Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Montestefano Riserva 2017
|Region||Italy, Piedmont, Barbaresco|
|Brand||Produttori del Barbaresco|
This is usually the last wine in this series of nine, representing the most powerful and concentrated side of the Nebbiolo spectrum as interpreted by Produttori del Barbaresco. The 2016 Barbaresco Riserva Montestefano (with 12,516 bottles released) is rich and darkly saturated, with a plush and opulent bouquet that is redolent of red berry, dried raspberry and candied orange peel. This is a blend of fruit from vineyards owned by the Gonella, Maffei, Marcarino, Rivella, Rocca and Vacca families. You feel the density of the wine on the palate, thanks to firm tannins and lots of extra fruit weight and texture. Despite that extra muscle (and the usual 15% alcohol content), Montestefano also shows a soft and especially enriched personality.
The 2016 Barbaresco Riserva Montestefano is another profound wine in this lineup. There is virtually no perception of tannin, as the fruit is so rich and so voluptuous. Dark cherry/plum fruit, spice, menthol, licorice and a whole range of balsamic inflections grow as the Montestefano shows off its class. This profound Barbaresco will thrill readers for years to come.
Singed by licorice, the plum, black cherry, tar and iron flavors are dense and tightly packed with the solid structure in this dynamic red. The fruit component offers great purity and intensity midpalate, followed by a strong grip of tannins on the finish. Best from 2025 through 2045. 1,362 cases made, 300 cases imported. — BS