Piedmont

Produttori

It finally happened—the world has awakened to one of its greatest wine treasures, the Produttori del Barbaresco. Since 1958, the Produttori has been the reference point for classic Barbaresco. And since their launching in 1967, the Produttori’s Riservas have been the defining expressions of Rabajà, Asili, Ovello and Barbarescos other noble vineyards.

Origins

The Produttori was founded in the crushing poverty of the 1950s, when the parish priest organized 19 struggling growers to make wine communally. With time, the Produttori grew to about sixty members—owning the lions share of the greatest vineyards.

Even today, many of Barbarescos best growers are members, occupying the greatest sites and pooling their fruit. In lesser years, only one wine is made, but in great vintages, up to ten magical Barbarescos can be made: the often astonishing flagship Barbaresco plus nine single-cru Riservas.

The Produttori still uses traditional methods: an 18 to 21-day primary fermentation with aging for up to three years in botti. Such techniques yield gloriously transparent wines, affording a unique opportunity to explore the regions finest terroirs.

Though one of Piedmonts greatest producers, the Produttori has long lived in the shadow of more famous names like Giacosa and Gaja. It was not until recently, thanks to the outspoken advocacy of critics like Antonio Galloni and John Gilman, and merchants like ourselves, that the Produttori is getting the attention it deserves in the U.S.

The Underlying Terroirs

The Produttoris nine crus or vineyards lie on steep slopes composed of the classic firm clay and limestone marl of the Langhe. Those from the northernmost chain of hills—Ovello, Montefico and Montestefano–have a higher clay content and are known for their rich earthy, meaty flavors, full body and firm structure.

To the south are Pajé and Moccagatta, noted for their intensity and elegance. Still further south is perhaps Barbarescos greatest slope, boasting the southfacing Asili, Rabajà and Pora. Below these three icons is the solitary southwest-facing slope of Rio Sordo, whose opulent Barbaresco exudes aromas of black cherry and truffle.

In each vintage, the juice from these crus is blended to produce a single Barbaresco which is one of the great wine values not only of Italy, but the world. But in great years, part of the production of each vineyard is set aside for an additional year of aging and for separate bottling as a single-vineyard Riserva. When these Riservas are made, they constitute the quintessential examples of Barbarescos greatest terroirs.

Wines by this Producer

Vint Item Name Size Notes Qty Price
2011 Produttori del Barbaresco Cru Collection (9 bottle case) 1 $475.00 add
1979 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco 1 $110.00 add
1986 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco 5* $95.00 add
1987 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco 3* $85.00 add
1988 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco JG92+ 1 $89.95 add
1990 Produttori del Barbaresco Cavalieri del Tartufo 6 $135.00 add
1990 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco 1.5 L 6 $235.00 add
2001 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco 1.5 L 2 $225.00 add
1990 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Asili Riserva JG94+ 4 $175.00 add
1995 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Asili Riserva 1.5 L 1 $229.95 add
1997 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Asili Riserva WS92 1 $135.00 add
1990 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Centenario Riserva 1.5 L 1 $545.00 add
1990 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Montefico Riserva JG93 2 $159.95 add
2008 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Montefico Riserva AG95 12 $54.95 add
1995 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Montestefano Riserva 6 $110.00 add
1996 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Montestefano Riserva 6 $135.00 add
1999 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Montestefano Riserva 1.5 L ST91
DT92
3 $235.00 add
2007 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Montestefano Riserva AG94 12 $57.50 add
2007 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Montestefano Riserva 1.5 L AG94 3 $129.95 add
2007 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Muncagota Riserva AG92 12 $49.95 add
2008 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Muncagota Riserva AG93 12 $49.95 add
2000 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Ovello Riserva 1 $89.95 add
2005 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Ovello Riserva 1.5 L AG92+ 1 $119.95 add
2007 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Ovello Riserva AG95 6 $59.95 add
2007 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Ovello Riserva 1.5 L AG95 6 $129.95 add
1995 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Paje Riserva 1 $115.00 add
2009 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Paje Riserva AG90 3 $49.95 add
1995 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Pora Riserva 1 $115.00 add
2004 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Pora Riserva AG91 12 $69.95 add
1967 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Rabaja Riserva 1 $275.00 add
1995 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Rabaja Riserva 1 $165.00 add
1997 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Rabaja Riserva 1.5 L ST90+
AG91
1 $275.00 add
1999 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Rabaja Riserva 1.5 L JG95 1 $275.00 add
2000 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Rabaja Riserva 3 $115.00 add
2001 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Rabaja Riserva 1.5 L AG94 1 $255.00 add
2004 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Rabaja Riserva 1.5 L AG95 1 $229.00 add
2007 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Rabaja Riserva 1.5 L AG95 2 $149.95 add
2009 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Rabaja Riserva 1.5 L AG94+ 1 $185.00 add
2007 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Rio Sordo Riserva AG93 6 $49.95 add

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