‘It’s hard to overstate how thrilling a tasting this was,’ wrote Jamie Goode earlier this yearabout an evening spent tasting Piedmont wines from the 1960s. The tasting included a number of Produttori…

It’s hard to overstate how thrilling a tasting this was,’ wrote Jamie Goode earlier this yearabout an evening spent tasting Piedmont wines from the 1960s. The tasting included a number of Produttori del Barbarescos from 1967, which was the first year this 120-year-old co-operative produced their single-vineyard Riserva wines.

Remarkably fresh, elegant and composed at 51 years old, it’s hard to believe how inexpensive these surreal, long-ageing, old-school beauties are. Often quoted as being the greatest red wine co-operative in the world, Produttori’s 56 farmers still deliver their fruit to the old winery on the Barbaresco hill and the winemaking has hardly changed over the decades. Today, it produces one 6th of the appellation’s wines.

The Produttori del Barbaresco wines are some of Wine Cellar’s favourites and they produce ridiculously good wines at every level. The Langhe Nebbiolo 2016 is ‘possibly the greatest value red wine in Piedmont,’ writes Greg Sherwood MW and it will drink well for a decade or more.

The 2014 vintage has been maligned throughout much of Italy, but Barbaresco may very well turn out to be a bright spot,’ writes Italian wine aficionado Antonio Galloni of Vinous, and the ‘2014 is one of the finest editions of the straight Barbaresco.’ The Produttori Barbaresco 2014 is made in a wonderfully classic, terroir-driven and long-ageing style.

Sadly, we can only offer one Riserva from 2013, which was a cracking vintage for Produttori. The Barbaresco Pora Riserva 2013 is ‘an especially powerful, brooding edition of the Pora’ according to Antonio and there is a good chance it will offer a thrilling experience in 2064…

Later in the year, we will be receiving a small allocation of all the 2014 Riservas. Please email me at Roland@winecellar.co.za to register your interest.

Tasting Notes:

Produttori del Barbaresco, Barbaresco 2014 – R 495
To be released in September, the 2014 Barbaresco is a beautiful wine that encompasses the important qualities that we look for in fine Nebbiolo. Ultimately, this is the kind of vintage that transfers best to the delicate grape. It saw a long growing season (Nebbiolo loves a late harvest) and steep diurnal temperature shifts to lock in the freshness of aromas. The mouthfeel is a bit thinner in texture, but it delivers plenty of beautiful length and endurance instead. It offers crisp tones of cherry fruit with licorice, wet earth and blue flowers. The line of Barbaresco Riserva wines from the various single vineyards will be made in 2014 (and will be released in early 2018). – Wine Advocate, 94/100

Produttori del Barbaresco, Barbaresco Pora Riserva 2013 – R 725
A rich, cherry- and floral-scented red, effusive in aroma, with the core of cherry prevailing on the palate. Though fleshy, this gives way to firm tannins that line the lingering aftertaste. Inviting and full of energy, so decant now or wait. – Wine Spectator, 95/100

Produttori del Barbaresco, Nebbiolo Langhe 2016 – R 295
This is a super attractive 100% Nebbiolo wine sourced from DOCG certified Barbaresco vineyards. Grapes were picked from both younger vines, lower aspect sites and vineyard spots that don’t quite meet the high standards of the Produttori Barbaresco co-operative. There are beautiful aromatics of sappy red cherry, red liquorice, star anise and tarry spice. The palate is gorgeously pure, finely poised and elegantly harmonious. It seems almost inconceivable that a wine so attractive can cost less the £20. It possesses such wonderful core focus and finishes with tender, sleek fine grained tannins and deliciously fresh mouth watering acids. Such a pleasure to drink and impressively, you’d never detect the 14.5 alcohol such is it’s cool, polished refinement. A truly tantalising release. Drink now to 2026+. – Greg Sherwood, 92+/100


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