Produttori del Barbaresco Montestefano Riserva Barbaresco 2017 / 750 ml.

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RP9696 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 23rd Jun 2022
The 2017 Barbaresco Riserva Montestefano is darkly concentrated and among the richest wines in this series of single-vineyard Riservas. Montestefano is angular, textured and bold with dark fruit aromas, dried blackberry, toasted almond and cured tobacco. With this vintage, you get an age-worthy wine that offers brawn and power for drinking in the medium term, but it will become increasingly silky and slender with time. Dusty tannins and crushed stone appear on the long finish. There were 14,486 bottles produced.
SP9393 pts. - Wine Spectator - Oct 31, 2022
Dense and rich, if on the austere side now, courtesy of burly tannins, with black cherry, plum, tar and mineral serving as the main flavor themes. Reveals terrific energy and length, with a chalky feel on the finish. Best from 2027 through 2045. 1,362 cases made, 300 cases imported. (Bruce Sanderson)

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RP96 96 pts. / Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate (23rd Jun 2022)

The 2017 Barbaresco Riserva Montestefano is darkly concentrated and among the richest wines in this series of single-vineyard Riservas. Montestefano is angular, textured and bold with dark fruit aromas, dried blackberry, toasted almond and cured tobacco. With this vintage, you get an age-worthy wine that offers brawn and power for drinking in the medium term, but it will become increasingly silky and slender with time. Dusty tannins and crushed stone appear on the long finish. There were 14,486 bottles produced.

SP93 93 pts. / Wine Spectator (Oct 31, 2022)

Dense and rich, if on the austere side now, courtesy of burly tannins, with black cherry, plum, tar and mineral serving as the main flavor themes. Reveals terrific energy and length, with a chalky feel on the finish. Best from 2027 through 2045. 1,362 cases made, 300 cases imported. (Bruce Sanderson)

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Located in northwestern Italy near the Italian Alps, Piedmont is home to two of Italy's more famous wines: Barolos and Barbarescos. Each of these wines are made with the Nebbiolo grape, which is the premier red grape in the region. Other red grapes of note used in Piedmont include Barbera and Dolcetto. Among white wine grapes used in Piedmont are Moscatos, which are increasing in popularity here in the US. Piedmont's capital city Torino is also home to large productions of Vermouth, also made from Moscato.

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Italy is famous for its powerful, sleek, and elegant reds wines from ancient growing areas with legendary names such as Chianti, Barolo, Barbaresco, Montepulciano. Italian white wines are also gaining popularity: Orvieto, Pinot Grigio, and Sauvignon are excellent examples of Italian white wines.

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SKU 97628
Product Type Wine
Alternate Name Produttori del Barbaresco Montestefano Riserva Barbaresco
Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Product Location - Location-Appellation Barbaresco
Package Size 750 ml.
Proof/Alcohol by Volume 14.5%
Wine/Spirit Brand Produttori del Barbaresco
Bottles per Case 12
Vintage 2017
Can it Be Shipped Yes
Premier Pick No
Wine Type Table Wine
Wine - Color Red
Grape(s) 100% Nebbiolo
Primary Grape Nebbiolo
Dollar Sale (Y/N) No

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The 2014 Barbaresco Riserva Ovello is bright and piercing, as it so often is, and yet it also has more than enough fruit to fill out its mid-weight, energetic frame. Pine, mint, crushed rocks and sweet red plum build into the huge, piercing finish. The Ovello is another wine in this range that demands patience. Even in the early going it is super impressive. The 2014 s an unusually dense, packed Ovello. It should be terrific in another few years’ time.
RP9595 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 28th Jun 2019
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SP9595 pts. - Wine Spectator - Oct 31, 2022
Dense, featuring fruit flavors of plum, cherry and raspberry, with accents of tar, eucalyptus and iron. A powerful red that needs time to resolve the muscular tannins, with plenty of ripe fruit coursing underneath. Best from 2026 through 2043. 1,617 cases made, 300 cases imported. (Bruce Sanderson)
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The 2017 Barbaresco Riserva Rabajà is a potent, searingly tannic wine that will need a few years to come together. Brooding and backward, even for young Rabajà, the 2017 is painfully young today. It will be interesting to see what time brings. Today, the 2017 is a real powerhouse. Black fruit, menthol, licorice, melted road tar, game and menthol develop in the glass, but only with great reluctance.

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Deep-set nose of bright, spicy cherry with layers of minerals, from chalk to river stones. Medium-to full-bodied with really nicely placed, still firm tannins and excellent spicy and mineral drive on the finish. There’s a cool feel to the palate. This is in the full bloom of youth and, though attractive now, will age nicely. Try from 2024. (James Suckling)

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Sordo Barolo 2017 / 750 ml.

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JS9292 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Friday, July 2, 2021
Give it a few swirls in the glass to bring out the pretty ripe red berries and tinges of rose petals and dried cherries. Medium body with clean, spicy red-fruit flavors, lightly firm tannins and a fresh finish. Almost racy. Nice to drink now, but another year will pull it all together. Drink from 2022. (James Suckling)
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The 2017 Barolo is noted by aromas of red cherry, tar, and menthol. The palate is fresh up front with red plum and moves into more savory, iron-rich mineral tones and bitter herbs, with building structure. A solid and classic entry Barolo from the Sordo estate to be enjoyed over the next 10–15 years, drink 2022–2036. (Audrey Frick)
SP9090 pts. - Wine Spectator - Nov 30, 2021
A round red, this evokes cherry, plum, leather and menthol before the burly tannins put a grip on the finish. This is a bit jumbled now between beginning and end, so give it some time. Best from 2024 through 2038. 25,000 cases made, 3,000 cases imported. (Bruce Sanderson)
RP9090 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 17th Jun 2021
The Sordo 2017 Barolo exhibits a thin color and appearance with bright ruby highlights. This wine is full of good surprises, starting off with the purity and focus of the bouquet that surprisingly beats the 2016 vintage, in my opinion. Wild berry and dried raspberry cede to spicy licorice and smoky tar. The tannins are quite tight, and there is a lasting point of astringency that may never fully fade. The bouquet is more integrated than the palate at this stage. An ample 150,000 bottles were produced. (Monica Larner)

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