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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  • Cà Nova

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

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    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 ...

  • Rizzi

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

  • 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...

  • Ada Nada

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

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Barbaresco on Snooth

  • Azienda Agricola Cogno Pre-Phylloxera Barbera d'Alba 2013

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    Floral syrupy aromas with ripe black cherry on the nose and a hint of licorice. Focussed and tart on the palate, this shows a lot of cranberry and cherry flavors with a fair bit of oak on the finish.87 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Giuseppe Cortese Dolcetto d'Alba 2013

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    Nice easy-drinking wine. Not over-the-top with fruit, but there are some red berry hints and even a suggestion of mint. Typical acidity that I usually see in Italian wines. More a food wine than a sipper. Also, a drink now wine. I see no reason to dedicate wine storage space for this one. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Not to change the current topic of discussion or anything as brash as that, but ... ... off with a 6 oz pour of Barbaresco, while I started with a red wine flight (French Connection); we ordered a plate of charcuterie too, and later on a small plate of cheese with more bread.  I then had another wine flight (Rhone-in Around the World) that inc... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Elvio Cogno Barbera d'Alba Pre-Phylloxera 2013

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    Floral syrupy aromas with ripe black cherry on the nose and a hint of licorice. Focussed and tart on the palate, this shows a lot of cranberry and cherry flavors with a fair bit of oak on the finish.87 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • I was also wondering how this came back to life.I kind of agree wtih both OT ... ... going forward) or Barolo/Barbaresco are full of fruit and acid and tannins that need to calm down before they're great. They can however, still be enjoyable young, it's just that they're so much better later.As far as To-Kalon - the Mondavis had most of it but... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Mx Cabernet Sauvignon...


  • Hesitate not, lest ye (or these sweet bottles) be lost!I continue to be ... ... Collection of Produttori del BarbarescoIn April we had a dinner of Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco, tasting many of what are considered the worst vintages of the last 50 years in Piedmont (which you can see in the above photo; for contrast I included a bottle ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Tenuta Carretta Barbaresco Cascina Bordino 2010

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    A dusty and earthy nose, this wine leads with tomato leaf, cocoa powder, herb, and not much fruit. In the mouth there's strong red fruit, mostly lively cherry and a hint of cranberry, but there's also a fair bit of herb and a hint of a violet floral component, licorice, ripe black cherry and a short goji and cranberry finish. Read More

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  • OT speaks volumes.  Coincidentally, JD just drank a Barolo that was really ... phase, but with Barolo and Barbaresco I would be more likely to use the phrase "shut down."  Dumb wines just, to me, taste inexplicably boring and flat; shut down wines can actually be hard to drink, but it's really the same idea--young character of fruit disappears,... Read More

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  • Keep in mind that Barolo can be good if tough for some young, but often shuts down for many, many years.  Not sure what the story is with the Fennochio.  I have to say the G. Mascarello from '06 I tasted last year was by no means shut down, either.  Read More

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  • That's good to hear Fox...2000 is the most accessible Barolo I've ever had (happened to be a Bartolo Mascarello in February 2014), so not surprising the Granbussia showed well. Also nice to share a great bottle like that with your SO. I was at a tasting yesterday with a bunch of friends, perhaps we had too many wines on the table, that a lot of ... Read More

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