2009 Barbaresco, Campo Quadro, Punset, Neive, Piedmont

2009 Barbaresco, Campo Quadro, Punset, Neive, Piedmont

Product: 20098027863
2009 Barbaresco, Campo Quadro, Punset, Neive, Piedmont

Description

Very different in character to Marina’s Basarin Barbaresco, her San Cristoforo, Campo Quadro, to give it’s full name, reflects the vineyard’s cool, breezy position high up above the cantina, with a pale red, more perfumed, slight, hay, tiny red berry, and sandalwood aromas, even in the hotter 2009 vintage. It’s much racier than Basarin, more ethereal, more ‘Volnay’ (to Basarin’s ‘Beaune’); the longer, later hang-time conferring more complexity and ultimately more ageing potential. A very graceful wine with only 400 cases made.
David Berry Green

New to our list last year, Punset has become a firm staff favourite virtually overnight. With great energy of fruit on the nose, it has a lifted aroma with more rose than tar and loads of ripe red fruit. Lovely and cool, yet mouth-filling on the palate, the wine has fleshy, dense red fruit balanced by ripe, rounded tannins. This is the essence of Barbaresco. It will need a few years in the cellar, but will be a real treat when it’s mature.
Chris Pollington - Private Account Manager
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About this WINE

Punset, Piedmont

Punset, Piedmont

Marina Marcarino of Punset produces an authentic and fine Barbaresco style of wine. Destined to be an engineer by a family in the construction business, Marina rebelled and headed to the vineyards on their 17ha estate overlooking Neive; following in their footsteps of her grandmother, also a ‘contadina’. Trained in viticulture, she turned the property organic in 1982, certified in 1993.

All the vineyards are grassed over, with the fruit being vinified traditionally in both cement and stainless steel, before being aged in a combination of used French tonneaux and slavonian botte grande.

Punset has three Barbaresco vineyards: Basarin, San Cristoforo, and San Cristoforo ‘Campo Quadro’.

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Barbaresco

Barbaresco

The Piedmontese DOCG zone of Barbaresco is responsible for producing some of Italy’s finest wines. It occupies the same region and uses the same grape (Nebbiolo) as its bigger brother Barolo, but is a third of the size (only 640 hectares versus Barolo’s 1,700 hectares). It is also 50 years younger than Barolo, having produced wine labelled Barbaresco since 1890.

Barbaresco earned its DOCG after Barolo in 1980, largely thanks to the efforts of Angelo Gaja. The soils are lighter here than in Barolo – both in colour and weight – and more calcareous. The slopes are also less favourably situated and (relatively speaking) yield earlier-maturing yet extremely elegant wines that require less oak ageing (normally one year in oak plus six months in bottle). The appellation’s key districts are Barbaresco, Treiso, Neive and Alba.

Recommended producers: Cigliuti, Gaja, Marchesi di Gresy

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Nebbiolo

Nebbiolo

Nebbiolo is the grape behind the Barolo and Barbaresco wines and is hardly ever seen outside the confines of Piedmont. It takes its name from "nebbia" which is Italian for fog, a frequent phenomenon in the region.

A notoriously pernickety grape, it requires sheltered south-facing sites and performs best on the well-drained calcareous marls to the north and south of Alba in the DOCG zones of Barbaresco and Barolo.

Langhe Nebbiolo is effectively the ‘second wine’ of Piedmont’s great Barolo & Barbarescos. This DOC is the only way Langhe producers can declassify their Barolo or Barbaresco fruit or wines to make an early-drinking style. Unlike Nebbiolo d’Alba, Langhe Nebbiolo can be cut with 15% other red indigenous varieties, such as Barbera or Dolcetto.

Nebbiolo flowers early and ripens late, so a long hang time, producing high levels of sugar, acidity and tannins; the challenge being to harvest the fruit with these three elements ripe and in balance. The best Barolos and Barbarescos are perfumed with aromas of tar, rose, mint, chocolate, liquorice and truffles. They age brilliantly and the very best need ten years to show at their best.

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Reviews

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The Wine Advocate92/100

Critic reviews

The Wine Advocate92/100
The 2009 Barbaresco Campo Quadro delivers the goods. I have found that vintage plays a specifically important role in the wines of Punset. Age is another factor as these wines gain their balance only after a good amount of time in the cellar. This Barbaresco from the 2009 vintage shows an interesting range of aromas that span from wild berry and dried blueberry to very smokey tar, asphalt and granite. In the mouth, the wine is tight, streamlined and it shows firm tannic structure. Campo Quadro is part of the San Cristoforo cru in the Neive township.
Monica Larner - 31/01/2017 Read more