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2007 Produttori del Barbaresco "Ovello" Barbaresco Riserva

SKU #1110096 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2007 Barbaresco Riserva Ovello comes across as cool, inward and reticent. In other words, very Ovello. It is one of the most complete of these 2007s, as the freshness of the site works to counter some of the more extroverted qualities of the year. The Ovello possesses stunning depth in its fruit, expressive inner perfume and firm yet refined tannins that provide the backdrop for all of the elements to come together beautifully in the glass. The Ovello seems to combine the best qualities of the Montestefano and Montefico. The huge, building finish provides a glimpse as to what awaits those who can exercise a measure of patience. This is a stunning Barbaresco on all counts. (AG) Inner quote mark (10/2011)

92 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Though hot like 2009, 2007 was more balanced. The summer was characterised by plenty of light, with very little fog in September - a rare year in which you could see the surrounding Alps clearly. The harvest was the longest on record, lasting almost four weeks with all the grapes possessing similar pH, colour and sugar. The wine is immensely likeable, demonstrating autumn leaf, truffle and slight vanilla nuances with silky tannins and relatively modest acidity. It's an easy-going Barbaresco, but just lacks some of the personality of 2009 and tension of 2008. (MM) Inner quote mark (6/2018)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark An austere, sinewy style, exhibiting strawberry, tea, white pepper, eucalyptus and iron flavors. It's all underscored by dense, dusty tannins, with plenty of grip on the tightly wound finish. (BS) Inner quote mark (4/2012)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Good full red. Currant, smoke, menthol and a touch of oak on the nose. Smooth and sweet but at the same time vinous and youthful, with the currant and smoke flavors carrying through onto the palate. This suave, deep wine finishes with substantial, building fine-grained tannins and a touch of medicinal austerity. According to Aldo Vacca, the 2007s show an extra element of smokiness across the board that combines well with their spiciness. (ST) 91+ Inner quote mark (10/2011)

K&L Notes

Produttori del Barbaresco is a cooperative arrangement between 56 growers in Barbaresco. Its roots go back to 1958 when small growers of the region working in cooperation with the priest of Barbaresco village came together to ensure the quality and uniqueness of their production. Each family still maintains their small vineyard holdings, and most years these are blended into either bottlings of Barbaresco or Nebbiolo, and in great years there can be one or more of 9 single vineyards produced. These wines will always have their vineyards and growers noted and are quite special.

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