2016 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Ovello #173036669


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Based on 17 reviews on Cellartracker.com

Reviews 96 points Wine Advocate "The Ovello is quite sharp and defined in terms of its aromas of wild cherry, dried violet and powdered licorice. Those mineral tones are very clear in this classic vintage. However, the Ovello finishes on a slightly softer note (compared to the Paje) with a finer and more approachable tannin. (ML)" 97 points Vinous "The 2016 Barbaresco Riserva Ovello is the most severe and angular of these wines. It will appeal most to die-hard classicists. Chalk, white pepper, mint and sweet red cherry fruit all grace this chiseled, beautifully translucent Barbaresco. As always, the Ovello needs a number of years in bottle to reveal its charms, which in 2016 are many. It is a positively stellar wine in every way. (AG)" 93 points John Gilman "The bouquet is deep, pure and shows a lovely touch of early sappiness in its constellation of red and black cherries, licorice, gamebird, violets, a superb base of soil tones, woodsmoke and a lovely, pungent topnote of fresh oregano (like your fingers smell when you harvest some from your garden right before dinner). On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very precise and transparent in personality, with a superb core of fruit, ripe, buried tannins, tangy acids and impeccable focus and grip on the long and nascently complex finish. (JG)"

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Aldo Vacca, director of Produttori del Barbaresco

About Produttori del Barbaresco

Produttori del Barbaresco, under the astute leadership of Aldo Vacca, truly personifies a blend of tradition and modernization in winemaking. Originating from the dedicated efforts of nine Barbaresco landowners, including Vacca's great-grandfather, this cooperative has grown to encompass about sixty members, all bound by their commitment to the excellence of viticulture and winemaking practices.

The cooperative's vineyards are uniquely positioned on steep slopes, with soils exhibiting a varied mix of clay and limestone, each contributing to the wines' distinctive character. Each plot within the Barbaresco DOCG, which the cooperative staunchly adheres to for their plantings, is known for its unique expression of Nebbiolo.

Ovello, Montefico, and Montestefano are situated in the north of the village, offering robust wines characterized by strong tannins and rich flavors of meat and earth. Positioned more centrally in Barbaresco are Pajé and Muncagota. These sites provide a balance of intensity and elegance, producing wines with exceptional aromatics.

The south-facing trio of Asili, Rabajà, and Pora are nestled below these sites. Asili, one of the smaller crus, delivers a striking minerality with a fruit profile that only unveils its depth with age. Rabajà, offering the most complex soils and the highest elevation, births wines that are full-bodied and teeming with black fruit flavors. Pora, often more accessible and inviting in its youth, has remarkable aging potential, evolving in depth and complexity over the years.

Last but not least, Rio Sordo, extending to the southern edge of the village, consistently proffers more contemplative wines. These wines are marked by their pronounced earthiness, exuding notes of truffle and game.

A combination of judicious vineyard management, modern equipment, and skilled winemaking ensures that these unique terroir characteristics are preserved and expressed in the wines. With a minimalistic approach towards the use of oak and a focused extraction process, Produttori del Barbaresco's wines reflect the purity and complexity of Nebbiolo.

Their single vineyard wines are the epitome of Barbaresco's diverse terroir. The democratic structure of the cooperative allows for the selection of the best grapes each vintage, crafting wines that are truly representative of the region's distinct terroirs.

Produttori del Barbaresco's wines, under Aldo Vacca's guidance, have successfully straddled the delicate balance between tradition and modernization. They offer a pure expression of the Piedmont terroir, and despite Barbaresco often playing second fiddle to Barolo, these wines stand as undeniable evidence that this region can produce wines of exceptional quality and unmatched value. They are truly treasures worth collecting and savoring.

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