Friday, November 4, 2011

Trip to Europe (Piemonte-Italy-Fall 2011)...Tasting at Produttori del Barbaresco

(Day 9)
November 1, 2011. The next morning, we drove back to Barbaresco again. On this day, we focused on all Barbaresco producers.

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Our first appointment was at Produttori del Barbaresco, which was right next to Trattoria Antica Torre (our previous night’s dinner spot) and just across from the famous tower.

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Aldo, who is the managing director of Produttori, gave us a tour of the winery. We also walked up to the tour to see the view of vineyards. Produttori is a co-op since 1958. There are currently 52 farmers registered with the winery. Produttori has their own winemakers to produce wines from the grapes grown in different vineyards by different growers.

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We tasted the following wines (they make wines only from Nebbiolo grapes):
2010 Langhe, Nebbiolo
2007 Barbaresco
2006 Barbaresco
…no single vineyard wine was made on 2006 vintage.
2008 Barbaresco…bottled in April. Not yet released.
2005 Barbaresco, “Paje”…One of 9 crus they make. 2005 grapes were picked before rain for Barbaresco, while they were picked after in Barolo.

They make impressive quality wines especially for the prices.