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Produttori del Barbaresco : Barbaresco 2018
HK$2,128 
HK$354.67 / Unit
Produttori del Barbaresco : Pora 2016
HK$3,099 
HK$516.50 / Unit
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92
Pio Cesare : Il Bricco 2009
HK$5,319 
HK$886.50 / Unit
Produttori del Barbaresco : Muncagota Riserva 2016
HK$3,099 
HK$516.50 / Unit
Produttori del Barbaresco : Barbaresco 2017
HK$2,220 
HK$370 / Unit
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94
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94
Produttori del Barbaresco : Pora 2015
HK$2,821 
HK$470.17 / Unit
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89
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92
Sottimano : Cottá 2011
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HK$6,244 
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Produttori del Barbaresco : Rio Sordo Riserva 2016
HK$3,099 
HK$516.50 / Unit
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95
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94
Produttori del Barbaresco : Montefico 2015
HK$2,821 
HK$470.17 / Unit
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89
Antinori - Prunotto : Barbaresco 2011
HK$2,081 
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Ugo Lequio : Gallina 2009
HK$2,451 
HK$408.50 / Unit
Antinori - Prunotto : Barbaresco 2018
HK$2,007 
HK$334.50 / Unit
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90
Marchesi di Barolo : Barbaresco 2013
HK$1,758 
HK$293 / Unit
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90
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92
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93
Tenute Cisa Asinari dei Marchesi di Grésy : Camp Gros Martinenga 2009
HK$4,440 
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90
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92
Antinori - Prunotto : Barbaresco 2015
HK$2,035 
HK$339.17 / Unit
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17
Bruno Rocca : Rabajà 2018
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HK$4,264 
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15
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Pelissero : Nubiola 2010
HK$1,850 
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16
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Pelissero : Nubiola 2015
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HK$316 / Unit
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17+
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91
Michele Chiarlo : Asili 2015
HK$3,099 
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Produttori del Barbaresco : Pajè Riserva 2015
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Pelissero : Tulin 2010
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Pio Cesare : Barbaresco 2016
HK$3,450 
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16.5
Bruno Rocca : Barbaresco Currà 2018
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16
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Michele Chiarlo : Asili 2012
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94
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95
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97
Pio Cesare : Il Bricco 2016
HK$5,596 
HK$932.67 / Unit
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Bruno Rocca : Barbaresco 2018
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HK$2,303
HK$2,192 
HK$365.33 / Unit
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Marchesi di Barolo : Barbaresco 2016
HK$1,804 
HK$300.67 / Unit
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Antinori - Prunotto : Barbaresco 2017
HK$1,989 
HK$331.50 / Unit
Marchesi di Barolo : Riserva 2015
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HK$1,758 
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93
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91
Marchesi di Barolo : Serragrilli 2012
HK$2,007 
HK$334.50 / Unit
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88
Ugo Lequio : Gallina 2013
HK$2,498 
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93
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16.5+
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93
Pio Cesare : Il Bricco 2013
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HK$5,365 
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Marchesi di Barolo : Riserva 2014
HK$1,804 
HK$300.67 / Unit
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17
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95
Bruno Rocca : Barbaresco Riserva Rabajà 2014
HK$8,880 
HK$1,480 / Unit
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Pelissero : Vanotu 2015
HK$3,839 
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Pelissero : Vanotu 2013
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Pelissero : Nubiola 2013
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Bruno Rocca : Barbaresco Currà Riserva 2015
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HK$8,261 
HK$1,376.83 / Unit
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91
Pio Cesare : Barbaresco 2015
HK$3,469 
HK$578.17 / Unit
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94+
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16.5+
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93
Bruno Rocca : Barbaresco Riserva Rabajà 2015
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HK$9,713
HK$8,261 
HK$1,376.83 / Unit
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91
Tenute Cisa Asinari dei Marchesi di Grésy : Martinenga 2013
HK$3,145 
HK$524.17 / Unit
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91
JR
16
Ugo Lequio : Gallina 2015
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HK$2,544
HK$2,414 
HK$402.33 / Unit
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89
Antinori - Prunotto : Barbaresco 2014
HK$1,943 
HK$323.83 / Unit
RP
91
Marchesi di Barolo : Serragrilli 2013
HK$2,035 
HK$339.17 / Unit
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93
JR
17
Antinori - Prunotto : Bric Turot 2016
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HK$2,775
HK$2,498 
HK$416.33 / Unit

Barbaresco Wines | Elegant, Food-Friendly Nebbiolo

If Barolo is the king of Piedmont wine, Barbaresco is no doubt its queen, offering wines that emphasise finesse and refinement over the sheer power and magnitude of the former. Here, the proximity of the vineyards to the Tanaro River brings about a slight maritime influence, allowing late-ripening Nebbiolo to mature slightly sooner and produce a softer, less overwhelmingly tannic expression.

Barbaresco wines

In very Burgundian fashion, the landscape is divided into 65 different crus, from which the appellation’s dynamic producers craft terroir-driven, single-vineyard bottlings, along with carefully assembled multi-vineyard blends. The wines of Barbaresco thrill and charm with intense varietal aromas of red cherries, rose petals and tar, along with a delicate earthy touch of underbrush, leather and dried violet petals. While generally more approachable in their youth than the wines of Barolo, they offer a remarkable potential to age. An exquisite choice with a wide range of pairings, especially braised meats and classic Italian dishes featuring a rich tomato sauce.

