2007 Produttori del Barbaresco "Montefico" Riserva (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1087674 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2007 Barbaresco Riserva Montefico is all about energy and sheer power. The Montefico is quite virile, even in this vintage, with a certain austerity in the tannin that will require time in bottle to soften. Dark red fruit, leather, anise and spices are some of the notes that wrap around the insistent, pointed finish. There is plenty of nuance here, but not the early appeal of the year. This is a great showing, but readers will need to be patient. Anticipated maturity: 2017- 2029.  (10/ 2011)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Cherry and strawberry flavors are augmented by mineral and tobacco notes in this intense, harmonious red, which is almost chewy in texture and leaves a mouthcoating essence of sweet fruit on the finish. Combines finesse and power. Best from 2014 through 2026.  (4/ 2012)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Medium red. Musky aromas of chocolate and mint, with a slightly leafy quality. Sweet but reticent, showing a fine-grained texture but rather medicinal, bound-up flavors. Finishes with a substantial dusting of tannins. The most Barolo-like of these 2007s and in need of patience.  (11/ 2011)

90 points James Suckling

 I like the licorice, lemon grass and blackberry aromas to this young red. Full body, with firm tannins and a fresh finish. Turns racy and chewy with a polished texture. Better in 2014.  (7/ 2012)

90 points Wine & Spirits

 A transparent red flavor of forest berries is firmly stated even as this wine is more tannic than most of the 2007s from Produttori del Barbaresco. The structure, both in terms of alcohol and tannins, is present through a long finish. This needs bottle age for that structure to mellow.  (12/ 2011)

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By: Chris Miller |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/25/2012  | Send Email
Showing even more of the earthy, balsamico notes than the Ovello (the vineyards are right next to eachother), but with gobs of sappy red fruit. Huge tannic structure but they are ripe and silky. This will need at least 5 to 8 years to really come into itís own, and when it does, it could ultimately be the wine of the vintage for this producer. CM

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Varietal:

Nebbiolo

- Tar and roses are the two descriptors most associated with this red grape grown, almost solely, in Italy's Piedmont, where it has achieved fame under the guises of the incredibly and age-worthy wines of Barolo and Barbaresco. Characterized by chewy tannins, high acidity, high-tone cherry and raspberry fruit and truffle aromas and flavors, Nebbiolo has rightfully earned its reputation. Sadly the late-ripening varietal is quite delicate and is prone to disease as well as damage by hail that frequently pelts the region. Outside of Barolo and Barbaresco, Nebbiolo is grown in the DOCs of Gattinara, Spanna and Ghemme. The Nebbiolos of the Nebbiolo d'Alba DOC in the southeastern part of Piedmont are generally lighter and more immediately approachable versions of the grape, aged for less time than Barolo and Barbaresco, which also makes them less expensive. Langhe Nebbiolos are generally made from declassified fruit from the aforementioned regions of Barolo, Barbaresco and Nebbiolo d'Alba.
Country:

Italy

- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.
Sub-Region:

Piedmont

- Piedmont is in the Northwestern region of Italy, bordering France and Switzerland. Piedmont is predominantly a plain where the water flows from the Swiss and French Alps to form the headwaters of the Po river. The major wine producing areas are in the southern portion of the region in the hills known as the "Langhe". Here the people speak a dialect that is 1/3 French and 2/3 Italian that portrays their historical roots. Their cuisine is one of the most creative and interesting in Italy. Nebbiolo is the King grape here, producing Barolo and Barbaresco. In addition, the Barbera and Dolcetto are the workhorse grapes that produce the largest quantity of wine. Piedmont is predominantly a red wine producing area. There are a few whites made in Piedmont, and the Moscato grape produces a large volume of sweet, semi-sweet and sparkling wines as well.
Specific Appellation:

Barbaresco

- Barbaresco is a small village in Piedmont rising up out of the plain to sit in the Langhe hills. Here they produce a 100% Nebbiolo wine that takes its name from the village. Barbaresco is a serious wine of power and depth with an ability to age for multiple decades. Often thought of as the feminine version of Barolo, Barbaresco is a dramatically smaller region than its cousin. Barbaresco can only be produced within 1265 acres, and a maximum of 85,000 cases per year can be produced from the more than 500 growers. It is separated into four different communes of which three dominate, Barbaresco, Neive and Treiso. Angelo Gaja is perhaps one of the best known producers in the wine world, let alone Barbaresco, lives in the village. Recent technological and viticultural advances have made the wines more consistent, deeper in color and more flavorful. A wine of great perfume, the classic nose is "tar and roses", and complexity. Barbaresco is best served with roast meats, game birds or powerful cheese.