Produttori del Barbaresco Riserva "Rio Sordo" DOCG 2014 (Piedmont, Italy) - [WA 96] [WE 95] [WS 94] [VM 93]

Produttori del Barbaresco Riserva "Rio Sordo" DOCG 2014
(Piedmont, Italy) - [WA 96] [WE 95] [WS 94] [VM 93]

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About the Winery:

Produttori del Barbaresco is a legendary cooperative founded in the late nineteenth century and is the benchmark for the region's gorgeous wines. 

Here's what Wine Advocate's Monica Larner had to say about this winery:
"This important estate has been making the cru selections since 1978 and the house philosophy is to make them all, or not make them at all. General Manager Aldo Vacca says the co-operative counts 54 members, of which four joined the group within the past three years. Produttori del Barbaresco counts a total of 100 hectares (for an average annual bottle production of 500,000). Each individual farm is very small in size.

The cooperative's access to many small vineyards allows Produttori del Barbaresco to take advantage of the best grapes at the best prices.

About the Wine:
Grape variety: 100% Nebbiolo
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: 36 months in large oak barrels and 12 months in bottles
Bottling date: april 2017
Total production: 13.333 bottles
Vintage: medium body vintage with intense spicy fruit, tight, powerful tannins and long 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, venison, cheeses

Ratings & Reviews

96 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2014 Barbaresco Riserva Rio Sordo represents a jump forward in structure compared to the other three vineyards (Pora, Pajè and Ovello) that were tasted before this wine. The Riserva Rio Sordo shows a dark and solid personality, with a tight core of black fruit that will relax and unwind with more bottle aging in the cellar. It is also slightly sharper and more focused in terms of mouthfeel, with the kind of tannic tightness you always get with young Nebbiolo in the cooler vintages such as 2014. Barbaresco lovers should jot this one down." - Monica Larner (Jun 2019)

95 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"New leather, camphor, red-berry and rose aromas lead the way on this vibrant red. The medium-bodied palate offers sour cherry, pomegranate and white pepper accompanied by bright acidity and polished fine-grained tannins that lead to a firm finish." - Kerin O’Keefe (6/1/2019)

94 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"This red combines a rich, fleshy texture that verges on chewy with a firm structure and cherry, menthol, licorice, spice and mineral flavors. Dense, revealing tension and dusty tannins on the long finish. Shows terrific energy. Best from 2022 through 2042." - BS (June 12, 2019)

93 Points - Vinous Media:
"The 2014 Barbaresco Riserva Rio Sordo is the most open-knit and easygoing of these Riservas. Creamy and giving, the Rio Sordo is one of the more available of the Riservas in the early going, an impression that is reinforced by its mid-weight structure. Perfumed floral notes add lift to the dark, red-toned fruit." - Antonio Galloni (Oct 2018)

91 Points - James Suckling:
"A very ripe red with plum, light raisin and spice character. Full-bodied, chewy and tannic. Better in 2019 when the tannins soften." (Nov 2016)