Wines to Seek Out
Produttori del Barbaresco makes only Nebbiolo wines. Each year, the grapes go into a widely available Langhe Nebbiolo as well as the hallmark classic blend of plots, the Barbaresco. It used to be said that Produtorri del Barbaresco would release a Riserva "in only the best vintages." However, climate change in the area has meant that optimal ripening of the grapes is rarely a problem. It's more accurate now to say that in poor vintages, Produtorri del Barbaresco puts all of its energy in the multiple-vineyard blend by suspending the Riserva for the year. Riserva wines require an extra year of aging by law. Writing this now in winter 2022, the last 10 years of releases has only seen them skip the 2012 and 2010 vintages.
Produttori del Barbaresco Langhe Nebbiolo
Produttori del Barbaresco's Langhe Nebbiolo spends a mere five months in oak, and perfectly offers the ready-to-go, cherry-like fruit and earthy dimension that is the hallmark of the variety. Widely available, it is an easy gateway into the world of the Langhe and its iconic wines.
Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco
Want a sense for any vintage in Barbaresco's long history? Start with a bottle of this wine, the classic blend from throughout the zone, which each year reads like a carefully calibrated vintage report on the conditions. A recent tasting of the 2017 confirmed for me the winery's mastery, as it was a year that pushed high alcohol levels to extremes in some wines. But here, the alcohol was no more noticeable than the signature Nebbiolo aromas, the tightrope acidity or even the perfectly cotton-like tannins. File this wine under "Old Reliable."
Produttori del Barbaresco Ovello Barbaresco Riserva
The commune's largest cru vineyard is Ovello, a long ridge that extends to the north toward the Tanaro River, and which has a reputation for fruitiness and fullness when compared to the other cru vineyards. The wine from this vineyard also seems to bloom earlier than others, offering a delicious and tantalizing glimpse of Barbaresco's loveliness without too much of a wait.
Produttori del Barbaresco Asili Barbaresco Riserva
Asili is a bit like Barbaresco's version of Cannubi: it is the bellwether vineyard that offers everything the zone has got. In a way, it is the opposite of Ovello: shielded from the wind and facing the south, it always yields a wine of stern character that needs ample time in bottle to come around, regardless of the producer. Produttori del Barbaresco's version is undoubtedly one of the finest. Bold yet never flat-footed from its weight, it offers tasters a dizzying complexity.