From younger and declassified fruit from Barbaresco vines, this is about 20% of production. Lighter in colour and exhibiting the essence of Nebbiolo. Cherry, spice, white pepper, anise. It is bright and juicy without the huge tannins. Drink it from now and over the next 3-5 years. Try with veal or mild firm cheeses.
The Produttori del Barbaresco are a cooperative that makes only Nebbiolo harvested from within Barbaresco. They produced the first bottle of Barbaresco in the late 19th century and the founder of the winery, Professor Domizio Cavazza, is considered to be the ‘Father of Barbaresco’. Today they represent 56 growers in the Barbaresco wine zone who tend their 100 hectares. In years following exceptional growing conditions the winery will vinify parcels separately and label them individually. There are nine single vineyards under the Produttori del Barbaresco label, they are either all released or none are released.
Piedmont – Known as one of the greatest wine regions in the world, its name literally means the ‘foot of the mountain’. Piedmont located in the North Western reach of Italy. There are a lot of parallels drawn between the best wines of Piedmont (Barolo and Barbaresco) and the wines of Burgundy. The region neighbours France and Switzerland with its border defined by the Alps to the north and west and Apennines to the south. These natural defences were used to keep the Ligurians safe from Roman invasions. Luckily it didn’t work forever, as we may not have the wines that we cherish today.
Langhe – A recent ‘catch all’ addition that allows greater flexibility to producers in the established DOC & DOCG regions (such as Barolo and Barbaresco). Used by producers wanting to blend native with international varieties, experiment with aging lengths and newer wine making practices.
Nebbiolo – Famously producing long lived red wines which are light of colour, but abundant in tannin from Barolo, Barbaresco and various other local wines. This is the variety that defines the region. Typical flavours include: Tar, roses, anise, cherry, blackberry and truffle.