• Barbaresco "La Casa in Collina" DOCG 2016

      Barbaresco “La Casa in Collina” DOCG 2016

      Terre da Vino's colourful Barbaresco La Casa in Collina smells of withered flowers, sour cherries and tobacco. Highly balanced taste with excellent persistence. SUPERIORE.DE

      "Tasted blind. Deep ruby. Spice and stalks on the nose with ripe fruit shimmering underneath. Stalky, firm tannins and marasca cherry fruit. Plenty of substance but a little tough at the moment and with a slightly drying finish." Jancis Robinson

      "A more floral, fresher Barbaresco that shows bright blueberries, fresh herbs and fruit tea. Medium-bodied and fruity with a lithe backbone of tannins and a soft finish." James Suckling

      • Gambero Rosso:
      • Bibenda:
      • Luca Maroni:90 points
      • James Suckling:91 points
      • Jancis Robinson:16 points
      • Grape Variety: 100% Nebbiolo
      • Cultivation: conventional
      • Expansion: 12 months large wooden barrel
      • Development: wooden barrel
      • Vegan Clearing: yes
      • Filtration: yes
      • Alcohol Content: 14,00 % vol
      • Closure: Natural cork
      • Serving Temperature: 18-20 °C
      • Storage Potential: 2025+
      • Allergen Note: contains sulphites
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    • Barbaresco DOCG 2016

      Barbaresco DOCG 2016

      Bright ruby red with orange reflections. Fine bouquet of violets, forest soil and a balsamic camphor note. On the palate marasca cherry, some raspberry, liquorice and a mint note. Fresh acidity and the right amount of elegant tannins round off the lively and long final. SUPERIORE.DE

      "Tasted blind. Dark, deep ruby, concentrated, yet not without finesse and with hints of chalk on the nose. Ripe fruit bordering on the rich, but reined in by lively juicy acidity and a layer of grainy tannins. Intense and long and a little vibrant with bags of chewy tannins." Jancis Robinson

      "Fontanabianca presents a rich and full-bodied expression of Nebbiolo here in this classic vintage. The 2016 Barbaresco is enhanced with black fruit, spice, leather and tar, all rolled into one harmonious wine. There is beautiful texture here, with balanced and silky intensity to the end." Robert Parker

      "Aromas of new leather, iris, wet earth and perfumed berry meld together with crushed herbs and spices. The full-bodied, elegant palate delivers juicy Marasca cherry, black raspberry, white pepper and a hint of tobacco, while firm acidity and taut, fine-grained tannins lend ageworthy support and finesse." (Cellar Selection) Wine Enthusiast

      • Bibenda:
      • Veronelli :91 points
      • Robert Parker:93 points
      • Wine Enthusiast:94 points
      • Jancis Robinson:17 points
      • Grape Variety: 100% Nebbiolo
      • Cultivation: close to nature
      • Expansion: 12-15 months Tonneau/barrique
      • Development: partial barrique
      • Filtration: yes
      • Alcohol Content: 14,00 % vol
      • Closure: Natural cork
      • Serving Temperature: 18-20 °C
      • Storage Potential: 2026+
      • Allergen Note: contains sulphites
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    • Barbaresco Serraboella DOCG 2015

      Barbaresco Serraboella DOCG 2015

      Medium ruby red, fine rose bouquet with hints of tea and dried herbs. Beautiful black cherry aroma with well integrated wood note makes it a balanced and at no point obtrusive wine. The warm 2015 vintage also gives him a wonderful balance. SUPERIORE.DE

      "Mid to deep ruby with orange tinges. Cherry nose of real vigour. Generous palate and with a build-up of coating tannins and ripe, supple acidity. Already approachable." Jancis Robinson

      • Bibenda:
      • Veronelli :92 points
      • Jancis Robinson:16,5 points
      • Grape Variety: 100% Nebbiolo
      • Cultivation: close to nature
      • Expansion: 15 months Tonneau
      • Development: wooden barrel
      • Filtration: yes
      • Alcohol Content: 14,00 % vol
      • Closure: natural corks
      • Serving Temperature: 18-20 °C
      • Storage Potential: 2028+
      • Allergen Note: contains sulphites
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    • Barbaresco Serraboella DOCG 2016

