2018 Produttori Barbaresco
Barbaresco is one of the most prominent wines in the Piedmont region. Since the 13th century, the cultivation of the Nebbiolo grape has largely defined the winemaking culture of the region.
Nebbiolo is a slowly maturing grape which makes it easily susceptible to changes in differing soils and climates. As a result of the subtleties of the microclimates in Barbaresco, the wines take on a fascinating range of spice and fruit flavors.
Barbaresco is much smaller than the Barolo region, yet it benefits from the influence of the Tanaro river allowing for grapes that ripen earlier and maintain an overall lighter character.
James Suckling, 93 points
Lovely barbaresco, with all the typical nebbiolo characteristics, such as red berries, mushrooms and dried leaves, as well as hints of bitter orange peel and spice. All this follows through to the medium-to full-bodied palate, where fine, lightly firm tannins add a little grip and additional focus. Compact, but bursting with flavor. Delicious now, but give it a year or two. It will only get better.
Vinous, 91 points
Outer quote mark In 2018 the Produttori did not bottle their Riservas. Instead, all of the best lots of those grapes went into the straight Barbaresco bottling, another in a long string of successes from this historic house. Dark cherry, cedar, tobacco and spice fill out the layers. There is good depth and a good deal of tannin too, just not the complexity or nuance of the very best years.
Wine Enthusiast, 90 points
Violet and red berry aromas mingle with dark spice, leather and camphor. The full-bodied palate offers cherry marinated in spirits, orange rind, black tea and a hint of menthol alongside solid tannins.
Italy, Piedmont, Barbaresco
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