Quite see-through and showing off a reddish/purple hue in the glass. On the nose I get sour cherry and rhubarb. On the palate it starts off with that sour cherry, some cola and rooibos tea. There is a crisp acidity that begins on the front end and carries all the way through. Lithe tannins greet me on the mid palate where the sour cherry theme continues alongside some raspberry and vanilla notes. The finish is quite tart but I get a very defined cherry note and some earthiness- leather and creosote. Overall this is a tasty wine but for $39, it’s a stretch. I’m going 89 points and 3 stars. Drink till 2025 with Pasta or hearty appetizers. Salut….
I’m not a huge Barbaresco fan, I have to admit. Not because I don’t like it, I just don’t know anything about it. I am trying to broaden my palate and saw this offer come up, it was only $20 and got a good score- worth a punt as they say.
It shows well in the glass, a thick purple, somewhat opaque but healthy looking. The nose offers up a really nice Old World funk that I love. Plum, cherry pie and some oak are all present. I’m looking forward to this Nebbiolo….
On the palate I am pleasantly surprised, I think I like Barbaresco! This wine has depth and lots of fruit flavor. Rich plums, black berries, some black olives and an earthy component give way to some very well ingrained tannins. They take over on the mid palate and really dry out the gums. It is a nice sensation and makes for a long lived wine which has enough acidity to balance the package out. The berry fruit comes out again on the finish with an oak hit. The tannins are really searing by now, which makes this wine beg for a hearty Ragu, maybe a Ribeye steak. I’m guessing this wine is only a youngster and will develop for many years, gaining complexity and tertiary flavors. Drink now if you like them bold, dry and tannic, but cellar till 2022 for a more mellow affair. I think this wine is worthy of 91 points, and 5 stars! Salut….
Barbaresco is to Italian wine what Beaujolais is to French wine: the thinner, easier red-headed step child that is always there, no matter what. Made from Nebbiolo just like Barolo, it hardly stands up to its big brother.
Once you get to grips with these facts, it’s time to enjoy the wine for what it is.
In this particular bottle, a very light red complexion gives a little strawberry on the nose. Caressing the palate with very smooth tannins comes a dose of currants meets red fruits and earth. There is a certain minerality here that is easy to pick up on due to the delicate nature of this wine. It is balanced, easy to drink and paired very well with baked Haddock and Risotto. Fish??? Yup, I paired red wine with fish, and it worked. Haddock is a very flaky white fish, low in oils and not reeking of fish. This wine is very light, almost Rose’ like, giving freshness and bouquet that marries well with the fish.
87 points and 3 stars. I’m thinking a Chicken Caesar Salad will bang with this wine…..try it and see.
Little brother to Barolo, the Barbaresco’s are made from the Nebbiolo grape. You know how I love it!
A few extra swirls finally got this wine to give me the typical nose I was looking for, Nebbiolo all the way baby. Red fruits are predominant on the palate, with slightly green tannins protruding. Perhaps they will meld away, one can hope. A long finish and good acidity are a bonus here. This region is not known for aging potential like Barolo, but I think this wine can hang in there for another 10 years easy. Oh look, I finished my glass…. Yummy. 4 stars and 89 points.