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2008 Produttori del Barbaresco "Rio Sordo" Barbaresco Riserva

SKU #1138031 93 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Made by what is one of Italy's best co-operative cellars, this riserva from the legendary Rio Sordo vineyard offers intense underbrush aromas of truffle, pine forest, leather and balsamic notes. The palate has a core of juicy black cherries layered with cinnamon-spice and shows plenty of depth. Drink this after 2018 to let it develop more complexity. (KO) Inner quote mark (9/2013)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark A picture perfect example of site, the 2008 Barbaresco Riserva Rio Sordo is classic Rio Sordo. Medium in body, it possesses a sweet, open bouquet and a relatively medium-bodied personality next to the rest of the wines in this range. A long, pointed finish rounds things out nicely. Overall, the 2008 is a pretty, nuanced wine with lovely detail, precision and class, if not quite the visceral thrill of the very finest wines. (AG) Inner quote mark (10/2012)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Graphite and mineral aromas and flavors turn into cherry, licorice and sandalwood in this muscular, savory red, which is pungent and dense, with a tight-grained finish. Racy. (BS) Inner quote mark (11/2012)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Good medium red. Subdued aromas of dark plum, redcurrant and marzipan. Rich and velvety in the mouth; round, full and rather powerful, with red berry flavors firmed by a note of menthol. Finishes with substantial ripe palate-dusting tannins. This needs aging. (ST) 91+ Inner quote mark (11/2013)

K&L Notes

Produttori del Barbaresco is a type of 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 vineyard bottlings produced. These wines will always have their vineyards and growers noted and are quite special.


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