2007 Produttori del Barbaresco "Rio Sordo" Riserva
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2007 Barbaresco Riserva Rio Sordo is another of the strong wines in this vintage. Rio Sordo tends to yield wines that are soft and perfumed. Those qualities are very much present in the 2007, except that the vintage has added a little more fleshiness than is typically the case. An expressive, open bouquet redolent of crushed flowers, spices and red berries leads to soft fruit in this elegant, harmonious Barbaresco. This looks to be one of the earlier maturing of the 2007 Riservas. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2027+. The 2007 Riservas saw a lengthy period of four or more weeks on the skins. The wines spent a total of three years in oak, the first year in 25-35 HL casks, an additional 12-18 months in larger 50-75 HL casks, and a final 6-12 months back in the smaller casks. When the 2007 Riservas were younger, the personality of the vintage was quite apparent, but as the wines have aged the site specificity of these great vineyards has begun to emerge. The 2007 Riservas are big wines that should drink well upon release, but they also appear to have enough structure to develop beautifully in the cellar.
Cherry, rose and tea notes permeate this rich red, yet its plush texture belies the assertive tannins underneath. The sweet fruit matches the structure in the end, leaving rose and spice accents on the lingering aftertaste. Best from 2014 through 2025.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good medium red. Deeper and more delineated on the nose than the Pora, with a cherry aroma lifted by spice. Sweet, lush and fine-grained, but with good energy and verve. Turns firmer on the back half, showing a medicinal menthol quality, solid tannins and good punch.
Produttori del Barbaresco is a type of cooperative arrangement between 56 growers in Barbaresco. Its roots go back to 1958 when small growers of the region working in cooperation with the priest of Barbaresco village came together to ensure the quality and uniqueness of their production. Each family still maintains their small vineyard holdings, and most years these are blended into either bottlings of Barbaresco or Nebbiolo, and in great years there can be one or more of 9 single vineyards produced. These wines will always have their vineyards and growers noted and are quite special.