2005 Produttori del Barbaresco "Pora" Riserva
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2005 Barbaresco Riserva Pora is wonderfully layered in its dark cherries, spices, menthol, licorice and minerals. The medium-bodied Pora is one of the firmer and more linear Riservas in 2005. Still, it shows exceptional balance in a powerful style that will require a measure of patience. Here, too, the finish is wonderfully elegant. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025. 92+ Points (AG)
Offers fabulous aromas of blueberry and sandalwood. Full-bodied, with ripe, velvety tannins and a persistent, attractively fruity aftertaste. This will be gorgeous with bottle age. Best after 2011. 1,200 cases made. (JS)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright red. Fresh, mineral-tinged red fruits and menthol make for a vibrant nose. Sweet, silky and deep, displaying more density and stuffing today than the 2004. Finishes broad and long, with very good acid lift
As it often is, the 2005 Barbaresco Riserva Pora is one of the most open and resolved of these 2005s. It, too, can use some air though, so opening a few hours in advance is essential. Early tertiary notes of tobacco, cedar, menthol, earthiness, smoke, licorice, dark spices and black cherries are nicely expressed. The 2005 doesn't have the multi-dimensional personality of the best Riservas, but in exchange, it is one of the most resolved and ready to go of these wines. At the outset, I had hoped the tannins would resolve in a slightly more polished manner, but they have not. In a good cellar, the 2005 will drink well for another decade plus. (AG)
Here’s a bright and very polished Riserva Barbaresco with clean and focused aromas of white cherry, cola, wild berries and dried currants. This expression from the Pora cru (known for its cellar-worthy wines) shows good acidity and drying tannins.
General Manager Aldo Vacca's notes: "The Dolce Vita Wine...The sandier soil gives to the Pora wine a smoother character, tannins are soft and the aromas always tend to evolve a little faster. This vineyard shows a more exotic character, sometime earthier, than others. It has a laid back attitude and it makes me feel like I want to sip it resting in my comfortable armchair, eating pieces of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, watching an old Fellini movie."