Produttori del Barbaresco Riserva "Rio Sordo" DOCG 2017 (Piedmont, Italy) - [WA 95] [WS 95] [TWI 94] [VM 93] [WE 93]

Produttori del Barbaresco Riserva "Rio Sordo" DOCG 2017
(Piedmont, Italy) - [WA 95] [WS 95] [TWI 94] [VM 93] [WE 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: Rio Sordo

Vineyard size: 4.5 hectares (11.0 acres)

Vineyard exposure: south - west

Soil: calcareous limestone with sandy veins

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: 10,000 bottles

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

Vineyard character: elegant wines of medium body, silky tannins and long finish

Longevity: 20 years from the vintage

Vineyard owners: Alutto, Marengo

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

Ratings & Reviews

95 Points - Wine Advocate:
"The 2017 Barbaresco Riserva Rio Sordo (with 10,000 bottles released) has a mineral character and a sleek, firm approach that gives this wine its special identity. The wine is polished, almost glossy in texture with blackcurrant, plum and wild rose, and the tannins are gripping, although the Rio Sordo sports a lean to medium-rich density overall.” – Monica Larner (Jun 2022)

95 Points - Wine Spectator:
"Delivers depth and velvety texture, which are a perfect foil for the saturated cherry and raspberry fruit flavors. Underlined by mineral and spice notes, this is harmonious and long, with a mineral aftertaste. Feels approachable now, but this has structure and will age beautifully. Best from 2025 through 2043. 1,111 cases made, 200 cases imported.” – BS (Apr 2023)

94 Points - The Wine Independent:
"The 2017 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Rio Sordo Riserva is lively and juicy. The nose takes time to open up but when it does it is lovely with sweetly floral notes, and on the palate there are black cherries and brambly fruits, a little cinnamon and notes of cream and spice. The texture is velvety with lots of gravelly, quite firm tannins and a nice freshness. These wines are made in a traditional style but with a focus on acidity and freshness giving it a brightness and intensity that punctuates the soft, caressing texture. Wait 1 – 2 years.” – Susan Hulme (Jul 2023)

93 Points - Vinous Media:
"The 2017 Barbaresco Riserva Rio Sordo shows the natural intensity of the year, and yet retains a good bit of the aromatic lift that is so typical of Nebbiolo at its best. Silky, perfumed and poised, the Rio Sordo is impressive in this tasting. Spice and floral notes lift a core of red-toned fruit in this mid-weight yet packed Barbaresco from the Produttori. This has very fine potential.” – Antonio Galloni (Feb 2022)

93 Points - Wine Enthusiast:
"The nose offers cedar, raspberry and balsamic notes suggesting camphor. On the chewy palate, tight, fine-grained tannins support ripe Morello cherry, licorice, mint and a hint of coffee bean. Drink through 2029.” – Kerin O’Keefe (Sep 2022