Barbaresco Wine

 

Barbaresco is one of the noble wines of Piedmont, in northwest Italy. It has a history dating back centuries, though it has drastically changed in style. Through the Middle Ages and Renaissance, it was fashionable for wines to have a touch of frothy sweetness. Although Nebbiolo has always been the base for Barbaresco, grapes such as Moscatello and Passeretto were blended in for this effect. 
 
Enter Domizio Cavazza, the proclaimed “Father of Barbaresco,” who became the first director of the Enological School of Alba (Italy’s oldest) in 1888. In 1894 he founded the first official Barbaresco cooperative with local landowners, and began producing the wine in the single varietal, dry style that we know and love. 
 
In 1933, the Barbaresco zone was officially delineated, and it became DOC in 1966, achieving DOCG, the superior status, in 1980. The four villages of Barbaresco are located in the Langhe along the Tanaro river and consist of Barbaresco, Nieve Read more »

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  • Barbera

    History of the grape: Barbera is a native to the Piedmont, where it has been growing for centuries, and is now the fo...

  • Vermentino

    History of the grape: Little concrete history is known about Vermentino except that it has recently been identified a...

  • Cortese

    Cortese is a minor grape grown in the Piedmont region of Italy, used to make that region’s dry white wine known as ‘G...

  • Corvina

    History of the grape: There are 6th century written documents by Cassiodoro, a magistrate of Visigoth King Theodorus,...

  • Nebbiolo

    History of the grape: Two schools of thought exist as to the origins of Nebbiolo (which means “little fog” either for...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

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  • Bruno Giacosa

    The story starts in a simple way, with the native varietals of the Langa and Roero regions and...

  • Marchesi di Gresy

    Alberto di Grésy was born in Milan on June 1, 1952, where he completed his studies and graduated ...

  • Adriano Marco e Vittorio

    The “AZIENDA AGRICOLA ADRIANO MARCO e VITTORIO” farm is a family-run company, situated in the hea...

  • Ada Nada

    It all began long ago in 1919, when granfather Carlo bought a farmhouse in the Rombone hamlet...

  • San Silvestro

    The “Cantine San Silvestro” is located in the territory of the Commune of Novello. It mainly prod...

  • Cantina Monti

    Located at Monforte d'Alba, in the heart of the Langhe hills, the estate was founded in 1996, wh...

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Barbaresco on Snooth

  • Azienda Bricco Asili 2004

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    Sweet, smoky wood on the nose with some nice, gentle herbal undertones accenting the ripe fruit tones. Soft in the mouth, elegantly styled but lacking much depth or follow through and ultimately fairly soft and fairly ready. 85pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Ceretto Barbaresco Asij DOCG 2005

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    Tight with underlying mineral, licorice and medicinal tones lying under nice ripe fruit that gains a bit too much sweetness from the butterscotchy oak notes. A bit simple in the mouth with fruit that is a bit chunky and again oak sweetened if fresh and rich. 87pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Ceretto Barbaresco Asij DOCG 2005

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    There is a nice note of stemmy freshness on the nose here that helps to balance ... ... is still a nicely framed Barbaresco. 89p Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Barbaresco Asij DOCG 2006

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    Nice, high-toned aromatics with a lean feel to the floral, rosehip and slightly oaky tones that accent the core of red fruits. In the mouth this has a very well presented inner core of sweet, ripe fruits that are clear and transparent with soft tannins and nice acids giving the fruits a bit of a cranberry tone. 90pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Ceretto Dolcetto d'Alba Rossana 2007

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    Stemmy and earthy on the nose and a bit reduced yet with notes of leather and smoke accenting the blackberry forest fruits. In a relatively lean, high acid style for Dolcetto with tannins that are slightly astringent but well-balanced against the wild berry fruits. A nicely styled, lighter body Dolcetto with a touch of elegance. 87pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Ceretto Bricco Asili Barbaresco 1998

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    Nicely aromatic with integrated oak tones, mint and leather in a slightly high toned package. Spicy fruit on the palate with strawberry and strawberry seed tones accented by a nuance of tar. Smooth and balanced with good depth if a bit simple. 87pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Ceretto Barbaresco Bricco Asili Bernadotte 1998

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    Dried and macerated flowers for a fine top note over a shallow, rather flinty core of dried fruit tones. Simple and round in the mouth with some woody sweetness accenting the dried fruit tones with drying tannins on the finish. 85pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Azienda Bricco Asili 1999

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    Evolved on the nose with tar and ash notes adding complexity to the slightly jammy fruit. Theres a nice dusty top note that recalls mint and turmeric. Nice weight in the mouth with good freshness and lovely tarry, dark, earthy cherry fruit. This is fairly tannic and requires a fair amount of time in the cellar to come in to balance but it appear... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Ceretto Asij Barbaresco 2003

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    Very ripe on the nose with dried cherry and balsamic notes accented with hints of oak, butchers wax, mushrooms and herbs. The alcohol is noticeable on the nose. Round in the mouth with relatively coarse tannins that are a touch drying with soft acids and slightly evolved, dried fruit flavors. 86pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Casetta Barbera d'Alba Vigna Suri 2005

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    Now, here's a very pretty dry red rosso (12,5% alcohol), rough but round, very fruity (wild cherries, berries, wood, vanilla, smoked figs and green apple on the nose) medium bodied, with a pleasant bitterness on the finish (that calls for mature cheeses or red meat). If you like your Chianti or Rosso di Montalcino, you should try this one as an ... Read More

    Wine review by Arwan


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