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Professional Ratings: 93 The Wine Advocate, 93 International Wine Cellar, 91 Wine & Spirits, 90 Wine Spectator
Region: Piedmont, Italy
Other Info: Collectible Wines
Style: Big & Bold
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Item no. 113955
2008 Barbaresco is garnet in color. The nose is almost sensual in its complexity, with aromas of forest fruits, plums, licorice, mineral and coffee scents. The taste is long, with a complex finish with fine, silk-like tannins and good acidity; dense structure, full of super-ripe fruit.
The 2008 Barbaresco emerges from the glass with sweet red cherries, spices, flowers and licorice. This is an attractive Barbaresco with excellent depth and a firm, tannic spine that is very nicely integrated with the fruit. The 2008 isn't a blockbuster, but it should drink well with minimum cellaring. This is a classic, linear Barbaresco endowed with terrific energy and focus. Right now the 2008 seems to be holding its cards close to the vest. I would not be surprised to see it show even better in a few years' time. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2028.
Medium red with a hint of amber at the edge. Soil-driven aromas of red fruits, mocha, smoke, underbrush and dried rose. Sweet, plush, seamless and elegant; distinctly suaver than the 2009, with the dried flower element lifting the mid-palate. Lovely nuanced wine, finishing long and serious, with broad, ripe, building tannins and very good grip.
As black as pitch up front, this wine's substantial extract yields floral scents, earthy porcini and truffle notes and meaty scents of salumi, all emerging out of the wine’s dark density. This is a generous, full-bodied Barbaresco, structured to age.
Chewy in texture, offering flavors of cherry, tar, licorice, coffee and white pepper. Though tannic and dusty, there's richness and sweet fruit for balance in the end. Best from 2014 through 2025. 500 cases imported.