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2008 Produttori del Barbaresco - Barbaresco Riserva Montefico

  • 95 WA
  • 91 WS
  • 92 IWC
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SKU: 43431-2008
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    Bright, full red. Inviting aromas of redcurrant and orange zest complicated by subtle truffle and earth notes. Round, rich, ripe and full, with lovely chewy sweetness to its soil-driven red fruit flavors. Not yet as delineated as the nose suggests but dense and consistent from start to finish, with no shortage of energy for aging. Broad, fine-grained tannins build nicely on the rising aftertaste.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: November/December 2013
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    The 2008 Barbaresco Riserva Montefico hits the palate with a blast of fruit intermingled with copious acidity and pure structure. Montefico shares a boundary with Ovello, and shows many of the structural elements typically associated with that side, but with more depth in its fruit, probably because of the southern exposure. The high altitude of these parcels ensures there is plenty of freshness and vibrancy. The Montefico is dazzling, but it will require considerable patience. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2048.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

    There's purity to the cherry and raspberry fruit in this red, accented by floral and spice notes. Firmly structured, but remains graceful, lingering with fruit and spice on the aftertaste. Best from 2014 through 2024. 175 cases imported.
    Author: Bruce Sanderson
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Larrylorusso
Piedmont, which literally means “foot of the mountain,” produces some of Italy's finest red wines. Its clay, limestone, and sand soils are home to the legendary Barolo and Barbaresco wines, made from the extremely age-worthy Nebbiolo variety. Dolcetto and Barbera are considered to be more “workhorse” varieties, and produce the largest quantity of wine. The region is tucked in the cool northwest corner of the country, surrounded on three sides by the Alps. Fog often blankets the region, ensuring long, cool growing seasons. 

Nebbiolo is the king of Piedmont, and usually the only grape in the Barolo and Barbaresco wines of this Italian region. A continental climate brings long summers and a substantial amount of rainfall, allowing for extended time on the vine and optimal ripeness. As a result, Nebbiolo is high in both acid and tannin, bringing a beautiful balance to these wines and making them suitable for long-term ageing. The typical flavors of Nebbiolo include red currant, strawberry, roses, leather, and anise.

In Barolo, with its high altitude, Nebbiolo develops perfumed aromas of sour cherries, herbs, and dried flowers. Barolo DOCG wines must be aged for a minimum of three years with at least 18 months in oak before release. Further ageing in bottle adds complex aromas of truffle, tar, and leather. Nebbiolo from Barbaresco is less perfumed and must be aged for a minimum of two years with at least nine months in oak before release.  Some of the best examples of this variety come from Bruno Giacosa, Gaja, Giacomo Conterno, and Roberto Voerzio.

The delicate aromas, bold tannin, and high acid of Nebbiolo pair best with foods high in butter, fat and olive oil. Classic examples include truffles, prosciutto, boar ragu, pork loin, and a range of cheeses, but it is also a great match for Asian cuisine.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 520 bottles owned
  • 90 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 90 collectors)