a panoramic view of the Piedmont grape, planted in the white tuffaceous marl soils of Rabajà. Exactly 16,104 bottles were made. Tasted: July; Drink: 2024-2055; Rating: 97 Points; Monica Larner; Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
The 2015 Barbaresco Riserva Rabajà is one of the most tannic and explosive of these wines, as it so often is. Even with the heat of the vintage, the tannic bite and energy of Rabajà come through loud and clear. In the early going, though, the Rabajà appears to be one of the wines in this range most adversely affected by its relatively recent bottling. Drink: 2022-2040; Date Tasted: Nov 2019; Rating: 93+ Points; Antonio Galloni; vinous.com
Slight spice box dustiness, raspberry and other red fruits, a touch of liquorice. So svelte and composed, a mineral touch to this, a sweep of sand to the feel of the tannin, and gentle grip and liquorice root flavour on a long finish. Latent potential. Watch it unfurl. Tasted: Aug 2020; Alcohol: 14.5%; Price: $140; Closure: Cork; Drink: 2022-2042+; Rated: 95+ Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
Kirsch and clove-cinnamon spice, green herb and black pepper, faint charry notes and old rose petal – a lovely start. The palate shows a little extra ripeness and width than expected, red currants, meaty characters, back palate swamp of tannin rather than more even presence, but nice as it chews and chomps to close. Beefier, bolder expression. 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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