The Beauty of Barbaresco
Barbaresco is without a doubt, one of the world's greatest red wines yet it’s long been an underappreciated gem. So often in the shadow of its famous and pricey cousin, Barolo, today Barbaresco is one of the hottest Italian wines on the market. It shares a lot of common traits as Barolo – both are made from the Nebbiolo grape, are grown in Piedmont and have astonishing longevity. While Barolo can take years, even decades, before its approachable Barberesco has a softer, more agreeable character in its youth. Luigi Giordano is a fourth-generation, family owned winery whose vineyards are planted in some of Barbaresco’s most prestigious Crus. Grapes for this bottling come exclusively from a southwest facing, single vineyard called “Cavanna.” It has a brilliant garnet red color with Nebbiolo’s trademark orange highlights. Full of enticing scents, it is layered with violet leaf, dewy roses, red berry, a touch of leather and dark spice. On the palate it doles out loads of crushed raspberry, steeped plum, clove and white pepper. Velvety tannins provide polished support and smooth mouthfeel. Keep in mind, Barbaresco is full of delicate fruit but also big texture and big tannins so this is a wine built for food. Try it alongside Porcini mushroom risotto, grilled steak, anything with blue cheese, of course, truffles if you can find them!
Single vineyard wines in France, and sometimes in Italy, are called Crus. They represent a delineated vineyard (sometimes with a wall), with a unique terroir and microclimate. Year after year, they have shown to produce grapes of an elevated quality that stand apart from surrounding vineyards. In short, they have something special to offer, and are worth seeking out for their superior quality. “Cavanna” is a single vineyard in the Langhe that is tended by just a few producers.