The town of Barbaresco in May.

Produttori del Barbaresco

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If you already know about the Produttori del Barbaresco, then you'll probably jump to the list of wines, but if you're not familiar with the world's best wine making cooperative: Founded in 1958, when local economic conditions had reached a nadir, there are now about 50 members; the coop only produces wines made with the Nebbiolo grape . From the begining the coop employed two simple strategies to make the best possible wine: the members are required to bring all of their Nebbiolo fruit to the coop, thus insuring that no one holds back grapes in order to make their own Barbaresco. Further, instead of paying for the weight of the grapes delivered, the fruit is first valued by quality instead of by volume, which again insures that the growers concentrate on producing the finest grapes. This emphasis on quality carries through all of the winemaking at the Produttori. Despite a lot of peer pressure, the Produttori resisted the trends of the 1980s and 1990 towards ‘modern’ style winemaking – wine made with shorter fermentations and aged in small new oak barrels. By contrast they stayed with the local traditional practices of long fermentations and aging only in large older oak; this classic approach to winemaking yields the best expressions of the vineyards from which the Produttori make wine.

The Barbaresco is a blend from the Produttori's vines in 9 different vineyards in the town of Barbaresco, and also includes fruit from top vineyards like Gallina and Pajore that are located in other townships. In any case, this blending adds complexity to what is a classic bottle of Barbaresco; the wine consistently gives excellent quality for the price. We include the current release of the Barbaresco - the 2008 - which is really a great bottle of wine. Some of the single-vineyard Produttori Barbaresco Riservas are included in this offer; these wines are from single vineyards, and tasting them side-by-side is a vivid lesson in the expression of each plot of land.

By far the best and most comprehensive writing in English about the Produttori is by John Gilman, the author and publisher of the remarkable View from the Cellar. Normally only available to subscribers, John has very kindly allowed us to use the article so you can really read-up on the Produttori. In turn we urge you to subscribe to View from the Cellar - it's the best wine writing out there.

 

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Produttori del Barbaresco 1974 Barbaresco

1974 was a sleeper vintage for the Produttori, and it has definitely impressed on two separate occasions while tasting vertical flights of the cooperative's normale. Ripe red and black cherry fruit flavors mingle with secondary notes of balsamic, dark chocolate, and spaded earth. The medium body and robustness is supported by a quite lithe texture (1/17/17). Jonas Mendoza

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Produttori del Barbaresco 1979 Barbaresco

I couldn't help but make the comparison initially to older Chianti, with flavors of dried red cherry and dried herbs. As the evening progressed, the wine became richer and weightier with darker fruit notes of black raspberry and brandied cherry with intensity similar to the blockbuster normale bottlings of 1971 and 1978. (1/17/17). Jonas Mendoza

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Produttori del Barbaresco 1980 Barbaresco

Medium ruby color with hints of brick on rim. Black cherry and black tea flavors with prominent notes of hoisin and balsamic. Quite along its development, but still has firm tannins and resonant acidity (1/17/17). Jonas Mendoza

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Produttori del Barbaresco 1967 Barbaresco

Not the Riserva, but no slouch, this wine is still alive and drinking. It may even show a bit more fruit that the '67 Riservas. With proper handling (time to rest, and proper decanting) this is a real treat.

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Produttori del Barbaresco 1970 Barbareco Riserva Pora

Still doing very well at 40+ years, with intense mature Nebbiolo aromatics, dry and savory; the wine is not overly tannic, but no Piemontese would ever serve this except at table, with a main-course meat dish like ossobuco or something grilled; do so and you will have a memorable treat.

 

 

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