Prunotto Barbaresco DOCG 2016 - Temple Cellars

Origin: Piedmont, Tuscany, Italy

Grapes: 100% Nebbiolo

Wine Spectator 94pts, James Suckling 93 pts, Robert Parker 91pts, Wine Enthusiast 90 pts

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2016 Barbaresco is fresh and lean with a bright and immediately open bouquet. This expression of Nebbiolo offers medium depth and persistence with wild cherry, rose, lavender and licorice-like aromas. You can drink this wine straight out of the gate or give it a few more years of bottle age.

Barbaresco  is an intense garnet red in color. The nose is complex with aromas of red fruit and spicy notes. The palate is full and velvety with a persistent finish. Prunotto’s Barbaresco is produced from vineyards in Treiso and Neive in the Barbaresco area, it’s the feminine expression of Nebbiolo. An aristocratic wine yet accessible and pleasant. It is aged in large oak barrels of varying capacities to enhance balance and softness on the palate.

Weather in January and the first part of February tended to be moderate with mild temperatures and limited precipitation.  The month of March brought frequent rainfall that abundantly replenished groundwater reserves in the vineyards.  The following months had lower than average temperatures causing a delay in vines recovering their growth cycle by about 10 days that continued up until the end of summer.  Harvesting began on September 30th and was completed on October 12th.

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