Produttori del Barbaresco Riserva "Ovello" DOCG 2017 (Piedmont, Italy) - [WA 94+] [VM 94] [JS 94] [WS 94] [TWI 93] [WE 93] [DM 93]

Produttori del Barbaresco Riserva "Ovello" DOCG 2017
(Piedmont, Italy) - [WA 94+] [VM 94] [JS 94] [WS 94] [TWI 93] [WE 93] [DM 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

Grape variety: 100% Nebbiolo

MGA: Ovello

Vineyard size: 20.3 hectares (50 acres)

Vineyard exposure: south - west / west Soil: calcareous limestone and clay

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: 17,2744 bottles and 1,128 magnums

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

Vineyard character: full bodied wines with intense red fruit matched by youthful tannins on the finish

Longevity: 20 years from the vintage

Vineyard owners: Audasso, Cavallo, Cravanzola, Gonella, Grasso, Maffei, Odore, Sarotto, Unio, Vacca, Varaldo

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

Ratings & Reviews

94+ Points - Wine Advocate:
"One of the bigger productions (with 17,744 bottles) in the Produttori del Barbaresco's portfolio is the 2017 Barbaresco Riserva Ovello. All of the Riservas in this vintage are characterized by especially exuberant and bold aromas, and this bottle is a prime example. Cassis, wild cherry, tobacco, rusty nail and licorice build intensity. The wine is tapered and silky in texture, but it also offers a good amount of power (and 15% alcohol) to carry it through the aging process.” – Monica Larner (Jun 2022)

94 Points - Vinous Media:
"The 2017 Barbaresco Riserva Ovello is a heady, explosive wine. I don’t think I have ever tasted an Ovello from the Produttori with this much heft. The strong mineral and saline accents typical of this site are present, but they are matched pound for pound by notable mid-palate richness and intensity in its fruit. The 2017 is a brooding powerhouse that needs time to unwind.” – Antonio Galloni (Feb 2022)

94 Points - James Suckling:
"A tight and pretty Barbaresco with a solid depth of fruit that shows ripe strawberry and terracotta character. Tannins spread across the palate in a chunky way like thick velvet. Juicy and thick at the end. Drink or hold.” (Aug 2022)

94 Points - Wine Spectator:
"Taut and sinewy, boasting cherry, black currant, grass, iron and tar notes. Powerful tannins drive the finish, which is compact for now. In the end, this is lightly astringent, but has plenty of drive and should find equilibrium with time. Best from 2026 through 2043. 1,580 cases made, 350 cases imported.” – BS (Apr 2023)

93 Points - The Wine Independent:
"The 2017 Produttori del Barbaresco Ovello Riserva shows dark brambly fruit with heady, fragrant, hay-like notes on the nose. The tannins have a silky and rounded texture and there is a mouth-watering freshness on the finish, slightly warming, and a green herb note comes and goes. The Ovello vineyard is the most northerly of these vineyard, higher altitude and a little further from the Tanaro so creating a slightly cooler mesoclimate and a lot more clay in the soil which may be why the fruit flavors are a little darker and greener in this wine. Wait 1-2 years and drink up to 20 years.” – Susan Hulme (Jul 2023)

93 Points - Wine Enthusiast:
"Menthol, star anise and blue flower aromas mingle with botanical herb. The full-bodied palate recalls cherry extract, licorice, fruitcake and baking spice alongside densely woven, fine-grained tannins. Drink through 2029.” – Kerin O’Keefe (Sep 2022)

93 Points - Decanter Magazine:
"The profile of this 2017 Riserva is completely different from the more graceful and balanced 2019. Nevertheless, the Ovello of Cantina Produttori del Barbaresco is a fiercely rustic yet good example. Restrained if not reductive, it opens up to reveal tobacco and dried cherry aromas with a lot of minty minerality. Austere and dark, it features crisp acidity and muscular tannins with a slightly rustic finish. Traditionally a great price-quality ratio. – Aldo Fiordelli (Jan 2022)