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MWG March 8th tasting (4/5): I due Barbareschi

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Barbaresco 2007, Muncagota, Produttori del Barbaresco ($47.50, 11863223)
The 3.9 ha Muncagota (formerly Moccagatta) vineyard lies east of – and thus further from the river and the valley floor than –  the Asili and Pajè vineyards and it faces southeast, toward the cooler morning sun. 100% Nebbiolo. Fermented on the skins at 30ºC for 28 days. Matured 36 months in large oak barrels and six months in the bottle. 14.5% ABV.
Outgoing, complex nose: candied red berries, camphor, truffle, turned earth and more. In the mouth, rich bordering on lush with a creamy texture. Initially cloaked by firm, ripe fruit, the solid tannins turn a little rustic on the sustained finish. A mouthfilling wine of considerable purity and depth. Surprisingly accessible today but not peaking for another five to ten years. (Buy again? A single-vineyard Barbaresco of this quality for less than $50? Unmissable!)

Barbaresco 2008, Produttori del Barbaresco ($35.75, 10858182)
100% Nebbiolo from various Barbaresco vineyards. Fermented on the skins at 30º for 24 days, with pumping over two or three times a day. Aged 24 months in large oak barrels. 14.5% ABV.
Less exuberant nose: strawberry, spice and slate, eventually gaining rose and tar notes. Fresh and pure in the mouth, with fine tannins, lots of acidity and a whiff of kirsch on the long finish. Balanced overall and, to its credit, a little less full-throttle than the 2007. In other words, classic.  Closed enough that I initially thought it was the Muncagota, though as the wines breathed and opened up, it became clear this was the more generic bottling. (Buy again? With pleasure.)

For detailed information on the Produttori and their various wines, including notes on most of the other 2007 single-vineyard bottlings, see the Tasting with Aldo Vacca report.

Written by carswell

March 21, 2013 at 08:55

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