In preparation for our next “big” trip, I am again tasting the wines of Italy.
Barbaresco is one of the great wines of Piemonte, a region located in Northwest Italy. Barbaresco is made from the Nebbiolo grape, which has been grown in the Piemonte as far back as the 13th century. Nebbiolo is a late maturing grape, and is tempermental, very sensitive to different soils and climates. The grapes in this wine are grown at an elevation of 600 to 1300 feet above sea level.
While this wine dates back centuries, Barbaresco in its current form dates back to 1958. In that year, the priest of the village of Barbaresco, realizing that the economic hardships in post World War II Italy would not support small independent growers, gathered 19 nebbiolo growers and founded the Produttori del Barbaresco. The first three vintages were made in the church basement before moving to the winery built across the village square from the church. It is here the wine is still made.
Currently the Produttori del Barbaresco has 51 members and controls more than 250 acres of Nebbiolo vines around the villages.
The Barbaresco D.O.C.G 2012 is made from 100% Nebbiolo grapes. The wine is created in stainless steel tanks for 28 days on the skins. It is aged for approximately 24 months and the bottling date of the 2012 vintage was in April, 2015.
An earthy, fruity nose; a little closed. Palete is medium bodied, with tart cherry, cranberry and clay. Nice tannins, with full and spicy finish.