      Barbaresco Serraboella DOCG 2016

      Medium ruby red, fine rose bouquet with hints of tea and dried herbs. Beautiful black cherry aroma with well integrated wood note makes it a balanced and at no point obtrusive wine. The 2016 climate also gave this Nebbiolo an impressive precision and straightforwardness. SUPERIORE.DE

      "Mid ruby with orange tinges. Deep, concentrated nose with a little lift and brooding intensity. Concentrated and long, yet convincingly balanced by integrated acidity and with a rich layer of sandy tannins. Good potential although this can be approached now." Jancis Robinson

      • Gambero Rosso:
      • Bibenda:
      • Veronelli :92 points
      • Jancis Robinson:16,5 points
      • Grape Variety: 100% Nebbiolo
      • Cultivation: close to nature
      • Expansion: 15 months Tonneau
      • Development: wooden barrel
      • Filtration: yes
      • Alcohol Content: 14,50 % vol
      • Closure: Natural cork
      • Serving Temperature: 18-20 °C
      • Storage Potential: 2030
      • Allergen Note: contains sulphites
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    • Barbaresco Bordini DOCG 2015

      Barbaresco Bordini DOCG 2015

      Cognos Barbaresco from the top vineyard Bordini is a centred and firm Nebbiolo, which is rather one of the stronger representatives of the appellation. However, it only reveals its great aromatic potential at second glance: Cherry, blackberry, hints of spices and a little freshly chopped mint. Then some speculoos, walnuts, salty tones and tobacco. Acidity and tannin form a perfect symbiosis and at the same time the backbone of this impressive Barbaresco, which will be a pleasure for many years. SUPERIORE.DE

      "A top note of mint augments the cherry, strawberry, eucalyptus and tar flavors in this austere red. Assertive tannins gird the finish, yet this remains long and finds equilibrium in the end." Wine Spectator

      "Aromas of cherries, cream and roses follow through to a medium body with beautifully depth of fruit and a long, fine tannin structure. Hard to not drink now. Better in 2020, but it’s already beautiful." James Suckling

      "Although Cogno are better known for their Barolos, they also produce a Barbaresco from 1ha in Neive. The nose is still muted, with discreet raspberry aromas. The palate is fresh, vibrant and concentrated, showing zest as well as weight. There's plenty of energy and drive here, followed by a long, forceful finish." Decanter

      "Compelling aromas of fragrant blue flower, red berry, crushed herb, new leather and tilled earth shape the nose. On the savory, full-bodied palate, taut, fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity frame flavors of ripe Marasca cherry, raspberry compote, licorice and tobacco. It's young but already boasts a fantastic combination of elegance and structure." Wine Enthusiast

      • Veronelli :90 points
      • Wine Spectator :92 points
      • James Suckling:93 points
      • Wine Enthusiast:94 points
      • Decanter :93 points
      • Grape Variety: 100% Nebbiolo
      • Cultivation: close to nature
      • Expansion: 24 months large Slavonian barrel
      • Development: wooden barrel
      • Filtration: yes
      • Alcohol Content: 14,50 % vol
      • Closure: natural corks
      • Serving Temperature: 18-20 °C
      • Storage Potential: 2028
      • Allergen Note: contains sulphites
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    • Barbaresco Bordini DOCG 2016

      Barbaresco Bordini DOCG 2016

      Cognos Barbaresco from the top Bordini vineyard is a centred and firm Nebbiolo, which is rather one of the more powerful representatives of the appellation. However, it reveals its great aroma potential only at second glance: Cherry, blackberry, hints of spices and a little freshly chopped mint. Then some Spekulatius, walnut, salty tones and tobacco. Acidity and tannin form a perfect symbiosis and at the same time the backbone of this impressive Barbaresco, which will give pleasure for many years. SUPERIORE.DE

      "Even at a relatively spritely age, the 2016 Barbaresco Bordini is showing some carefully evolved notes and a subdued style. The wine feels well contoured and shaped with softened layers of bramble and wild berry. There is bright elegance and grace here. Pair it with some mild goat or sheep milk cheeses, such as robiola." Robert Parker

      "The 2016 Barbaresco Bordini is a classy, polished wine. This is an especially gracious wine from Bordini, where the Barbarescos are often bigger. Sweet spice, tobacco, menthol, licorice and cloves add lovely shades of nuance. Dark in its expression and also tightly wound, the 2016 is very nicely done." Vinous

