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Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco 2020  - First Bottle

Reviews

95 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
The 2020 Barbaresco boasts an ample set of aromas with wild cherry, blue flower, sweet spice and crushed limestone. As always, the wine paints an exciting and authentic portrait of Nebbiolo, albeit with a little more richness and texture in this vintage. This is especially true in terms of the palate, where the wine offers mid-weight intensity with melting tannins. This ambitious release of 300,000 bottles is slated to hit the market in fall 2023.
94 Decanter -
Still vinous, with youthful strawberry notes, rosebud, violet, liquorice and a whiff of cinnamon. Savoury and floral on the palate which is dominated by firm, crisp, long acidity and velvety ripe tannins of an amazing quality; perhaps just a bit stern on the aftertaste. Amazing Barbaresco. Here we have the cooperative of Barbaresco and one known as producing some of the best-priced quality wines in all of Langhe. This will not be released before October 2023.
93 Jeb Dunnuck -
Ripe red in color, the 2020 Barbaresco boasts a nice balance of purity and ripeness, with lifted spice notes of dried cherries, peppercorn, pine, and anise. An impressive Barbaresco, it’s medium-bodied and offer sanguine richness and yet has a weightless feel. It’s propelled forward through the palate, with bright orange peel notes, vibrant acidity, fine tannins, and a long finish. It has more richness in this vintage as well as having a lot of finesse and elegance to offer. It’s an exceptional entry Barbaresco. Drink 2026-2040.
92 James Suckling -
This is aromatic and attractive with notes of dried cherries, hibiscus, cocoa and bark, following through a medium body with polished and refined tannins with velvety texture, and a linear finish. Fresh and floral at the end with a bright red fruit backbone. Drink from 2025.
92 Vinous -
The 2020 Barbaresco is a lovely, harmonious wine that will drink well with minimal cellaring. Forward fruit and soft curves are perhaps a bit uncharacteristic for young Barbaresco but that also make the wine very enjoyable. Juicy red cherry/plum fruit, rose petal, spice, cedar, mint and tobacco all meld together in the glass. Classicists will probably prefer other vintages, but it's hard not to like the 2020 for its charming, effusive personality. At the same time, aeration brings out greater aromatic presence and a good deal of instruction, too.

Technical Details

  • WinemakerGianni Testa
  • CountryItaly
  • RegionPiedmont
  • AppellationBarbaresco
  • OakLarge oak casks
  • Aging/Cooperage24 Months
  • Alcohol14.5%

Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco 2020

Nebbiolo  |  Italy
WA95, DC94, JD93, VN92, JS92

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If you learn one name in Barbaresco, Produttori is the one. This legendary producer makes 9 single vineyard crus from some of the best nebbiolo sites in Barbaresco, but this wine – their so-called “normale” is what really put them on the map. 95 points and the generous, pleasure-inducing 2020 vintage is what’s on offer today – but sadly, even less available than last year!

The Produttori del Barbaresco, founded in 1958, is perhaps the wine world’s most famous co-op. 51 members controlling over 100 hectares of the best nebbiolo vineyards in Barbaresco. These wines have long stood as the benchmark for the region – both stylistically and qualitatively. Their normale has always been a standard bearer for Barbaresco wine – widely regarded as the most consistent wine vintage to vintage, over the decades, anywhere in the world. Seasoned wine lovers know – you simply can’t go wrong with Produttori!

Great scores are on par with last year’s fantastic 2019 vintage, yet the wines are near opposites in style. While 2019 is an enduring and powerfully taut vintage that will show best after years (even decades) in cellars, the 2020 is a pleasurable and amiable sip that offers pure and vivid fruit, and plenty of concentration – just with an open and friendly aspect that makes this simply stunning even now. Barbaresco truly thrived in 2020, the 2nd in a string of three exceptional, albeit very different vintages. At First Bottle’s fantastic pricing, this is a rare chance to buy a Barbaresco icon that can be enjoyed both now and throughout the next decade. That is 100% the plan we’re taking personally with this wine, and we can’t recommend enough that you do the same!

Aromas of roses, peonies, and sandalwood arise from the glass, with fresh-turned earth, and sweet balsamic notes lingering close behind. Overall, this release offers a rich and full style for Barbaresco – showcasing an ample and prodigious vintage – but nevertheless reigned in by crushed limestone and wet asphalt accents, and bright and bountiful cherries, blueberries, and sweet anise sensations. A tart and bright wave of cranberries and blood oranges extends this impressively, culminating in a charcoal dust and graphite-driven finish. A brief decant of 30 minutes or so allows the wooded cloak that protects this young wine to lighten and integrate considerably, and then all bets are off! We finished this in record time...and you just might too!

PAIRING IDEAS: Give this a go with this fusion twist – classic red wine braised short ribs but with a broth spiced in a decidedly Vietnamese flavor palate – mint, coriander, basil, and lemongrass, along with spices like star anise, cinnamon, and ginger. The spice resonance in both the wine and the dish will take this to the next level...guaranteed!

About the Producer

The legendary Produttori del Barbaresco, founded in 1958 in Barbaresco, creates some of the finest values in the entire world of wine. As Robert Parker once put it, Produttori “...continues to set some of the highest standards of winemaking for any cooperative in the world.” With 51 members contributing their grapes, controlling 250 acres of world-class Nebbiolo from a variety of terroirs and exposures.