K&L Wine Merchants - Header

Sub-$20 Barbaresco from the Celebrated 2013 Vintage - Unrivaled Value in Nebbiolo - 02/13/2018 - Italy

Barbaresco, like so many of the world’s great wine regions, has seen an exponential rise in prices in recent years. Hence, when we find a bottle that delivers true Barbaresco character that’s priced under the $40 mark, and comes from a top vintage like 2013, we take notice. The 2013 Bersano "Mantico" Barbaresco, at a market-low price of $19.99, meets this criteria perfectly. It combines the elegance and finesse for which Barbaresco is so well known with a well-defined structure and a seductive delivery. Its profile moves seamlessly from nuanced flavors of raspberry and cherry to earthier tones of mushroom, rosemary, and smoke. From the first sip alone, you’ll be amazed that this 2013 is so attractively priced. Those who give the wine extra time to open up will be rewarded with additional tones of dried cranberry, tobacco, and mineral. It really is a splendid wine that has the profile to appeal to a great many. We have certainly enjoyed the “Mantico” on its own, but it is with food that it will truly strut it stuff. Whether you are looking for an affordable weeknight Italian house red, or to satisfy your Nebbiolo fix - this 2013 more than fits the bill.

Staff Image

2013 Bersano "Mantico" Barbaresco ($19.99)

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Subtle aromas of leafy underbrush, leather, truffle and red berry come together on this while the full-bodied palate delivers juicy red cherry, raspberry compote, baking spice and grilled herb. Chewy tannins provide the framework while a note of star anise closes the finish. (KO)" (10/2016)

90 points James Suckling: "This shows delicate aromas of rosemary with red licorice and dried berries. This is delicate and light-bodied with almost no tannins, good freshness and a nice, fruity finish. Really enjoyable." (11/2016)

Staff ImageDavid Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 07, 2018

I'm absolutely in love with Nebbiolo. Am constantly on the hunt for Piedmont stuff that I can afford to drink on the regular. As with Burgundy, it can get a little dicey with the low end side of the market, so when we find an inexpensive and varietally correct Nebbiolo at an affordable price, we tend to hoard it. Typically, I'll direct people to the other end of the store, but in this case I felt the an absolute obligation to alert our customers to this special wine. For years, we've been led to believe that Barolo is the big masculine brother of the elegant and sophisticated sister, Barbaresco. Of course this over simplification does nothing but serve to confuse an already complex region. That said this little Barbaresco, fits rights pretty nicely into stereotype without sacrificing it's integrity or varietal character. All this at about half the price we'd expect to pay. Already drinking like a dream, but with the meat to last for years, the nose has the complexity and nuance of a top tier Nebbiolo. Baskets of savory treats, a touch of salumi, a dried floral and earthy spice. Behind all that a beautiful linear lifted red fruit tone. Lip smacking acidity, wonderful texture and a long satisfying finish tie the entire package up with a perfect little bow. Easily one of the most quaffable wines available in the price point. This is a must buy for me.

Staff ImageHeather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 05, 2018

Well-made Barbaresco at an affordable price-point? Yes please! This lovely bottling has all the elements that I look for in a good Barbaresco, and certainly has the bones to age, even though the fruit has a youthful charm right now. If you do open it now, I'd recommend at least an hour decant to open up the wine, and make sure to enjoy with food. Barbaresco is such an excellent food wine, and this is no exception. Medium bodied, with savory olive, red plum and sandalwood, this wine is absolutely stunning, and a crazy bargain at the price.

Staff ImageJoe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 01, 2018

This is a supple, lovely, floral and forward Barbaresco from the great 2013 Piemonte vintage. Unlike many of those 2013's, however, this will not set you back $60+ dollars and will not require years of cellaring. The price is right, the wine tastes great now, and any fan of Nebbiolo should absolutely load up!

Staff ImageKeith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 31, 2018

Barbaresco for under $20? Yes, that's correct. But could it be good? Yes, it is! The Bersano "Mantico" almost defies credibility by being exactly what it purports to be - a gorgeous and inviting Barbaresco for the most reasonable of prices. The wine captures the more elegant stylings of Barbaresco with perfumed fruits of Bing cherry and dried strawberry finishing with savory spices, oolong tea and much more supple tannins. It takes a lot of work and negotiating to get grande marques wines like Brunello, Barolo and Barbaresco down to prices like this, so kudos to buyer, Greg St. Clair for bringing home the prize for what is destined to be one of the best values of the year.

Staff ImageAnthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 31, 2018

If you're looking for something fantastic to have with your pasta/risotto tonight or diving into the world of Barbaresco/Barolo, make this your first stop. A great expression of Nebbiolo that gives you an idea of what the region is all about, but in a more "ready to drink" style. A touch juicier, but with all of the structure Barbaresco is known for.

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 31, 2018

This easy to like super value is a wonderful introduction to the great wines of the Barbaresco region in Northern Italy. This is gentle and fruity with rose petal aromas to go with the liberal dusting of dried cherry fruit. Very fine tannins on the elegant finish add precise grip for matching to a wide variety of food.

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 31, 2018

This is the deal of the year on honest-to-god Barbaresco, made old school by Bersano since 1907. Aged in giant Slovenian barrels for a year, then several more in bottle, this has classic Nebbiolo character and power that is actually drinking great now. Rich cranberry, cherry fruit with the classic mint/amaro herb notes you often get from a great Barbaresco. It has plush, grippy tannins and the acidity to ensure several years of aging potential. If you are into the wine of the kings you ought to take advantage of this one while it lasts.

Staff ImageRachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 16, 2018

Our best value Barbaresco is back! At $20 this ruby color wine starts with a perfect blend of fresh fruit and earth aromatics while hints of anise intensify the savory aspect of the wine. A bright acidity meets the medium body and medium tannin structure on the palate. A touch of toasted oak spice keep the wine fragrant with coriander and fennel seeds while the dense red fruit keep the mid-palate gently weighted.

Staff ImageJohn Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 15, 2018

The 2013 Bersano Barbaresco represents outstanding value with the convergence of a great vintage and an exceptional price. This authentic Nebbiolo highlights classic characteristics of earthy red fruits, licorice, dried florals and a hint of leather. It's light on its feet yet has deceptive tannins and acidity that bring it together. It's perfect for meats, cheeses and pasta dishes.

Staff ImageMike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 11, 2018

I love the 2013 Piemontese wines; they are amazing values. The wines perfume is pure Nebbiolo: raspberry fruit and dried rose petals with a touch of tobacco and lots of cedar, tar and 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 ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 09, 2018

The nose is full of leather, earth, cedar, cinnamon and hints of red fruit, although this is a subtle wine, more classically Piemontese it isnt ebullient fruity, its subtle, hidden and above all shy. On the palate you see this is Nebbiolo, and old school Nebbiolo at that, gritty, astringent, did I say shy? Yet the wine has a center that shows a bit more weight, it is balanced, has depth but is inherently reticent. Once on the palate this wine begins to expand shows a bit of that earthy, gritty, leathery character comes out with hints of smoke and mushroom. The more time this wine spends in a decanter or a glass it opens exponentially, adding little twists and turns, more grit and then wafts of violet and rose. This isnt a Gaja Barbaresco at $20 a bottle, its a $20 Barbaresco but it has real intrigue and character and for me would be great with a wild mushroom risotto.