Produttori del Barbaresco Riserva "Montestefano" DOCG 2017 (Piedmont, Italy) - [WA 96] [WE 95] [VM 93+] [TWI 93] [WS 93]

Produttori del Barbaresco Riserva "Montestefano" DOCG 2017
(Piedmont, Italy) - [WA 96] [WE 95] [VM 93+] [TWI 93] [WS 93]

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About the Winery:
Produttori del Barbaresco exclusively vinifies Nebbiolo grapes from the vineyards owned by the 50 member-growers in within the Barbaresco DOCG appellation.

In any given vintage a Barbaresco and a Nebbiolo Langhe are produced. The former, first released in the 1958 vintage, is made by assembling grapes from different fully grown vineyards. This is the flagship wine of the winery, known all over the world for the solid quality and great value that it represents. The latter, first released in 1975, is made with a selection of grapes from younger vineyards in within the region. It is suited for earlier consumption and it is a great way to introduce one’s palate to the beauty of the Nebbiolo grape and the Barbaresco terroir.

In great vintages only, nine single vineyards are produced and released after four years under the Riserva (Reserve) program. These wines are produced from a selection of grapes sourced from nine historical premium sites within the Barbaresco village boundaries. Historical vineyards, known for centuries for producing high quality grapes and now worldwide famous also thanks to the Produttori del Barbaresco legacy. Their names are Asili, Montefico, Montestefano, Muncagota, Ovello, Pajè, Pora, Rabajà, Rio Sordo.

First released in 1967, they are vinified and aged with exactly the same style in order to show their different personalities at their best and purest form. A tasting of the nine "Produttori Crus" is therefore an unique experience, just like a walk through the hills of Barbaresco can be!

About the Wine

Variety: 100% Nebbiolo
Vineyard: Montestefano
Vineyard size: 3.9 hectares (9.6 acres)

Vineyard exposure: south / south-east

Soil: calcareous limestone

Vinification: fermentation at 30°c (85°f), 28 days of skin contact time, malolactic completed

Ageing: in 25-50 hl oak barrels for at least 30 months

Bottling date: june 2021

Total production: 14,486 bottles and 1,090 magnums

Vintage: medium body vintage with intense mineral and spicy aromas, balanced ripe tannins and elegant finish

Vineyard character: full bodied, dark and ripe fruit, thick on the palate, powerful finish

Longevity: 20 years from the vintage

Vineyard owners: Gonella, Maffei, Marcarino, Rivella, Rocca, Vacca

Food matches: fresh egg-pasta dishes, risotto, white and red meat, game, venaison

Ratings & Reviews

96 Points - Wine Advocate:
"The 2017 Barbaresco Riserva Montestefano is darkly concentrated and among the richest wines in this series of single-vineyard Riservas. Montestefano is angular, textured and bold with dark fruit aromas, dried blackberry, toasted almond and cured tobacco. With this vintage, you get an age-worthy wine that offers brawn and power for drinking in the medium term, but it will become increasingly silky and slender with time. Dusty tannins and crushed stone appear on the long finish. There were 14,486 bottles produced.” – Monica Larner (Jun 2022)

95 Points - Wine Enthusiast:
"New leather, camphor, cedar and dark spice aromas form the subtle but compelling nose. On the firmly structured palate, tightly knit, noble tannins support fleshy Morello cherry, crushed raspberry star anise and baking spice. Drink through 2029.” – Kerin O’Keefe (Sep 2022)

93+ Points - Vinous Media:
"The 2017 Barbaresco Riserva Montestefanois a potent, savory wine. Today, the fruit is very much in the background. A brooding, backward Barbaresco, the Montestefano clearly needs time, it is a somber, imposing Barbaresco. Dark plum, earthiness, cloves, menthol and licorice infuse the finish with notable gravitas. There’s plenty of Montestefano breadth and resonance.” – Antonio Galloni (Feb 2022)

93 Points - The Wine Independent:
"The 2017 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Montestefano Riserva shows spicy dark fruit with some cream, oak and a heavy perfumed qualty underneath. There is plenty of spicy, dark fruit flavors which are not fully revealing themselves yet and also, green fresh herb note. On the palate there are plenty of silty tannins, a velvety texture in the middle and bright, cleansing acidity on the finish. The aromas and flavors feel reserved at the moment and need more time to express themselves. Wait 2-3 years and drink up to 15 to 20 years.” – Susan Hulme (Jul 2023)

93 Points - Wine Spectator:
"Dense and rich, if on the austere side now, courtesy of burly tannins, with black cherry, plum, tar and mineral serving as the main flavor themes. Reveals terrific energy and length, with a chalky feel on the finish. Best from 2027 through 2045. 1,362 cases made, 300 cases imported.” – BS (Apr 2023)