2011 Bersano "Nirvasco" Barolo

SKU #1247416 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Sour berry, rose, and chopped herb aromas follow through to the full-bodied palate along with black raspberry, licorice and a hint of mocha. Firm, ripe tannins provide the framework while a balsamic closes the finish. Drink 2018-2031. (KO)  (2/2016)

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By: Rachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/21/2016 | Send Email
Right when we opened the Bersano Barolo I got great, rich fruit and dry spice notes with well structured tannins. After letting it breathe for a few hours, the complexity of the wine became really apparent. The mid-palate is full of rich and robust ripe black cherry and blueberry flavors, while beautiful savory notes of dark mushrooms, dry earth and spice expand throughout the palate. The wine is full bodied with pronounced yet rounded tannins and has a long dry finish. Great to drink now or save!

By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/16/2016 | Send Email
Although Bersano is located in the heart of the Asti zone where Barbera is famous, they also have vineyards in Barolo. Their 2011 Nirvasco has just arrived and it's a wonderful value Barolo for sure. It's made in a more traditional fashion (as it's aged entirely in large casks) and offers classic aromas of red cherries, licorice and minerals while fresh, medium-bodied and elegant on the palate. Enjoy this with cheeses, pastas and meats.

By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/16/2016 | Send Email
This wine set off my value radar, big time! A classically-made Barolo, spending at least 36 months in big Slovenian oak casks and more in the bottle, the 2011 is already showing nicely, and I'm putting a few away because I'm excited to see where it goes. It pours a beautiful brick-red color, with a very clean bouquet. Despite seeming lighter in consistency, it has amazingly rich aromas of ripe red fruit, and on the palate, the rich fruit is accompanied by a delicious savory element. Approachable enough to drink tonight, but structured enough to drink in ten years, it might be worth getting a few!

By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/16/2016 | Send Email
This is a fabulous Nebbiolo with a bold nose and palette. There is plenty of savory and earth notes with some underlying hues of dark fruit and spice and finishes with chalky tannin for some structure. I can just picture drinking this alongside a bison burger or any other gamy meat dish!

By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/25/2016 | Send Email
I love this wine and the very user friendly 2011 vintage from Barolo and at such a GREAT price. This is rockin Nebbiolo! of great quality. Beautifully balance; the wine is medium to full bodied, but has richness and extraordinary aromatics (dry rose petals), with a seemingly unending finish. On the palate you will find tobacco, leather, raspberries with touches of anise and walnuts. This wine will drink well over the next five to eight years or so, but you will want to drink this now with friends and family. Buy plenty and stash a few away.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/23/2016 | Send Email
This is a truly classic Barolo; the nose shows hints of earth, smoke and tobacco with dark fruit underneath, slowly releasing bits of spiced fruit. On the palate veils of tannic structure surround a richly textured, supple center that is full of clove, cinnamon, rose and leather. The finish is persistent, penetrating and has a real lift and replays the spice and rose aromatics. Capable of aging another 15 years but balanced and developed enough to drink now. I’d decant it for a couple of hours and have it with braised meats.
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- 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.


- 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.


- 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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- Made from 100% Nebbiolo grapes, these wines take their name from the village of Barolo. A maximum of 205,000 cases per year can be made from 3081 acres of land divided between 11 communes and more than 1200 growers. La Morra, Barolo, Castiglione Falletto, Monforte and Serralunga are the most important communes and produce most of the exported wine. Barolo is a powerhouse wine in some communes but also more delicate in others (La Morra is the most delicate and Serralunga the most powerful). Recent technological and viticultural advances are remaking Barolo into a wine that is more consistent balanced. Producers here do not want to change the flavor or feel of their wines, only improve and eliminate poor winemaking technique. A wine of great perfume, body and size the classic nose of "tar and roses". Barolo is best served with roast meats the Piemontese classic would be "Stracotto del Barolo or pot roast cooked with a Barolo, game birds or powerful cheese.
Alcohol Content (%): 14