2013 Bersano "Mantico" Barbaresco

SKU #1339690 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)

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Staff Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/7/2018 | Send Email
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 Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/5/2018 | Send Email
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 Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/1/2018 | Send Email
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 Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/31/2018 | Send Email
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 Image By: Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/31/2018 | Send Email
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 Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/31/2018 | Send Email
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 Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/31/2018 | Send Email
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 Image By: Rachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/16/2018 | Send Email
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 Image By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/15/2018 | Send Email
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 Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/11/2018 | Send Email
I love the 2013 Piemontese wines; they are amazing values. The wine’s 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 Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/9/2018 | Send Email
The nose is full of leather, earth, cedar, cinnamon and hints of red fruit, although this is a subtle wine, more classically Piemontese it isn’t ebullient fruity, it’s 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 isn’t a Gaja Barbaresco at $20 a bottle, it’s a $20 Barbaresco but it has real intrigue and character and for me would be great with a wild mushroom risotto.
Drink from 2018 to 2023

Additional Information:

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.
Country:

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.
Sub-Region:

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.
Specific Appellation:

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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14