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Italy: Piedmont: Barbaresco

What is Barbaresco?
Barbaresco has long been in the shadow of its famous neighbor, Barolo. Like Barolo, it is a dry, complex, and aromatic red capable of long-term aging. In general terms, however, Barbaresco tends to be somewhat softer and earlier maturing. Made from the fickle Nebbiolo grape in the marginal climate of Piedmont at the foot of the Italian Alps, there may be only three truly great vintages of Barbaresco in any given decade. With better viticultural techniques, however, even marginal vintages are apt to produce very good wines. Additionally, these off years can usually be enjoyable from the start, without the decade or so of aging that a great vintage will demand. Over the last ten years, 1988, 1989, and 1990 were all great years, while early indications are that the same can be said of the 1995 through 1997 trio. As for 1991 through 1994, these are of the earlier drinking, accessible type, with 1994 seeming to have a shade more grip than 1993—a situation that is the inverse of Barolo.

Premier Producers
Mariano e Enrico Abbona (Faset)
Ca’ del Baio (Asili)
Pio Cesare (Il Bricco)
Fratelli Cigliuti
Gaja (All Cuveés)
Bruno Giacosa (All Cuveés)
Ugo Lequio (Gallina)
La Licenziana
Marchesi di Gresy (Gaiun Martinenga)
Moccagatta (Bric Balin, Basarin)
Montaribaldi (Sori’ Montaribaldi)
Fratelli de Nicola (Montesommo)
Elvio Pertinace (Vigneto Marcarini)
Prunotto (Montestefano)
Dante Rivetti (Bricco de Neueis)
Sottimano (Vigna del Salto, Vigna Lunetta "Pajore," Vigna Masue "Curra")
La Spinetta (Gallina)
Rino Varaldo (Bricco Libero)
Vietti (Masseria)


Great Producers
Fratelli Barale
Bel Colle
Cantina del Parocco di Neive (Gallina)
Cantina della Porta Rossa
Ceretto (Bricco Asili)
Pio Cesare (Normale)
Michele Chiarlo (Asili)
Contratto
Domenico Filippino
Fontanafredda (Coste Rubin)
Carlo Giacosa (Montefico)
Clemente Guasti
Gianluigi Lano
Ottavio Lequio (Prinsi)
Marchesi di Gresy (Martinenga, Camp Gros Martinenga)
Romano Marengo (Ca’ Rome’)
Moccagatta (Cole)
Fiorenzo Nada (Rombone)
Giuseppe Negro (Piancavallo)
Palladino
Pelissero
Elvio Pertinace (Vigneto Castellizzano)
Armando Piazzo (Sori Fratin & Vigna Giaia)
Poderi Colla (Roncaglia)
Produttori del Barbaresco (Single Vineyard Cuveés)
Prunotto (Bric Turot)
Punset (Normale)
Albino Rocca (Vigneto Loreto)
Bruno Rocca (Rabaja)
Rocca Giancarlo Ronchi
Scarpa
La Spinetta (Starderi)


Dependable Producers
Batasiolo
Gigi Bianco
Ca’ Rome’
Castello di Neive
Ceretto (Asij)
Giuseppe Cortese (Rabaja)
Fontanabianca (Sori Burdin)
Fontanafredda
Carlo Giacosa (Narin)
Fratelli Grasso (Sori Valgrande)
Cascina Luisin Minuto (Sori’ Paolin & Rabaja)
Fiorenzo Nada (Normale)
Elia Pasquera (Sori Paitin)
Elvio Pertinace (Vigneto Nervo & Normale)
Produttori del Barbaresco (Normale)
Prunotto (Classico)
Albino Rocca (Bric Ronchi)
Terra da Vino
Torregiorgi
Rino Varaldo (Sori Loreto)
Virna (Borgogno Lodovico Borgognot)

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