The History of the Barbaresco Wines

While wine production in this area dates back thousands of years, its modern history as its own winemaking entity really begins in 1894 with the establishment of the Cantina Sociale di Barbaresco cooperative by local agronomist and headmaster of the Royal Enological School of Alba Domizio Cavazza. Before this time, Nebbiolo grapes grown in the vineyards of the region were mostly sold in bulk to neighbouring Barolo.

 

Barbaresco wines
© Vietti

 

Cavazza recognised the enormous potential of the region’s terroir. He decided to purchase an estate with vineyards here in 1886 and 8 years later partnered with a group of nine wine growers to establish the Cantina Sociale. Equipped with new barrels and the most recent winemaking tools, the cooperative bottled some of the very first official wines of this area. After enjoying a fairly successful beginning, the cooperative suffered the effects of World War I and the death of Cavazza in the year 1915.

 

 It was not until the 1950’s that this winemaking region of the Piedmont re-joined the world stage. Its modern renaissance was brought on by the pioneering efforts of passionate winemakers like Angelo Gaja, Bruno Giacosa and Cesare Pio (founder of Pio Cesare). In 1958, a local priest by the name of Don Fiorino Marengo resuscitated the Cantina Sociale by bringing together 19 small growers to form a cooperative called Produttori del Barbaresco. Together, these producers put the appellation back on the map. By the 1960’s the wines of the region were being sold internationally with mounting success.

 

Barbaresco wines
© Bruno Rocca

 

In 1966, this appellation was granted the status of Denominazione di origine controllata (DOC), which was upgraded to Denominazione di origine controllata e Garantita (DOCG) status in 1980. From early on, the wine producers of this appellation have fought for the recognition of various vineyard sites, similar to the cru system of Burgundy. Since 2007, all 65 vineyard sites of the appellation have been recognised on the label, with many winemakers now producing single vineyard bottlings. These 65 crus are divided between the four communes of the appellation: Barbaresco (which produces roughly 45% of the appellation’s wines), Neive, Treiso and San Rocco Seno d’Elvio.

The “Other” Nebbiolo Terroir

The appellation is situated in the Langhe area of the Piedmont region of northwest Italy and, like its “big brother” Barolo, also produces wines exclusively from the Nebbiolo grape variety. Nevertheless, while Barolo and Barbaresco share a grape variety, they make wines that are different in style. These differences can largely be attributed to differences in terroir.

 

Barbaresco wines
© Angelo Gaja

 

The soils of the latter appellation comprise calcareous marl from the Tortonian age (dating back roughly 11.6 to 7.2 million years), which are very rich in lime and clay. These soils are richer in nutrients than those of Barolo, producing wines that are slightly less tannic, rounder, softer and more approachable in their youth. The soil’s high lime content results in a lower pH and thus a higher degree of natural acidity in the wines.

 

The elevation of the appellation’s vineyards (which are at a lower altitude than those of Barolo) and their proximity to the Tanaro River (which brings a slight maritime influence) also results in climatic differences, allowing the grapes to ripen slightly earlier than those of Barolo. This means that the fruit gets to the fermentation vat sooner and enjoys a shorter maceration time, resulting in early tannins that are less harsh in their youth than those of Barolo.

 

Barbaresco wines
© Mirco Taliercio - Angelo Gaja

 

Since the 2010’s, many of the appellation’s producers have stopped using industrial fertilisers and chemical pest management, adopting instead natural, organic and biodynamic viticultural methods to producer higher-quality fruit. 

Winemaking and Signature Style in this Piedmont Appellation

Due in part to the earlier ripening of the grapes, the regulations of the DOCG appellation stipulate that the wines have to be aged for at least 2 years before release, and at least 9 months of this total ageing must take place in oak. Wines labelled “riserva” age for a minimum of 4 years. In contrast, Barolo wines must be aged for a minimum of 3 years or 5 years for Barolo Riserva. Barbaresco DOCG wine also must have a minimum alcohol level of 12.5%, although this is usually closer to 13.5%. The appellation also produces declassified Langhe Nebbiolo wines that are matured for a shorter period of time or come from younger vines. The best Barbaresco wines have the potential to age beautifully over decades in bottle.

 

Barbaresco wines
© Produttori del Barbaresco

 

Produced from Nebbiolo, the flagship grape of the Piedmont region, these wines bear the grape’s tell-tale varietal aromas of rose petals, red cherries and tar. These wines also offer plush red berry aromas and fragrances of violets, along with earthy nuances of underbrush and leather. Like its cousin Barolo, it is an intensely flavoured and full-bodied Italian wine. However, while Barolo is often austere in its youth and is known for its magnitude, structure and tannic force, Barbaresco is more approachable in its youth, offering complexity and elegance over sheer power.

 

These wines are quite consistent, although there are some regional differences due to terroir. Among the four communes, the one named after the appellation (near the town of Barbaresco) is home to a slightly cooler climate, resulting in wines with great body and finesse. Wines of Neive are known for their power and structure, while those of Treiso are reputed for their refinement and grace. San Rocco Seno d’Elvio is the least known of the four communes and produces wines of less complexity that are often more approachable in their youth. All four of the appellations communes now produce single vineyard wines from specific parcels classified under the 65 crus.

 

Barbaresco wines
© Millésima

 

This is a red wine that pairs easily with food, due to its fresh natural acidity and nuanced aromas of red fruit and earth. For a guaranteed success, serve it with a regional Piedmontese dish, like brasato al Barolo (beef braised in red wine) or pasta topped with the famous white truffles of the region. It will also pair with just about any dish featuring tomato sauce, including Neapolitan pizza or a cheesy lasagne.

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