      "Rose, cherry and licorice aromas and flavors are accented by leather, tobacco and spice in this focused and complex red. Balanced, but the dusty tannins will need a year or two to integrate." Wine Spectator

      "A ripe but balanced and very impressive Barbaresco. The first indications of this are the intense strawberry essence, leather, dried red plums and pretty, lifted orange rind. Beautifully mouth-filling and complex in the palate, drawing together strands of ripe tannin and flavorful fruit. Powerful on the robust but well articulated finish." James Suckling

      "Camphor, dark spice, wild herbs and woodland berry aromas shape the nose. On the focused palate, bright acidity and taut, refined tannins accompany crushed raspberry, juicy Marasca cherry and star anise. Mint and orange zest notes give depth to the finish." Wine Enthusiast

      • Robert Parker:92 points
      • Vinous:92 points
      • Wine Spectator :94 points
      • James Suckling:94 points
      • Wine Enthusiast:95 points
      • Grape Variety: 100% Nebbiolo
      • Cultivation: close to nature
      • Expansion: 12-14 months large wooden barrel
      • Development: wooden barrel
      • Filtration: no
      • Alcohol Content: 14,50 % vol
      • Total Extract: 27,40 g/l
      • Total Acid: 5,32 g/l
      • Residual Sugar: 0,30 g/l
      • Sulfite: 64 mg/l
      • ph-Value: 3,55
      • Closure: Natural cork
      • Serving Temperature: 18-20 °C
      • Storage Potential: 2029+
      • Allergen Note: contains sulphites
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    • Barbaresco DOCG 2016

      Barbaresco DOCG 2016

      In a deep, lively ruby to garnet red the Barbaresco shows itself with the extensive Bouquet of red fruits and pastries and a mineral touch. Its taste is convincing due to its rich, solid structure and continuous development, which ends in a long-winded, fragrant final. The leading winegrowers' cooperative in Italy already shows every year with its basic Barbaresco what it and its members are capable of. Complimenti! SUPERIORE.DE

      "Tasted blind. Youthful looking mid ruby. Iron, oats and lifted sweet, rich fruit. Bags of ripe cherry on the palate but nothing out of kilter or overdone. Tannic layer under generous sweet-sour cherry fruit. Embryonic and with plenty of stuffing." Jancis Robinson

      "Cherry, tar and menthol flavors mark this rich, silky red. Even more expansive on the palate, building to a long, complex aftertaste. Beautifully balanced, this picks up a minerally accent on the finish." Wine Spectator

      "The 2016 Barbaresco is a stunning wine with tremendous richness for this bottling. Ample, deep and powerful, the 2016 exudes pedigree and class from start to finish. I can't remember a straight Barbaresco here with this much fruit density and unctuous richness, and yet there is more than enough tannin and overall structure to give the wine its classically leaning feel. A blast of sweet red cherry fruit, tobacco, menthol licorice and smoke hits the potent finish. What a wine!" Vinous

      "Enticing aromas of violet, woodland berry, loose vineyard soil, wild mint and a hint of spearmint shape the intensely fragrant nose. The tense, young palate is still nervous but already boasts finesse, showing wild raspberry, crunchy red cherry, white pepper and star anise. Firm, refined tannins and racy acidity give it a linear, almost austere elegance, while bright acidity keeps it focused and balanced." (Cellar Selection) Wine Enthusiast

      "The 2016 Barbaresco is a tight and beautiful wine that will require more time to unwind and soften. This beautifully balanced vintage is characterized by a tight inner core of fruit that underlines the graceful aging capacity of these wines. The 2016 is shaping up to be one destined for long cellar aging. Now in its youth, the wine offers wild berry, rose and licorice aromas." Robert Parker

      • Doctor Wine:95 points
      • Robert Parker:95 points
      • Vinous:94 points
      • Wine Spectator :93 points
      • Wine Enthusiast:95 points
      • Jancis Robinson:17 points
      • Grape Variety: 100% Nebbiolo
      • Cultivation: close to nature
      • Expansion: 20 months large wooden barrel
      • Vegan Clearing: yes
      • Development: wooden barrel
      • Filtration: yes
      • Alcohol Content: 14,50 % vol
      • Total Extract: 28,15 g/l
      • Total Acid: 5,82 g/l
      • Residual Sugar: 0,95 g/l
      • Sulfite: 62 mg/l
      • ph-Value: 3,35
      • Closure: Natural cork
      • Serving Temperature: 18-20 °C
      • Storage Potential: 2028
      • Allergen Note: contains sulphites
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    • Barbaresco Bordini DOCG 2016

