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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  • Nebbiolo

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

  • 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...

  • Vermentino

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

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  • Dante Rivetti

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

  • Produttori del Barbaresco

    Founded in 1958, the priest of the village of Barbaresco, recognizing that the only way small p...

  • Bruno Giacosa

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

  • Adriano Marco e Vittorio

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

  • Orlando Abrigo

    The village of Barolo lies in the centre of the Langhe, the most prestigious wine-growing area in...

  • San Silvestro

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

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Barbaresco on Snooth

  • You can buy 2015 California Cabernet if you look around, I'm sure.  ... there's Barbaresco.  The wines were released last year, so I'll look for closeouts.  If I can't afford Oddero's Gallina bottling (usually a stunner), Ugo Lecquio has that cru covered.  I'll probably look for a Rio Sordo, but Cascina delle Rose has gotten hard to find and a ... Read More

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  • Bruno Giacosa Dolcetto d'Alba 2014

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    Had this the other day with some Lobster Bisque. Garnet red color with a bit of Brown. Some under-ripe red fruit, Herbs and flowers - earthy - minerals, and a bit of must. Rusty Stevedore???Smooth but Dry and tannic. Not familiar enough with Dolcettos, but after this one, will seek more out. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Continue the research. May be some dark horses from areas that are ordinarily ... Panascal (Fonseca)Barolo and Barbaresco are good calls. I had an '87 Gattinara last week with friends that was singing. Think my friend paid somewhere just north of $50 for it.As a nice counterpoint to your native shiraz options it would not be the worst idea to ... Read More

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  • Mostly local stuff - PG is still in early stage here and still little real ... ... christmas with an 06 Gaja Barbaresco and an 08 Tignanello - the Italians make really great wine when they get it rig Read More

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  • Albino Rocca Barbera d'Alba Gepin 2010

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    inky and spicy... Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Le Ginestre Barbera d'Alba 2012

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    Excellent wine. My husband and I traveled to the vineyard/winery and tasted and purchased this wine. It was a robust, aromatic red wine. We have searched for the past 3 years since returning from living in Germany to find this wine in the US to no avail. Read More

    Wine review by jartiste


  • Okay, no Sherry or Rioja.  This hit my inbox:Had to check CT to see what I ... of Nebbiolo (all Barolo or Barbaresco) in the inventory.  Tied with Cab, PN, Sangio and trailing only Syrah.  How did that happen?Pretty good bet I'll be drinking these into my 70s. Plan for future happiness, I always say.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Musso Barbaresco Pora Italy Premier 2012

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    fruity and spicy, with some structure Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • "Why do people buy current release wines, mostly Cali cabs and Bordeaux, ... I think you can add Barolo/Barbaresco to the list of wines where newly released infants are far more expensive than properly aged and ready-to-drink bottles.OT, if you know what to look for (like, for example, ex-chateau!) there are definitely opportunities to get hea... Read More

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  • Welcome Ellen, nice first post (a big rarity around here at Snooth).I've ... (Chianti, Piedmont/Barolo or Barbaresco, or traditional Rioja for example) tend to be squarely on the savory side. Some of the wines may be very expensive such as a Gaja single vineyard Barbaresco, retails around $300. Saw one in a friend's cellar recently and asked i... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


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