2017 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Montestefano #173036677


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Reviews 96 points Wine Advocate "...darkly concentrated and among the richest wines in this series of single-vineyard Riservas. Montestefano is angular, textured and bold with dark fruit aromas, dried blackberry, toasted almond and cured tobacco. With this vintage, you get an age-worthy wine that offers brawn and power for drinking in the medium term, but it will become increasingly silky and slender with time. Dusty tannins and crushed stone appear on the long finish. (ML)" Jancis Robinson "Lustrous ruby with orange tinges. A little dusty at first and a little brooding with deep ripe cherry fruit and hints of dried cherry and damson. Very slow to open up. Succulent and focused cherry fruit palate filled out with bags of fine, gravelly tannins. Majestic structure and plenty of juice on the finish, while it can be approached now. (WS)"

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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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