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-skinned berry, camphor, rose and crushed stone aromas shape the nose along with a whiff of pipe tobacco. The aromas carry on to the structured, full-bodied palate along with juicy Marasca cherry and licorice. Firm, fine-grained tannins provide support. Drink: 2022–2030; Date Tasted: Jan 2020; Rating: 96 Points; Kerin O'Keefe; Wine Enthusiast
This wine usually falls somewhere in the middle of the Riserva continuum (starting with the most lithe and elegant wine and ending with the most powerful) presented by Produttori del Barbaresco in this knockout series of nine single-vineyard expressions. The 2015 Barbaresco Riserva Rio Sordo is another personal favorite. This group of Ovello, Rio Sordo, Asili and Rabajà (that sweet spot of neighboring vineyard sites in Barbaresco) is especially profound in 2015, striking a careful balance between elegance against power. The Rio Sordo offers tight and sharp fruit complete with a little tannic pinch or crunch on the close. Production is 13,333 bottles. Tasted: July; Drink: 2024-2050; Rating: 96+ Points; Monica Larner; Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
The 2015 Barbaresco Riserva Rio Sordo is one of the more refined, delicate wines in this range. The wine's small-ish scale and open-knit feel make it easy to drink with minimal cellaring. Even so, the 2015 has good energy and impeccable overall balance. Spice, leather, cedar, tobacco and menthol add lovely aromatic top notes. It will be interesting to see how the 2015 develops over time. Drink: 2020-2035; Date Tasted: Nov 2019; Rating: 92 Points; Antonio Galloni; vinous.com
Strawberry spice, a bit coarse in a way, nutty, mineral feel. Slightly warm, but aniseed and juicy red fruits feel pretty good. Not one of the great crus, but a very nice wine. Tasted: Aug 2020; Alcohol: 14.5%; Price: $140; Closure: Cork; Drink: 2022-2042+; Rated: 93 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
Stewed berries, old rose petals, malt and white pepper, white chocolate notes and bitter almond wafts of pretty spice. Lush and supple in the palate, quite transparent in its feel, pent up, coiled and tense, the finish a spreading sheen of fine, light but firm tannin. A little more ashen and elemental in its expression, formidable in texture and feel. Tasted: Aug 2020; Alcohol: 14.5%; Price: $140; Closure: Cork; Drink: 2022-2042+; Rated: 94+ Points; Mike Bennie; The Wine Front
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