Prunotto Barbaresco DOCG 2011 (Piedmont, Italy) - [WE 92] [JS 91] [AG 90]

Prunotto Barbaresco DOCG 2011
(Piedmont, Italy) - [WE 92] [JS 91] [AG 90]


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Notes from the Winemaker:

Taste:
garnet red in color, of good tonal intensity, complex in aroma with notes of red fruit and spices, full and velvety on the palate with a long finish and aftertaste. Its structured and full-bodied character make it an excellent match for meat dishes and for cheese. Serve at a temperature of 17° centigrade (62° Fahrenheit).

Climate Vintage:
the 2011 vintage will long be remembered as a completely atypical one for the extreme swings from one type of climate to another during the various phases of the growing season which characterized it. Normal winter weather was followed by high temperatures in April, which led to an early – two week – start in the growth and development of the vegetation.
In the months which followed the climate swung from periods of elevated temperatures to others which were less warm. During the month of August temperatures were above 30° centigrade (86° Fahrenheit) and this warmth, with the assistance of the ample reserves of water in the soil, helped maintain the anticipation of the various phases of the ripening cycle already noted. The harvest, consequently, began twelve days earlier than the usual seasonal averages; the white grapes, extremely healthy at the time of picking, gave wines well balanced in their alcohol, acidity, and aroma. The red grapes, in general, gave wines of excellent quality, full, balanced, and very rich in color.

Vintage:
selected grape bunches were destemmed and pressed, and the fermentation with skin contact lasted fifteen days at maximum temperatures of 30° centigrade (86° Fahrenheit). The malolactic fermentation was completed before the 0nset of winter. The wine was aged principally in 50 and 75 hectoliter French oak casks, with a small part aged in 60 gallon oak barrels used once previously. A further ten month period of bottle aging in the Prunotto cellars preceded commercial release.
Alcohol 13,5°

Grapes: Nebbiolo 100%


Ratings & Reviews


92 Points & Editors’ Choice - Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"Aromas of wild cherry, rose petals and cake spices lead the nose. The juicy palate offers ripe black cherry, fleshy raspberry, white pepper and mineral notes alongside bracing, refined tannins and fresh acidity. This will offer fine drinking through 2020." - Kerin O’Keefe (10/1/2014)

91 Points - James Suckling:
"Aromatic and fresh with dried-berry, dried-mushroom and dried-citrus character. Full body, firm tannins and a crisp finish. Better in 2016 when the tannins soften." - (January 1, 2015)

90 Points - Antonio Galloni's Vinous:
"The 2011 Barbaresco is a pretty, entry-level offering. Sweet tobacco, crushed flowers, orange peel, spices, anise and dried cherries lift from the glass in a feminine, gracious Barbaresco with considerable near and medium-term appeal. Despite its mid-weight personality, the 2011 has more than enough depth and density to drink well for at least a handful of years." - Antonio Galloni (July 2014)

89 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"A pretty style, with strawberry and cherry notes uplifted by a supple texture and refined tannins. Well-proportioned, firming up on the long finish. Best from 2017 through 2026. 1,250 cases imported." – BS (Web Only - 2014)