2018 Montaribaldi Palazzina Barbaresco DOCG
The Montaribaldi Palazzina Barbaresco vineyard is located in the municipality of Neive in the heart of the Barbaresco at an altitude of 220 meters with a south-western orientation. Of course this is made from 100% Nebbiolo. The Nebbiolo is a late-ripening grape variety and for the Montaribaldi Palazzina Barbaresco, the grapes are only picked in the 2nd or 3rd week of October. After the first selection in the vineyard a 2nd selection takes place on the selection tables and only the right grapes are destemmed and lightly bruised. They are then put in stainless steel thermo-conditioned tanks where the alcoholic fermentation takes place. The alcoholic fermentation lasts about one week at a temperature of 28-32 ° C. At Montaribaldi, one is not in a hurry and the wine is then left in complete contact with its lees at a temperature of 20-22 ° C.
Now the wine is ready to begin aging in oak barrels. Both used barriques (225 L) and oak barrels (2,500-3,000 l) are used. The aging lasts 20 months. Finally, almost 2 years after the harvest, the Barbaresco DOCG Palazzina is bottled and after staying at least 6 months in the cellars of Montaribaldi. In the glass, this Nebbiolo Barbaresco garnet is red. On the nose, wine is rich with hints of violets and aromas of cocoa, vanilla and tobacco from the maturation of the oak. After some waltzing, spicy notes such as nutmeg meld with floral hints such as lavender. On the palate, the wine is full bodied, fine and delicate but with lighter tannins than the other Montaribaldi Barbarescos. The Barbaresco DOCG Palazzina is already beautiful and pleasant to drink, but at the same time perfect for a long aging in bottle. Very refined. The wine is perfect to be paired with salami, meat and cheese.
BAROLO VS BARBARESCO
Piemont - synonymous with truffles, risotto and, of course, delicious wines! - is considered one of the best wine regions of Italy. The local conditions of terrain, soil and weather make some fantastic wines. As far as the red wines are concerned, the Barolo's and Barbaresco's are world-famous, powerful aging wines. Although the Barolo and Barbaresco are made from the same grape, Nebbiolo, and produced in adjacent areas less than 16km apart, the Barbaresco and Barolo wines have some distinctive differences.
The Barbaresco area is located south of the River Tanaro and the area, due to its location, has a slightly higher average temperature which allows the Nebbiolo grape to ripen just a little earlier here than in the Barolo area. Young tannins in a young Barbaresco are often not as hard as Barolo and under DOCG rules it is allowed to release Barbaresco for sale a year earlier than Barolo. The most pronounced difference between the two wines is that Barbaresco's tannins tend to soften more quickly with the wine being more accessible than Barolo at a younger age. The Barbaresco area is smaller than the Barolo area with an annual production of about 35% of the Barolo production with the result that Barbaresco is not widely available on the market.
The 'azienda agricola Montaribaldi' is historically a family business, located in the middle of the Langhe hills in the small village of Barbaresco. The Montaribaldi winery has been owned by the Taliano family from the beginning and has 19 hectares in the Barberesco area. In 1994 Luciano and Roberto took over the company from their father and immediately decided to only produce high quality wines. It is still a real family business, father Guiseppe and mother Carla as well as the wives of the owners, Antonella and Franca all cooperate. At present they produce about 75000 bottles a year. Thanks to the perfect location of the vineyards of Montaribaldi and the typical white soil of the hills in Langhe, the elegant wines that come from them have a long life. Note that the land around the Montaribaldi vineyards is from Gaja. The family makes some of the most famous wines from the Piedmont region: Barbaresco DOCG, Barolo DOCG, Barbera d'Alba DOC, Barbera d'Asti DOCG, Roero Arneis. They offer a complete range of wines, from grapes typical of this region. Typical of this winery is that the wines have their origin in Piedmont, are always recognizable as a 'Montaribaldi' wine and are sustainably grown and produced. As they call it themselves: making 'vineyard wines' distinguishes them from others.
|Type of Wine||Red|
|Drinking as of||2022|
|Tasting Profiles||Earthy, Rustic, Complex, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Mineral, Red fruit, Tannines, Full|
|Drink moments||Lekker luxe, Met vrienden|