2020 Barbaresco, Produttori del Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy

2020 Barbaresco, Produttori del Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy

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2020 Barbaresco, Produttori del Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy

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Description

Another triumph from the Produttori del Barbaresco, and a fine representation of the quality yielded by the 2020 vintage. The nose is high-toned and fragrant with notes of macerated strawberries and blood orange. An ample and juicy palate swells with red fruit while notes of leather, camphor and liquorice develop on the finish. Bright acidity and crushed velvet tannins make for a delightfully drinkable style of Barbaresco, one which will be immediately accessible in its youth but will age rewardingly over the next ten years. 

Drink 2024 - 2035

Nick Kemball, Senior Experiences Executive, Berry Bros. & Rudd (November 2023)

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Antonio Galloni, Vinous92/100

The 2020 Barbaresco is a lovely, harmonious wine that will drink well with minimal cellaring. Forward fruit and soft curves are perhaps a bit uncharacteristic for young Barbaresco but that also make the wine very enjoyable. Juicy red cherry/plum fruit, rose petal, spice, cedar, mint and tobacco all meld together in the glass. Classicists will probably prefer other vintages, but it's hard not to like the 2020 for its charming, effusive personality. At the same time, aeration brings out greater aromatic presence and a good deal of structure, too.

Drink 2024-2032

Antonio Galloni, Vinous (September 2023)

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Jancis Robinson MW17+/20

Barbaresco. Youthful mid ruby. A proper, concentrated fruit nose, which this vintage is woefully short of. Subtle marasca cherry palate with lots of finely ground tannins; head and shoulders above the rest.

Drink 2023-2030

Walter Speller, JancisRobinson.com (June 2023)

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Wine Advocate95/100

The 2020 Barbaresco boasts an ample set of aromas with wild cherry, blue flower, sweet spice and crushed limestone. As always, the wine paints an exciting and authentic portrait of Nebbiolo, albeit with a little more richness and texture in this vintage. This is especially true in terms of the palate, where the wine offers mid-weight intensity with melting tannins. This ambitious release of 300,000 bottles is slated to hit the market in fall 2023.

Drink 2025-2045

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (August 2023)

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James Suckling92/100

This is aromatic and attractive with notes of dried cherries, hibiscus, cocoa and bark, following through a medium body with polished and refined tannins with velvety texture, and a linear finish. Fresh and floral at the end with a bright red fruit backbone.

Drink from 2025

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com (July 2023)

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Decanter94/100

Still vinous, with youthful strawberry notes, rosebud, violet, liquorice and a whiff of cinnamon. Savoury and floral on the palate which is dominated by firm, crisp, long acidity and velvety ripe tannins of an amazing quality; perhaps just a bit stern on the aftertaste. Amazing Barbaresco. Here we have the cooperative of Barbaresco and one known as producing some of the best-priced quality wines in all of Langhe. This will not be released before October 2023.

Drink 2023 - 2040

Aldo Fiordelli, Decanter (January 2023)

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Jeb Dunnuck92-94/100

Just off the bottling line, I was the first in the world to taste the 2020 Barbaresco from bottle with Aldo Vacca. It pours a jewel ruby, which Aldo thought was probably pre-bottle shock. A pretty wine with aromas of ripe raspberry (almost liqueur), sweet licorice, and fresh violets, it is medium to full-bodied, with pure, ripe fruit of red cherry, blood orange, dusty earth, and pressed flowers. This is a lovely wine out of the gates, and it will be interesting to see how it settles.

Drink 2024 - 2040

Audrey Frick, JebDunnuck.com (May 2023)

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About this WINE

Produttori del Barbaresco

Produttori del Barbaresco

Produttori del Barbaresco is located in the Barbaresco region of Piedmont, Italy. It is a cooperative winery established in 1958 by a group of 19 growers who recognised the potential of the Barbaresco region and decided to join forces. It has grown to include over 50 members who collectively cultivate approximately 100 hectares of vineyards.

The cooperative owns vineyards in different cru sites, including Asili, Montefico, Montestefano, Ovello, Pajè, Pora, Rabajà, Rio Sordo, and Muncagota. These vineyards are known for their distinct terroirs and contribute to the complexity and character of the wines.

The primary grape variety used by Produttori del Barbaresco is Nebbiolo, indigenous to the Piedmont region. Nebbiolo produces wines with intense aromatics, high acidity, and firm tannins. The cooperative also has a small amount of Barbera and Dolcetto wines.

Produttori del Barbaresco focuses on traditional winemaking practices to preserve the authenticity and character of the Nebbiolo grape. The wines are fermented in large oak casks and undergo extended maceration to extract colour, flavour, and tannins. Ageing takes place in large Slavonian oak barrels for an extended period, allowing the wines to develop complexity and refinement.

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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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