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...

Subregions of Barbaresco

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  • Produttori del Barbaresco

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

  • Cà Nova

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

  • Roagna

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

  • Bruno Giacosa

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

  • Castello di Neive

    Castello di Neive comprises a 150 acres (60 hectares) estate, all in the Neive town council, in t...

  • Dante Rivetti

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

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Barbaresco on Snooth

  • Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello Barbera d'Alba Santo Stefano di Perno 2008

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    Just opened A bit inky and ripe on the nose with floral and vegetal beet root tones, and almost with some Pinot character, kind of Oregon Pinot like. On entry this is soft and broad though not lacking acidity. there is a lovely backdrop of vegetal notes to the rich red cherry fruit of the palate which also recalls Oregons Pinot. Cleansing and... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Burlotto G.B. Barbera d'Alba 2011

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    Almost 6 grams of acidity Lovely floral spice pops on the precise nose which shows off precise aromas of fresh fruit that are quite high tned. Perhaps a touch soft on the palate this exhibits lovely clarity with black fruit that is just a touch roasted. The acidity appears later on the palate lending an elegance here and cleansing the palate. Th... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Burlotto G.b. Comm. Barbera d'Alba Aves 2011

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    Aged in a 50hl barrrel Woodsy aromas greet the nose where there is a nice base spice tone, a touch of oyster shells, very pretty slow to emerge violet notes and very clear berry fruit. This is rich, broad and broad in the mouth with a nice tang to the acids. the palate shows great cut to the lovely black fruit, clear though broad shouldered in... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Vigna Rionda Massolino Barbera d'Alba 2011

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    Only produced in special vintage, ie no 2012 Smells of wood, smoky and a little mushroomy with some Irish spring soap, and hints of slate, blue fruit, and sweet wood. Round, lush, packed with blue fruit on entry this is awfully sexy in the mouth in a powerful soft and sleek style Theres a little wood tannin drying out the finish a bit but this ... Read More

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  • Luigi Pira Barbera d'Alba 2011

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    10,000 bottles One year in wood, half large half small, From two hectares south of Serralunga, only vineyard outside of Nebbiolo, ten years old, should be planted in Nebbiolo, equal soil to Serralunga, same subsoil as Cascina Francia Very dark color. Older wood aromas greet the nose bringing some salami notes to the coffee and wood spiced red c... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Luciano Sandrone Barbera d'Alba 2011

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    Typically 50 to 55% new oak to add structure A blend of seven pieces in Monforte and Novello and top of hills, ripens relatively late end of september beginning of october Smoky, dark, and a bit matte on the nose with early notes of clove and vanilla over vaguely jammy fruit. Silky, with acids that are soft for Barbera, there is nice plum skin ... Read More

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  • E. Pira & Figli Chiara Boschis Barbera D' Alba 2011

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    From monforteOne week cool fermentation, one year second passage barrique Nice clarity on the nose which shows a bit of ivy, licorice, a hint of geranium, and tight red plum fruit. This is at once a little soft and quite powerful with beautiful clarity to the fruit. I would like to see a little more acidity but this doesn't lack for brightness... Read More

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  • Giuseppe Mascarello Barbera d'Alba Scudetto 2008

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    A bit funky on the nose filled with aromas of licorice, brownie, a little toasted nuts and meaty notes as well. Big acids on entry flow into lovely, clear and open fruit that is decisive in a rustic way. The flavors recall the slight oxidative flavors of Barbera from another era, though they do show great depth on the palate. This has near per... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Clerico Barbera d'Alba Trevigne 2010

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    Two months in botte after a year in barrique Nicely paired wood and dark red and black fruits greet the nose. This is very nicely done, very precise with lovely wild red fruits and small black fruits in a supple and elegant style. Theres a touch of wood spice that pops on the black cherry finish which shows fine length but there is plenty of bu... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Cascina Delle Rose Barbera d'Alba 2010

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    A bit meaty on the nose and very open, complex and intense with black currant and spicy blackberry fruit framed with subtle herbal edges. Elegant and rich on entry with a lovely expression of fruit, just fruit and vineyard captured driven by superb acidity on the long finish which shows a subtle spicy edge. The balance of these wines (while tast... Read More

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