Barbaresco

Wine category: 
DOCG (DOP)
Category: 
Special: 
Yes
Type: 
Red
SubType: 
rosso maturo
Region: 
Piemonte
Province: 
Cuneo

Barbaresco is always abreast of and compared with Barolo, because it is only 20 km away. Together with Barolo, Barbaresco is the most famous wine produced by the worthy vine Nebbiolo. It has its rise in the Langhe, in the same period of Barolo, in the middle of XIX century, but on the other side of the town of Alba. The landscape gives its visitors woderful ups and downs hills with medieval castles plunged in typical autumn fogs. At the same time it gives birth to valuable truffles and its famous DOP cheeses Bra, Castelmagno, Gorgonzola and Toma Piemontese.

Barbaresco has a limpid red garnet colour, intense and ample flavour, floral and fruity, sometimes balsamic . The taste is dry, full, vigorous and austere. Being a neighbour of Barolo, Barbaresco has many similarities with it, but the climate created by the near Tanaro river makes grapes ripen before, producing more delicate and elegant scents and a more gentle tannicity, which makes Barbaresco appreciable earlier than Barolo. This doesn't mean that it is not suited for ageing. Some recent and trendy interpretations of Barbaresco, that envisage the use of barriques and small barrels, lend the wine a more spicy flavour and makes it more similar to Barolo, but traditionally Barbaresco ripens at least for two years in big barrels, four years for the "Riserva" denomination. The best vintages are the same as for Barolo: 1985, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2006.

Barbaresco is a wine for important and passionate dinners. It is among the best wines to serve with roast meat, but it is also a good match with boiled meat, poultry and game and it is an excellent combination with seasoned and sharp cheeses. Obviously it is also perfect as meditation wine.