produttori del barbaresco, barbaresco, montestefano riserva 2015
WINE ENTHUSIAST
94
VINOUS
94

2015 produttori del barbaresco, barbaresco, montestefano riserva

Why We're Buying

Produttori del Barbaresco is a prominent wine cooperative from Barbaresco. During exceptional vintages, it produces not one but nine different Montestefano Riservas, with each red wine expressing the terroir of a single vineyard. Regardless of the location, the final product will be tannic yet balanced with refreshing acidity.

Critics Scores

WINE ENTHUSIAST
94

Wine Enthusiast

Balsamic aromas of camphor mingle with mature dark-skinned berry, leather, licorice and vanilla on this structured red. The full-bodied palate reflects the nose, delivering raspberry compote, star anise, crushed mint and hazelnut alongside firm, fine-grained tannins.

VINOUS
94

Vinous

The 2015 Barbaresco Riserva Montestefano rounds out this series of wines from Produttori del Barbaresco. Ample and resonant on the palate, the Montestefano shows all the natural breadth that is so typical of this site. On the palate, the Montestefano is rich and explosive, with tremendous depth and fabulous overall balance. Dark cherry, plum, espresso, licorice and spice build into the dark, sumptuous finish.

WINE SPECTATOR
94

Wine Spectator

This is supple and expressive, featuring strawberry, cherry, floral and freshly cut hay flavors on an elegant frame, undergirded by a stiff backbone of tannins, with racy acidity and a finish that melds the ripe fruity component with the structure. Tar, tobacco and licorice accents linger.

DECANTER
95

Decanter

This small cooperative goes from strength to strength under the dynamic management of Aldo Vacca. Montestefano is one of the top sites in the commune of Barbaresco. The nose is still reserved, but there are rich red fruits lurking. Very concentrated on the palate, this is lush and approachable, although one senses there is much in reserve, with excellent ageing potential. It's taut and imposing, with a finish that's tangy and persistent.