Italian Editor Kerin O?Keefe reviews all Italian wines for Wine Enthusiast. Previously she?wrote regularly on Italian wine for Wine News, World of Fine Wine and?Decanter. She is the author of?Franco Biondi Santi: The?Gentleman of Brunello?(2005),?Brunello di Montalcino: Understanding and?Appreciating One of Italy's Greatest Wines?(2012) and?Barolo and?Barbaresco: The King and Queen of Italian Wine?(2014).
The grapes for this wine come from some of the most-respected vineyards in the Barbaresco DOCG (Gallina, Messoirano, Valtorta, and a part of Santo Stefano). It is made from 100% Nebbiolo grapes grown on vines that average 30 years of age. The grapes for this wine are pressed and then allowed to mature in wooden vats for 2 years to smooth the tannins and develop the wines" complex flavors.Medium garnet in color, aromas of red fruits and cassis are complemented by delicate hints of licorice, smoke, and caramel. The tannins in this wine are central to the mouth feel, yet they are neither astringent nor tight...in other words, a perfect example of the Neive style.