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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  • 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,...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Barbera

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

  • Nebbiolo

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

  • Vermentino

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

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  • Sottimano

    The Sottimano winery was founded in 1974 by Maggiore Sottimano; the first step was purchasing the...

  • Dante Rivetti

    The roots of four generations of the Rivetti family run deep into the hills which overlook Neive ...

  • Marchesi di Gresy

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

  • Azienda Agricola San Cristoforo di Angelo Sassi

    Azienda Agricola San Cristoforo is fortunate to be situated in one of the best locations in the r...

  • Bruno Giacosa

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

  • Cà Nova

    The Cà Nova Estate winery was born in 1996.. About ten hectars of vineyards, a modern cellar and ...

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Barbaresco on Snooth

  • 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


  • Pio Cesare Barbera Barbera d'Alba 2006

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    nice as described!! Read More

    Wine review by Robert schock


  • Albino Rocca Nebbiolo Blend Piemonte DOC Rosso di Rocca 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by unclesahm


  • Pertinace Barbaresco Marcar Italy Piedmont Aromatic & Earthy Red 2004

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    Garnet red with a little orange at the rim. Gorgeous nose with floral notes, tobacco, new leather and damp earth. Brisk acidity on a light style frame with very light tannin. Sour cherry fruit with a bit of cedar. A great nose but not much of a performance on the palate. I might have been satisfied more if this was a nebbiolo at half the pr... Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido


  • La Spinetta Barbera d'Alba Vigneto Gallina 2003

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    No written review

    Wine review by HSquared


  • Barbaresco and Barolo, But Dont Forget Dolcetto, Barbera and the WhitesI could not remember my previous experience with wine made from Nebbiolo, but study and reading prepared my expectations of its dark, tannic qualities. Our drive along the Tanaro River northeast from Alba was directed at the commune of Barbaresco as a starting point.It was ap... Read More

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