      Barbaresco Bordini DOCG 2016

      Medium deep ruby red with orange reflections. Wonderful bouquet of fine sour cherry and strawberry compote with restrained oak spice. Complex and juicy on the palate with a potpourri of dark fruits, framed by a fine-grained tannin. Well structured, it leads into an interesting, long finish. SUPERIORE.DE

      "Deep ruby with orange tinges. Closed and not showing much on the nose except for faint, sweet hints. Youthful and tightly built palate but with plenty of fruit on the finish. Gripping tannins that then melt on the finish." Jancis Robinson

      "Underbrush, balsamic notes, new leather and rose aromas lead the nose. Tight and assertive, the linear, full-bodied palate offers dried cherry, licorice and espresso framed in firm acidity and youthfully austere, close-grained tannins that leave a tight, rather austere finish. Give this time to fully unwind and open up." Wine Enthusiast

      "The Fontanabianca 2016 Barbaresco Bordini is a very soft and accessible expression of Nebbiolo that shows some ripe fruit softness with bold cherry notes followed by spice, tobacco and tar. The wine delivers a very tightly knit texture, yet it is surprisingly forthcoming and generous at the same time. It's another great Barbaresco for grilled meats." Robert Parker

      • Bibenda:
      • Veronelli :94 points
      • Vinibuoni:
      • Robert Parker:93+ points
      • Wine Enthusiast:92 points
      • Jancis Robinson:16,5 points
      • Grape Variety: 100% Nebbiolo
      • Cultivation: close to nature
      • Expansion: 15 months used barrique
      • Development: Barrique
      • Filtration: yes
      • Alcohol Content: 14,50 % vol
      • Residual Sugar: 1,15 g/l
      • Sulfite: 76 mg/l
      • ph-Value: 3,48
      • Closure: Natural cork
      • Serving Temperature: 18-20 °C
      • Storage Potential: 2033+
      • Allergen Note: contains sulphites
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    • Barbaresco "Bordini" DOCG 2016

      Barbaresco “Bordini” DOCG 2016

      The bouquet shows dark fruits, nuances of spices, tar, liquorice and wild berries. The mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a long-lasting and silky texture. Here comes a Nebbiolo that radiates character and personality. Barbaresco Vigneto Bordini is a precise interpretation of the grape, drawing with ease a fine line between elegance and power. SUPERIORE.DE

      "Mid to deep ruby. Exotic, lifted nose with raspberry and passion fruit. Super-bright raspberry palate with bags of sweet, coating (oak?) tannins. Very unusual yet succulent and intriguing. This probably just needs more time in the bottle." Jancis Robinson

      "This Barbaresco is of a thicker and darker concentration than the others within this set of new releases, with ripe cherry fruit and dark berries that lift immediately from the glass. But the 2016 Barbaresco Vigneto Bordini is thinner and less consequential in the mouth than I had expected from the appearance. This is a very linear and streamlined approach that could accompany a tenderloin carpaccio with arugula, shaved Parmesan and extra virgin olive oil." Robert Parker

      "A uniquely pretty nose with plenty of peach tea, persimmon and earl grey tea. Medium to full body, round and generous tannins and a orange-coated finish." James Suckling

      "Violet, raspberry and juniper flavors mark this elegant yet firmly structured Barbaresco. Hints of earth, iron and eucalyptus add detail as this tightens up on the finish. Decant now or cellar." Wine Spectator

      • Bibenda:
      • Veronelli :93 points
      • Doctor Wine:92 points
      • Robert Parker:92 points
      • Wine Spectator :93 points
      • James Suckling:93 points
      • Jancis Robinson:17 points
      • Grape Variety: 100% Nebbiolo
      • Cultivation: close to nature
      • Expansion: 16 to 18 months new barrique
      • Development: Barrique
      • Filtration: no
      • Alcohol Content: 14,50 % vol
      • Total Acid: 5,65 g/l
      • Residual Sugar: 1,15 g/l
      • Sulfite: 92 mg/l
      • ph-Value: 3,42
      • Closure: Natural cork
      • Serving Temperature: 18-20 °C
      • Storage Potential: 2032
      • Allergen Note: contains sulphites
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    • Barbaresco "Bordini" DOCG 2017

