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Barbaresco Piedmont, Italy

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A wine that most perfectly conveys the spirit and essence of its place, Barbaresco is true reflection of terroir. Its star grape, like that in the neighboring Barolo region, is Nebbiolo. Four townships within the Barbaresco zone can produce Barbaresco: the actual village of Barbaresco, as well as Neive, Treiso and San Rocco Seno d'Elvio.

Broadly speaking there are more similarities in the soils of Barbaresco and Barolo than there are differences. Barbaresco’s soils are approximately of the same two major soil types as Barolo: blue-grey marl of the Tortonion epoch, producing more fragile and aromatic characteristics, and Helvetian white yellow marl, which produces wines with more structure and tannins.

Nebbiolo ripens earlier in Barbaresco than in Barolo, primarily due to the vineyards’ proximity to the Tanaro River and lower elevations. While the wines here are still powerful, Barbaresco expresses a more feminine side of Nebbiolo, often with softer tannins, delicate fruit and an elegant perfume. Typical in a well-made Barbaresco are expressions of rose petal, cherry, strawberry, violets, smoke and spice. These wines need a few years before they reach their peak, the best of which need over a decade or longer. Bottle aging adds more savory characteristics, such as earth, iron and dried fruit.

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  • Fontanabianca Barbaresco 1996  Front Label
    Fontanabianca Barbaresco 1996
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    • Marchesi di Gresy Barbaresco Martinenga 1996 Front Label
      Marchesi di Gresy Barbaresco Martinenga 1996
      Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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      Cantina della Porta Rossa Barbaresco 1996
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      • Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Riserva 1996 Front Label
        Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Riserva 1996
        Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Rabaja 1996 Front Label
        Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Rabaja 1996
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