2010 Bava Barbaresco

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This small selection of Barbaresco comes from a single vineyard, according to the producer: "Ageing in wood, this wine develops harmonious sensations with floral and spicy notes and an intense colour. Solid structure leading to great elegance which is typical of Nebbiolo for Barbaresco. We wanted a soft and enveloping wine, surely complex, but also able to combine the austere tones of the great Nebbiolo with more tenuous and elegant scents."

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By: Illya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/17/2016 | Send Email
This single vineyard Barbaresco is ready to go. Aging in small oak barrels gives this wine soft and silky mouth feel. Red fruit and spice continually ring throughout the wine. Rounded out by smooth and balanced tannins. Perfect with a wild mushroom ragu!!

By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/1/2016 | Send Email
From one of a handful of exciting new Piemontese producers recently added to our Italian Direct Import program. The 2010 Bava Barbaresco may be one of the best values we currently offer in a Barbaresco or Barolo. Classic Nebbiolo character. Elegant. Refined. Wonderfully floral in aroma. Crunchy red fruits with a hint of spice. Firm, structured finish. The quality of this 2010 vintage, the best in recent memory, is outstanding. It really begs for a few more years in the cellar to develop fully. Can be enjoyed now if you allow an hour or so for decanting.
Top Value!

By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/30/2016 | Send Email
From a beautiful southern exposed vineyard planted on well-drained limestone and marl soils, the Bava Barbaresco is an exemplary model of refinement and structure, where evocative scents and flavors of licorice, violets, black cherries, smoke and warm spices engage and captivate the palate, rounded by harmonious tannins and abiding acidity. A treasure trove of a Barbaresco, enjoyable in its relative youth but promising a wonderful future for those willing to wait a few more years.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/15/2016 | Send Email
Lush Maraska cherries, sweet baking spices and an elegant finish, what's not to LOVE from this great new producer in our DI program. You'd spend twice as much for this quality looking elsewhere.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/15/2016 | Send Email
From the stunning 2010 vintage Bava's Barbaresco has a sturdy backbone but it is exceedingly well balanced. Balance is the most important thing for me in a wine and Bava's ability to intertwine the fruit and spice to match the structure is special. Really drinkable now, but capable of aging for another decade plus.
Drink from 2016 to 2030

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.