      Barbaresco “Bordini” DOCG 2017

      The bouquet shows dark fruits, nuances of spices, tar, liquorice and wild berries. The mouthfeel is soft and supple with a persistent and silky texture. Here comes a Nebbiolo that exudes character and personality. Barbaresco Vigneto Bordini is a precise interpretation of the grape, drawing with ease a fine line between elegance and power. SUPERIORE.DE

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      The 2016 vintage received the following awards:

      • Bibenda:
      • Veronelli :93 points
      • Doctor Wine:92 points
      • Robert Parker:92 points
      • Wine Spectator :93 points
      • James Suckling:93 points
      • Jancis Robinson:17 points
      • Grape Variety: 100% Nebbiolo
      • Cultivation: close to nature
      • Expansion: 16 to 18 months new barrique
      • Development: Barrique
      • Filtration: no
      • Alcohol Content: 14,50 % vol
      • Total Extract: 32,55 g/l
      • Total Acid: 5,58 g/l
      • Residual Sugar: 1,25 g/l
      • Sulfite: 88 mg/l
      • ph-Value: 3,45
      • Closure: Natural cork
      • Serving Temperature: 18-20 °C
      • Storage Potential: 2033+
      • Allergen Note: contains sulphites
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    • Barbaresco Montestefano Riserva DOCG 2015

      Barbaresco Montestefano Riserva DOCG 2015

      Montestefano Riserva 2015 is exquisite and harmonious from start to finish. Among the 2015s of the Produttori, it is the one that best hides its tannins, as the fruit is intensely fragrant, rich and seductive. For us it is a synthesis of Montefico, Ovello and Rabajà. Today, Montestefano gives the feeling of being relatively accessible, but it will almost certainly go through a few closure phases until it opens up completely. On the nose it surprises us with an almost endless complexity and depth. Its silky, polished tannins give an impression of sensual elegance. Crushed meadow flowers, mint, liquorice and dark red cherries are just some of the notes that envelop the deep, long finish. Fabulous! SUPERIORE.DE

      "The 2015 Barbaresco Riserva Montestefano rounds out this series of wines from Produttori del Barbaresco. Ample and resonant on the palate, the Montestefano shows all the natural breadth that is so typical of this site. On the palate, the Montestefano is rich and explosive, with tremendous depth and fabulous overall balance. Dark cherry, plum, espresso, licorice and spice build into the dark, sumptuous finish." Vinous

      "Balsamic aromas of camphor mingle with mature dark-skinned berry, leather, licorice and vanilla on this structured red. The full-bodied palate reflects the nose, delivering raspberry compote, star anise, crushed mint and hazelnut alongside firm, fine-grained tannins. Drink after 2023." Wine Enthusiast

      • Vinous:94 points
      • Wine Enthusiast:94 points
      • Grape Variety: 100% Nebbiolo
      • Cultivation: close to nature
      • Expansion: 36 months large wooden barrel
      • Vegan Clearing: yes
      • Development: wooden barrel
      • Filtration: no
      • Alcohol Content: 14,50 % vol
      • Total Extract: 31,00 g/l
      • Total Acid: 5,65 g/l
      • Residual Sugar: 1,30 g/l
      • Sulfite: 44 mg/l
      • ph-Value: 3,46
      • Closure: Natural cork
      • Serving Temperature: 18-20 °C
      • Storage Potential: 2033+
      • Allergen Note: contains sulphites
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    • Barbaresco Rio Sordo Riserva DOCG 2015

      Barbaresco Rio Sordo Riserva DOCG 2015

      Rio Sordo Riserva is particularly dense, rich and balanced. In the bouquet roses, spices and raspberries. On the palate it is very complex and of wonderful depth. The floral notes right up to the final make this feminine Barbaresco Riserva irresistible even at a young age. SUPERIORE.DE

      "The 2015 Barbaresco Riserva Rio Sordo comes across as quite powerful and dense today. A few months ago it was more refined, but today I get the impression of a wine that is growing in bottle. As always, the Rio Sordo is a Barbaresco of textural suaveness and early appeal, relative to the more structured wines in this range. Spice, new leather, tobacco and cedar meld into the supple, resonant finish." Vinous

