Vintage Piedmont Wine Tasting featuring Barbaresco, Barolo back to the 1974 vintage!

Saturday, February 27, 2021 - 07:30 PM

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"Good wine needs no bush."
 (from: As you like It) William Shakespear 1564-1616 English Dramatist & Poet

 

Barolo is one of the world’s most age worthy wines, but there is very little of these older vintage wines available on the open market today.   I like to compare these Italian treasures to the great wines of Burgundy, another region that deals with harsh conditions with a varietal that is very finicky. Nebbiolo like Pinot Noir only produces great wines in the a few areas of the world.

Barbaresco has always been considered lighter in style than Barolo but today that is not necessarily the case.  It is a much smaller wine producing region and with less producers than Barolo, so it is not as well-known and therefore not as respected by collectors although the most famous producer in the Piedmont Angelo Gaja is from Barbaresco.  He is the one man that has brought not only respect, but he has raised the bar for quality in this region and across the board the level of quality is very high in both Barbaresco and Barolo today.

Join us as we experience some of the best producers from both Barolo and Barbaresco all the way back to the 1974 vintage!  Chef Toni has created a special menu to accompany the tasting wines.  This tasting is limited to 14 tasters.  The fee for this tasting which includes dinner is $250 + tax, for reservations call 954-523-9463 or e-mail andy@winewatch.com.

Vintage Piedmont Wine Tasting featuring Barbaresco and Barolo back to the 1974 vintage!
Saturday, February 27, 2021
7:30 PM

1974 Scarpa Barbaresco Podere Barberis
1996 Oddero Barolo Vigna Rionda
1998 Martinetti Barolo Marasco
1998 Pelissero Barbaresco Vanotu
1999 Martinetti Barolo Marasco
1999 Pelissero Barbaresco Annata
2003 Icardi Barolo Parej
2003 Pelissero Barbaresco Tulin
2005 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le Coste
2005 Fratelli Grasso Vallegrande Barbaresco DOCG
2008 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo DOCG
2008 La Spinetta Barbaresco Valeirano
2010 Prunotto Barolo Bussia

Menu
Cheese and Charcuterie Selections
Beet and Goat Cheese Salad
Agnolotti filled with Mushroom duxelles served over Rosso di lago Crème Sauce
Barolo Braised Beef Shortrib with Vegetable Risotto

The fee for this tasting which includes dinner is $250 + tax, for reservations call 954-523-9463 or e-mail andy@winewatch.com.  Please let us know when you make your reservations if  you have any food allergies and chef Toni will be happy to accommodate you.

 

A bit about Barbaresco

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Barbaresco is a red wine produced in northwest Italy’s Piedmont region. Made from 100% Nebbiolo, Barbaresco, like its Barolo counterpart, is a highly tannic and acidic wine that needs years of cellaring to reach harmony. Prior to being released in the market, DOCG regulations require that the wines are aged for a minimum of 26 months, with at least 9 months spent in wood barrels; for the riserva bottlings, there is a mandated period of 50 months aging, with at least 9 months spent in wood barrels. Although Barbaresco and Barolo have much in common, traditionally Barbaresco tends to express a more feminine side, while Barolo is characterized as masculine and stately—but certainly exceptions exist. Expressive aromatically, scents of dried cherry, raspberry, licorice and rose petals are typical of the wine.

 

 

 

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A brief History of Barolo

Barolo has a long history of wine production, the area was named some 400 years ago and probably came from the Celtic brolio or brol, meaning "wood" or "orchard".   The region of Barolo encompasses approximately 3,000 acres of vines situated southwest of the town of Alba, in all or part of 11 communes.  First is La Morra, with nearly one-third of the total acreage.  Following in decreasing order are Serralunga d’alba, Monforte d’Alba, Barolo, and Castiglione Falletto, and parts of six other villages.  One of the most famous and most sought after vineyards in Barolo is Cannubi. 

There are two main valleys in the Barolo production zone: the Barolo Valley to the west, and the Serralunga Valley to the east.  La Morra and Barolo itself are the major villages in the western valley, which also encompasses Cherasco, Novello, Roddi d’Alba, Castiglione Falletto and Monforte are the major towns;  Diano d’Alba and Grinzane Cavour are also included in this district.  There are distinct characteristics that are indigenous to the wines of various area:  the wines of Serralunga Valley have suggestions of licorice and tar, the Barolos of Serralunga itself display camphor and mint; those from Castiglione Falleto have a pronounced licorice characteristic as well as nuances of spice, mint, dried peaches, and prunes; those from Monforte recall spices, mint hazelnuts, and almonds.  The wines from the Barolo Valley bring up underbrush and truffle, as well as licorice.  Those wines from the village of Barolo have less of a licorice character but more suggestions of underbrush, truffles, and mint.  The wines of la Morra, especially those from the slopes, combine nuances of white truffle, mint, tobacco, spices, cherries, and blackberries and those from Cannubi display motes of white truffles, underbrush, raspberries, and black cherries. 

 

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