Barolo/Barbaresco
 
 
The Produttori del Barbaresco bottle a set of single vineyard wines from the top sites in Barbaresco, except when they don’t. In which case, as so happened in 2010, the wines are simply declassified and blended into the Coop’s basic Barbaresco, which is not a terribly fair to characterize this wine. A classic example of Barbaresco and the vintage in the best sense of the word,. This is a great introduction to Barbaresco and while it is a wine that is accessible upon release it promises to improve for a decade with ease. 
 
 
I think I’ve written enough about Burlotto’s Monvigliero so I expect I am preaching to the choir here. It’s a very traditional wines that is foot trod, whole cluster fermented, macerated on the skins for 100 days and aged in large format wood. Coming from the top site in the village of Verduno, tucked away in the north western corner of the Barolo zone, it’s a wine that has escaped attention for years but is a stunning example of Nebbiolo. Elegant and rich, approachable early in its life and capable of improving for two decades, it delivers a beautiful expression of Nebbiolo redolent of strawberries, cinnamon spice, olive tapenade and hints of truffle and herbs. 
 
 
Here’s another little known producer turning out big time wines. Cascina delle Rose is a small family run winery with a very young winemaker, but don’t let that dissuade from trying the wines. They are fabulous. Gentle and delicate yet so complex and nuanced, they represent some of the best values in Barbaresco today. 
 
 
I’ve been a big fan of Brovia for quite some time, and the Rocche vineyard as well. When they come together you get one of the finest wines of the region. Classically austere and almost severe at times, Rocche is  one of the greatest vineyards in the region and Brovia’s interpretation is a wine for the ages. There’s plenty of fruit but the wine is linear, with it’s toughness well buffered by sweet herb and licorice tinged red fruits. It’s a wine that will reward cellaring and several decades of it in fact.
 
 
Mascarello’s Monprivato is a rarity in Piedmont. A single vineyard wine from a monopole. It’s a wine that can be underwhelming in its youth but when it matures it’s an explosion of power and elegance. Full on rose petals and strawberries laid over lovely limestone and herbal nuance. It has one of the greatest track records in all of Piedmont and remains a compelling value in the world of fine wine.