      "Dark-skinned berry, camphor, rose and crushed stone aromas shape the nose along with a whiff of pipe tobacco. The aromas carry on to the structured, full-bodied palate along with juicy Marasca cherry and licorice. Firm, fine-grained tannins provide support." Wine Enthusiast

      • Vinous:92 points
      • Wine Enthusiast:96 points
      • Grape Variety: 100% Nebbiolo
      • Cultivation: close to nature
      • Expansion: 36 months large wooden barrel
      • Vegan Clearing: yes
      • Development: wooden barrel
      • Filtration: no
      • Alcohol Content: 14,50 % vol
      • Total Extract: 29,70 g/l
      • Total Acid: 5,77 g/l
      • Residual Sugar: 1,30 g/l
      • Sulfite: 46 mg/l
      • ph-Value: 3,43
      • Closure: Natural cork
      • Serving Temperature: 18-20 °C
      • Storage Potential: 2033+
      • Allergen Note: contains sulphites
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    Things to know about
    Barbaresco
     
    Barbaresco

    First mentioned in writing in 1799, it quickly attracted the attention of international wine connoisseurs: the great garnet red Barbaresco. The vineyards of the DOCG of the same name in Piedmont - more precisely in the Langhe in the province of Cuneo - begin at the north-eastern foothills of the truffle town of Alba and extend over the territory of the three municipalities of Barbaresco, Treiso and Neive. It is a small, manageable cultivation area: hardly more than three million bottles are produced here every year. The Barbaresco cannot be explained without referring to the Barolo, because the latter has the longer tradition, the larger cultivation area and the somewhat stricter rules. Another special feature is that the Langhe 2014 was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site as a land of milk and honey for connoisseurs.

    The Barbaresco is made exclusively from Nebbiolo grapes. The vineyards of wine producers such as Angelo Gaja, Bruno Giacosa, Elvio Cogno, La Spinetta, Pelissero or the Produttori di Barbaresco winegrowers' cooperative are generally a little lower than those around Barolo and have slightly lighter, sandier soils which also contain more copper and zinc. The climate in the Barbaresco DOCG is somewhat warmer and drier than in the neighbouring Denomination, so that the plants reach their full maturity a little earlier.

    The Nebbiolo grape is one of the greatest native grapes of Italy and is characterized by a distinctive acidity. Their shells release many tannins, which are initially hard and angular. Nevertheless, Barbaresco's long-lived wines, which are somewhat earlier to drink than Barolo's, are on average less lavish, but are generally finer, more delicate, more elegant and more supple. Most drops have more charm because they are more characterized by a soft fruit than by tannin. However, those who wanted to deduce from this that Barbaresco, often mentioned in the same breath as Barolo and Brunello, is of lesser importance would be subject to a great error, especially since some producers also produce wines in a powerful style that can stand up to the two competitors in opulence and heaviness.

    The festive wine from the Langhe can be very well combined with food. Barbaresco is a very good accompaniment to strong cheeses, roasts and game dishes. The growths are traditionally aged in large old oak and chestnut barrels in which they must mature for at least one year before being bottled after at least two years - often four years - of ageing. Then the plants, which originate mainly from good years, often continue to develop in the bottle for another decade before they show all their strength, volume and elegance. The generally milder nature of Barbaresco made considerations about how to make wines drinkable earlier less compelling than in Barolo. But Barbaresco has also experimented with shorter fermentation times and shorter maturation in new oak, achieving amazing results.

    A visit to Barbaresco must begin with Angelo Gaja. Italy's best-known winemaker helped the wine, which has had DOCG status since 1980, to its international breakthrough when in 1961 he decided to press his drops exclusively with his own grapes and no longer buy any fruit from other producers. After that he caused a sensation when some of his wines "downgraded" and only as Langhe put Nebbiolo in the bottle. However, this has not affected the fame and also the price development of his wines - quite the contrary. In the past 30 years, many small quality-conscious wineries have been established. The winegrowers have remained conservative to this day. Although absolute peak levels around the 700-people village of Barbaresco are reached by fewer drops than in Barolo, the best can certainly compete with the products of the neighbouring region, so that the often-heard designation "Barbaresco" is often used. "little brother of Barolo" is actually only based on the price difference that still exists. SUPERIORE.DE