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...

  • Vermentino

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

  • Nebbiolo

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

  • Barbera

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

  • 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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  • Roagna

    The roots The Nebbiolo grape, deep-rooted since ancient times in the gentle slopes of the Langhe ...

  • Giuseppe Cortese

    Cortese's family produces and vinifies with passion.Since 3 generations, using its own grapes fro...

  • Sottimano

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

  • 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...

  • Dante Rivetti

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

  • Rizzi

    The company was set up in 1974 by Ernesto Dellapiana on his family’s nineteenth century estate. H...

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Barbaresco on Snooth

  • Burlotto G.B. Barbera d'Alba 2008


    Lacks a bit of freshness on the nose, with a bit of wood spice and raw wood tones with a really intense rose top note. Lush and sexy on the palate with a velvety feel to the dense but not heavy mid-palate that is full of rich, dark flavors. The fruit is a bit jammy, dark cherry tones, and framed with spicy wood tones. The wood contributes some t... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Burlotto G.B. Barbera d'Alba Aves 2010


    Darker and more mineral and balsamic than the Barbera dAlba with a little rosehip, accenting a core of black fruit. Bright on entry, and even a bit weighty with obvious richness to the plummy fruit. The mid-palate has a bit of a matte feel though it turns fresher on the backend and through the raspberry finish which has a lingering edge of swee... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Fratelli Brovia Dolcetto D'alba Ciaböt Del Re 2001


    Dirty and oxidized on the nose with lots of seedy aromas. Carob, fennel, celery seed aromas. texturally this is clean and precise in the mouth though the wine has no life. Its dark and medicinal and long on the palate with oversteeped, meaty and even bready flavors. At least theres some power. 74pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Cascina Delle Rose Dolcetto d'Alba a Elizabeth 2011


    ~ Editor's Choice ~Assertively earthy, spicy, and violet driven on the nose this also shows a little tobacco smoke top note over aromas of freshly crushed berry and plum fruit. Elegant in the mouth and with great transparency, this strikes just the perfect weight and balance, with gorgeous purity of fruit, almost sweet with ripeness, and layer... Read More

    Wine review by BRUNOHOEPERS

  • In the Bay Area and in the greater LA area, the choices are pretty huge, but ... ... alternative to Barolo or Barbaresco, but there aren't three bottlings available in the whole area, and they are overpriced, compared to what those bottles go for in Italy.  Lagrein and Dolcetto are making the scene, but even they can be a little hard to find.I... Read More

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  • Cordero di Montezemolo Barbera d'Alba 2011


    Assemblage of all their plots and Roero, also in this case try to produce a product that represents Barbera the variety Six to seven months of wood, Very ripe on the nose with strong black, dusty, roasted fruit over toasty wood spice. This is a little soft and creamy in the mouth and lacks a little vitality on the palate which does show plenty o... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • G.D. Vajra Barbera d'Alba 2010


    SS only, six different vineyards in three different communes, Barolo, Serralunga, and Novello a year and a half in SS Very direct on the nose with a touch of earthy, savoriness along with a hint of prosciuttos and some shoe polish under dark fruits. Pure, easy, and somewhat low intensity in the mouth with nice acids supporting cut black fruits. ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Massolino Barbera d'Alba 2012


    20000 bottles, lots of different plots A little ash on the earthy black fruited nose which shows just a hint of something floral and stemmy. Theres lovely richness and acidity on entry here with a lean, tense palate impression that shows a nice plum and blackish strawberry tone to the fruit and steely edged acids that drive the clean, lifted fi... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Aldo Conterno Barbera d'Alba Conca Tre Pile 2010


    Two and a half weeks of skin contact, two to three and a half of fermentation, then into barrique, 100% new, 14 months in barrique Pretty fresh on the nose showing some oak though more fruit than oak. This smells fresh a touch woodsy and medicinally icy with a spicy vanilla overlay and some VA shoe polish over black plum fruit. Bright and fresh... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Guido Porro Barbera Barbera d'Alba Santa Caterina 2012


    Bottled fifteen days ago, six months in botte Very tight on the nose with gentle spice and floral aromas. With, a little spritz on the palate, this is rather soft and round and lacks some of the focus one might like to see in Barbera. Theres lots of flannelly rich fruit, , long on the palate and sweetly plummy then tart. Air brings out lots of f... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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