2011 Ugo Lequio "Gallina" Barbaresco

SKU #1208559 95 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Cellar Selection* Fragrant and balanced, this structured wine opens with an alluring fragrance of red rose petal, black raspberry, leather and spice. The ripe, savory palate delivers mature black cherry, balsamic notes, subtle oak and a touch of vanilla, all supported by a firm, tannic backbone and fresh acidity. It’s already fabulous but hold for complexity. Drink 2016–2026. (KO)  (12/2014)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2011 Barbaresco Gallina is perfumed and layered with bright red fruit at the core. You can feel the heat of the 2011 vintage, but not in a distracting or diminishing way, In fact, the pulp, rich quality of fruit is one of the wine’s nicest assets. The mouthfeel is elegant and streamlined. Drink: 2016-2027. 92+ (ML)  (7/2014)

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Staff Image By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/30/2015 | Send Email
I will echo my fellow colleagues reviews below as well as the professional reviews above: this is incredible Nebbiolo that is surprisingly approachable now! Cherry fruit, new leather, earth, tar, violet, rose, and tobacco and all present in this complex offering. Decant now, or lay down for years to come.

Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/11/2015 | Send Email
I love the 2011 Piemontese wines; they are amazing values. The wine’s perfume is pure Nebbiolo: raspberry fruit and dried rose petals with a touch of tobacco and lots of cedar, bursting with sweet fruit, tar, minerals, displaying outstanding depth and fine overall balance. This wine will drink well now and over the next few years, best with the heartiest meats or stews. Better yet, serve after dinner with some great aged cheeses (Pecorino Romano, Parmigiano-Reggiano or Asiago) and an olive tapenade.

Staff Image By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/11/2015 | Send Email
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Many of you who know me also know how I feel about Nebbiolo (in particular, Barolo and Barbaresco). I find the wines from Barolo and Barbaresco to possess way too much tannin, especially when they are infants. I think of the several hundred of cases of wine that I have in my temperature controlled wine room, I can count on one hand how many Barolos and Barbarescos that I have in that vast collection. Well, that is about to change! This Gem was unbelievably great at our last staff tasting of Italian wines (June 9th) and, after Rusty tried it too, I was ordered to bring home several cases. Medium-deep ruby in color, the nose is opulent and pronounced with blackberry, dry rose petals, and dusty mineral characteristics. In the mouth, this Gem gives forth a broad, rich, sweet core of fruit, that is deep, concentrated, and well integrated. Perfectly balanced and with excellent structure and acid backbone, the finish is long and warm. This has to be one of the most complex young wines that that I have ever tasted. Don’t miss it – it is a Great Value! ***** 15.0% *****
Drink from 2020 to 2035

Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/11/2015 | Send Email
While I love Nebbiolo on a personal level, from a professional standpoint it's often difficult to explain its appeal to those new to Italian wine. Great Barolo or Barbaresco is not only frequently expensive, it is usually tannic enough in its youth to discourage early consumption, requiring patience and time in the cellar to be at its best. What a delight then to discover the 2011 Ugo Lequio "Gallina" Barbaresco. The riper 2011 vintage yielded a wine that is open and accessible in its youth without sacrificing varietal character. Wonderful concentration and depth here at a very reasonable price.

Staff Image By: Jim Chanteloup | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/11/2015 | Send Email
This is a terrific Barbaresco that is showing very well right now, and a great introduction to Nebbiolo if you’ve never tasted the grape. Lifted aromas of ripe dried cherry, leather, tar, bittersweet chocolate and a floral high note soar from the glass. On the palate there is a rich core of fruit supported by good acidity and framed by fine grained tannins that lead to a long persistent finish.

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/11/2015 | Send Email
This wonderfully aromatic and open Barbaresco is drinking great right now, with plenty of manly power for the richest Osso Bucco. The folks at Ugo Lequio have given us a wine with the classic tar and roses of the best wines of Piedmont and the length of the best wines anywhere. Don't miss the great Gallina- it will be nice to have a few extra for the years to come!

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/11/2015 | Send Email
This is one of the more approachable and drinkable bottles of Barbaresco I've ever tasted. It has all the classic Nebbiolo flavor but with a softer, juicier center and delicate tannic structure. It's THE bottle for date night at your local Italian place because you can open it without decanting and still enjoy the flavor. That's a huge reason why I DON'T take more Nebbiolo wines out to dinner, but with the Gallina it's not an issue. Fantastic stuff that really delivers for the price.

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/11/2015 | Send Email
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The nose on this wine won me over from the first moment, it is bursting with high toned red fruits that reach out of the glass and envelope you. On closer examination the nose displays the classic rose petal and tar but layered behind the animated fruit. On the palate the wine shows a supple, luscious richness that is perfectly balanced with an energetic acidity and the requisite tannins, while segueing from the exuberant fruit it begins to display a more savory depth that slowly emerges in a long lasting finish. This wine is exhilarating to drink and will convert even the most novices of drinkers with its inviting freshness and fruit forwardness but savvy Nebbiolo drinkers will know the benefits of longer aging where that underlying savory character will marry with the stone and leather to create a truly magnificent experience. A truly outstanding wine.
Drink from 2015 to 2031

Staff Image By: Kyle Kurani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/9/2015 | Send Email
A picturesque Barbaresco. This wine is full of life and energy, and is in the wonderful position of being perfectly drinkable right now, as well as prepared for ten years in the cellar. The nose greets you with wild raspberry, plum and hints of leather and spice. The palate is full of red cherry, notes of anise and leather, with a textural and rich mouth feel. The tannins provide a beautiful and firm framework with acidity to match, drink now with a little bit of air, or hold for the future.

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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.