Produttori del Barbaresco

In 2010 will bottle only Torre since the vintage is light, very aromatic and fresh but lacking backbone so the base wine needed the structure and depth of the crus. In 1995 they made single vineyards but the Torre turned out sharp and lean and really was the turning point for producing only the single torre bottling in edge case years.  

2011 Produttori del Barbaresco Langhe Nebbiolo

Very aromatic and really compelling on the nose with explosive wild berries, balsamic spices, cinnamon, and a gentle mintiness. On entry this is intense ripe, fresh and complex with lovely, lightly chewy and fresh fruit in the mouth supported by ripe tannins and nice acidity. This is Barbaresco quality wine, a huge Langhe Nebbiolo on the palate packed with  fresh herbal top. notes over masses of ripe fresh balsamic, cranberry and strawberry flavors. the finish is a bit of a let down, a bit short but perfumed with rose petals and bay leaf. Time might add more to the finish but this is already exciting to drink. 89pts

2010 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco “Torre"

Includes the crus

With a soft mineral laced nose, this turns quite floral in the glass picking up and hints of spice, underbrush, blood, herb and soil. Almost sweet on entry and showing fresh wild berry and blood orange, with a contrasting dash of bitter grapefruit pith and some slightly medicinal edges, this displays  lovely balance and freshness in an elegant style with slightly grainy tannins and a little bite of acidity on the wild cherry rich finish. Elegant, and refined, this is very pretty and will show well young and age well for twenty years. In a way it feel like 2008 Barolo, with excellent clarity and balance, and while qualitatively this is about at the same level as the 2009 and 2008 vintages I prefer this. 90pts

2009 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco “Torre”

High toned nose on the nose with edgy camphor, balsamic, rose petal, and black currant tinted cherry and raspberry fruit. Broad, a perhaps a little soft and chewy on the palate this is  weighty and deep with nice balsamic rose petal tones to the dark red wild berry fruit which shows some light astringency and a hint of orange peel. Long yet quite tannic on the finish, and showing fine sandalwood and cinnamon accents,  this has a soft sweetness but none of the over ripeness one finds in Barolo in 2009. 90pts

2008 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco “Torre”

With a sweet herb tinged nose, this opens to show soil and spiced cherry fruit over a base of limestone. Additional air brings out a little briar, coffee and an Asian spice note. Broad and open, and almost ready to go in the mouth this is showing off fresh lively fruit supported by soft tannins and good acidity adding attractive cut on the palate.  A bit less well defined  on the back end,which carries with it some quite ripe fruit flavors that leads to a moderately long finish that shows soft, chewy tannins, Riper than 2010, this is a fairly big and slightly flamboyant wine. 90pts

2009 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Ovello

Sweet raspberry fruit greets the nose along with  an strong leathery edge, dried herb notes and a touch of chamomile with high toned dried balsamic top notes. Firmly focused in the mouth with nice early acids adding a bit of cut and quite good clarity in the mouth. There is lovely definition to the cranberry/lingonberry toned tart cherry fruit that has a nice balsamic edge all supported by finely ripe tannins. With a  bit of licorice on the finish this turns chewy with tannins that close things down a bit though this does end with an elegant, floral inner mouth perfume. 92pts

2009 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Montestefano

Big, deep, wooly and earthy on the nose full of coffee tinged dark cherry that shows an attractive hint of torrefaction and gentle hints of blackberry all topped with hints of balsam and pollen. Really gorgeous on the nose. Powerful yet finely defined in the mouth with good clarity to the rich, slightly blocky blackberry fruit that is long and persistent in the mouth with a clear and intense mineral base. This really is lovely with a fantastic nose but it comes off as just a bit simple on the palate though it is packed with fresh, crisp fruit. This finishes with admirable power and it is a big wine, though so very young but with age this should blossom beautifully. 93pts

2008 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Ovello

Lovely purity of fragrance that is sweet and slightly candied with detailed cranberry and strawberry with hints of soil, graham cracker, and dried green herb adding detail. With big fruit on entry,this has a bit of a soft, broad and mouth filling feel to it, delivering super fresh fruit framed by nice mineral and dried herb tones in the mouth, though with less aromatic intensity than the 09. There’s nice tension on the  backend and this finishes a touch short but with good freshness. 91pts

2008 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Montestefano

Wow this has a gorgeous nose, sweet and lightly fudgy,  tarry and full of dark oily spice notes wrapped in a touch of animal and toastiness. In the mouth this is powerful, a touch dense but not weighty, and chewy with tannin and excellent freshness of dark cherry fruit flecked with mineral and balsamic accent notes. The balance is terrific here and this shows an added level of refinement with tons of ripe tannins on the finish which shows off very ripe strawberry and raspberry fruit. A powerhouse to be sure, this should turn out to be stunning. 94pts

2008 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Montefico

Aldo's pick of the vintage

Tight and  restrained on the nose with lots of cinnamon, a bit of bay leaf, still tight with floral top notes, a hint of jerky and menthol, and a sneaky rosebud top note. With a lovely blend of freshness and power in the mouth, this is complex and detailed, showing tension in the mouth while delivering a  broad palate impression. There’s an incipient hint of fungi adding complexity to the small wild cherry, strawberry fruit that picks up some black spice on the finish but maintains fine transparency from the start through the long finish. Seamless and firm with classic tannic structure, this is quite fine. 93pts

2008 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Paje

Spicy, tight, refined and focused on the nose with a little sweetly smoky, mesquite and hickory tone which is followed by  mineral and  candied herb notes that take on a bit of a cola elements. Fairly ripe and a bit soft in the mouth, this is a little chewy with lots of red fruit early on the palate then a bit of spiciness on the mid-palate but this lacks a bit of tension in the mouth with a loose knit structure and intriguing dried herb notes on the finish.  this lacks a touch of tension in the mouth, lots of fruit up front, the a bit of spiciness, easy with some tannins and chaparral herb flavors on the finish. 90pts