2016 Produttori del Barbaresco "Pora" Barbaresco Riserva (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1554872 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Starting off this tasting of new Riservas from Produttori del Barbaresco is the 2016 Barbaresco Riserva Pora. This is a beautifully elegant and silky wine with a soft entry of wild berry fruit, lilac and wild rose. The bouquet opens gracefully with a fluid, slow-building intensity that feels silky and delicate to all the senses. It holds back from showing any overt or determined level of power, remaining instead silky and smooth throughout. It treads quietly and softly. Production is 13,403 bottles, and fruit is sourced from the Dellaferrera and Manzone family vineyards. I came back to this wine 24 hours after the bottle was open and added one more point to my score. (ML) Inner quote mark (6/2021)

95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2016 Barbaresco Riserva Pora is a brooding wine, its mid-weight structure notwithstanding. Iron, smoke, tobacco, cedar and dried flowers add a feral, earthy quality that is so appealing. Pora is often one of the more approachable Riservas in this range, but the 2016 is an exception. Readers should be prepared to cellar it for at least a few years. (AG) Inner quote mark (10/2020)

95 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This red is saturated with bright cherry, strawberry and currant fruit. Mint, iron, tar and green, vegetal elements peek through as this evolves on the palate through the long finish. Assertive tannins put the grip on the finish, yet the intense fruit will come forward with time. (BS) Inner quote mark (11/2021)

93 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Since 1958, 50 families have come together in this cooperative in order to share their grape production, making some of the best Barbaresco wines from a quality-price point of view. The fierce, classic character of the five-starred 2016 vintage emerges in this ruby-colored Riserva. It's intensely floral, with fruit aromas ranging between strawberry and raspberry. A mineral tone of petrichor or wet slate introduces a savory character, joined by firm, chewy tannins and acidity, still rugged at present but often able to evolve. A complex wine worth seeking out, even if it's not easy to drink right now. Inner quote mark (3/2021)

93 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The Produttori’s 2016 Pora is again more red fruity out of the blocks than I am accustomed to in most young vintages of this bottling, which probably shows the beneficial aspect of the perfect Indian Summer ripening period in October of 2016. Like the Pajè in 2016, the Pora is already uncharacteristically very expressive aromatically, though it still carries it customary structural chassis for long aging. The bouquet jumps from the glass in a beautiful blend of red plums, cherries, spit-roasted venison, curry-like spice tones, forest floor, woodsmoke and a lovely mélange of both savory and floral aspects in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, chewy and full-bodied, with an excellent core of fruit, striking soil inflection, ripe, firm and chewy tannins, excellent focus and grip and a very long, nascently complex and classic finish. There is a beautiful synthesis here of the inherent elegance of the 2016 vintage and the sturdy style of the Pora vineyard that will make for a stellar bottle in the years to come! Inner quote mark (3/2021)

K&L Notes

96 Points Ian D'Agata for Terroir Sense: "In typical Pora style, a beautifully elegant, nobly tannic wine that boasts sneaky but considerable concentration, complexity and depth lurking deep below the surface. Still fairly shut down, sporting an almost brooding quality, this beautiful wine will require patience and attention to discern all it has to offer, as it is so magically balanced that it seems almost deceptively simple. This beautiful Barbaresco will age extremely well; though it is no tannic blockbuster, the 2016 Pora really offers a deep core of fruit and minerals, making it seem very much like an iron fist in a velvet glove. Less tannic than the 2016 Rio Sordo or Rabajà, it has a much suaver mouthfeel and personality than both those wines. In other words, think Musigny, not Bonnes Mares."

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