If the title of king of Italian wine is contested between Barolo and Brunello di Montalcino depending on where you ask, we can say without doubt that Barbaresco is one of the princes.
Barbaresco is a red wine made with 100% Nebbiolo grapes grown in vineyards located in and around the town of Barbaresco from which it takes its name, together with the villages of Treiso and Neive, in the Langhe region, in Piedmont.
The Barbaresco wine was granted Denominazione di origine controllata and Garantita (DOCG) in 1980 and the “disciplinare”, government wine making guidelines, states that Barbaresco wines must be aged for a minimum of 2 years, with at least 9 months in oak, prior to release and aged for at least 4 years to be labelled as riserva. The ageing and obviously the grapes provenance are the main differences with Barolo.
Barbaresco wines require a shorter ageing and therefore the wine will be ready earlier compared to a Barolo, but it doesn’t mean that Barbaresco are not ageing worth wine. Barbaresco wines have proved in more than one occasion to stand ageing magnificently.
The typical Barbaresco wine has a bouquets of roses or violets with notes of cherry and when young, it is very tannic, although not harsh as the Barolo, tannins that soften with ageing.