Updated: Jan 15
Produttori del Barbaresco
Barbaresco 2016 DOCG
I chose this nectar in magnum to kick off the battle of the first Christmas lunch of 2019. It is a 100% Nebbiolo (sorry, but somebody may not know this fact), a black grape with high level of tannins and acidity, but little colour. By law, Barbaresco DOCG must be aged for two years before release, with nine months in oak. This nectar fermented 30 days on the skin at 28C in stainless steel tanks, with pumping over 2/3 times per days. Then it aged for 24 months in large oak casks, and then it has been bottled in March 2019. The producer suggests that this can be aged for the next 30 years. If you are patient, then let me know in 30 years time, otherwise: Salute!
In the glass the wine has a ruby colour with some garnet shades. The intensity is medium to pale.
The aromas intensity is medium plus. It is a triumph of red fruits, especially strawberry. There is a light fragrance of rose, some refreshing balsamic notes and a vibrant black pepper perfume. The 24 months in oak donates notes of cedar, charred wood, vanilla, cloves and a touch of dark chocolate. The tertiaries are quite virile: a fine leather, a Kentuckian tobacco flavour and a hit of farmyard.
In the mouth, the wine is dry with a high level of acidity and high tannins. But the astringency is very polite. The alcohol is high (i.e. 14.5%), but it does not burn at all. Already at the first sip, the wine looks incredible round and smooth. On the palate, the red fruits are more intense, with the red cherry lasting an eternity. The vanilla and ripe sour cherry make the aromatic pallet so succulent. The tertiaries are really feeble. The freshness of primaries dominates. The flavour intensity and the finish are long.
The wine is well made. It is balanced and has a good flavour intensity and lasting. It is still a bit young. It needs more years to develop the tertiary aroma and become more complex. But despite its youth, the wine is already pure pleasure. It is perfect by its own (a friend of mine that usually drinks only whites, loves this nectar), but even better to wash down pecorino cheese with black truffle and capocollo of Martina Franca. But it behaved really well also with my opulent lasagne.