2016 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.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This is usually the last wine in this series of nine, representing the most powerful and concentrated side of the Nebbiolo spectrum as interpreted by Produttori del Barbaresco. The 2016 Barbaresco Riserva Montestefano (with 12,516 bottles released) is rich and darkly saturated, with a plush and opulent bouquet that is redolent of red berry, dried raspberry and candied orange peel. This is a blend of fruit from vineyards owned by the Gonella, Maffei, Marcarino, Rivella, Rocca and Vacca families. You feel the density of the wine on the palate, thanks to firm tannins and lots of extra fruit weight and texture. Despite that extra muscle (and the usual 15% alcohol content), Montestefano also shows a soft and especially enriched personality.