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2005 BARBARESCO
Barbaresco is made entirely of Nebbiolo and it's grown in the towns of Barbaresco, Neive, Treiso and part of San Rocco Seno d'Elvio.  Following January 1st of the year after the grape harvest, Barbaresco must be matured for two years, one of which must be in wood.  Some people consider it a "poor" little brother or sister to Barolo, which is curious since many top Barbaresco wines are the equal of Barolo.
It magically becomes a "Riserva" wine when it's 4 years old following that January 1st-after-the-vintage date.

To see a map of Barbaresco in Piemonte,
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Famous wineries such as Gaja and Bruno Giacosa do not participate, but we still managed to find many very good wines.

The 2005 vintage appeared to be good, though the wines are too young at this stage to be able to claim they're exceptional.
The growing season saw hot weather in June and then cooler-than-normal in early July.  August was relatively cool and dry, while the start of September saw a little bit of rain.  September continued to be quite warm, even at night.  A number of growers picked towards the end of September, a wise move since early October saw a week of rain.

These wines are rated on a three star scale and I've not included wines which were standard quality or "no stars" in my notes here...

 

2005 BARBARESCO
PIAZZO 
2005 Barbaresco
"Sori Fratin"
Medium garnet color, this showed a typical Nebbiolo nose with earthy notes and a touch of cherry-like fruit.  Moderately tannic, this has a lightly spicy, peppery finish.
CASCINA MORASSINO
2005 Barbaresco
"Ovello"
Showing a garnet to nearly ruby color, I liked the spice notes here...it's almost reminiscent a bit of thyme.  Very fine on the nose, with medium tannins.  Good structure for cellaring, it's a very elegant Barbaresco.  I have been impressed with this fellow's wines in the past, as well.
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CASCINA MORASSINO
2005 Barbaresco
Less showy than the previous wine, this is as good as far as it goes.  Nice, simple, mildly cherryish Barbaresco.  The tannins are light, so it's drinkable now-2014, or so.
MOCCAGATTA
2005 Barbaresco
"Bric Balin"
Medium garnet in color, this wine shows a woodsy and resiny element on the nose.  The flavors are more typical, though there's an interesting 'peach' note to go along with its usual wood flavors.
 
CASTELLO DI VERDUNO
2005 Barbaresco
"Rabaja"
Medium garnet in color, there's a strawberry note to the nose and palate.  It's lightly tannic and is perhaps a bit 'delicate.'  I'm not sure it has much cellaring potential, so drink it now-2010, or so.
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ALBINO ROCCA
2005 Barbaresco
"Vigneto Brich Ronchi"
Good classic nose to this well-structured, astringent, young wine.  This is a rather muscular wine and has good depth and cellaring potential.   Very fine.
ALBINO ROCCA
2005 Barbaresco
"Vigneto Loreto"
This wine was a bit difficult to judge...the nose was very quiet and shy, but it goes in the right direction on the palate.  I found it to be a bit softer than the Brich Ronchi (above).
CASCINA LUISIN
2005 Barbaresco
"Rabaja"
Medium garnet in color, the nose of this wine was quite good and profound.  Nice berry and cherry fruit here and sufficient structure to cellar well for 5-10 years.
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CA' DEL BAIO
2005 Barbaresco
"Asili"
Medium garnet in color, I found some nice floral tones on the nose of this wine.  Hints of rose petals...medium bodied and moderately tannic, there's a nice balance of fruit and tannin.  Drinkable now-2015+
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MONTARIBALDI
2005 Barbaresco
"Sori Montaribaldi"
It's been a while since I found Montaribaldi's wines to be really good...so I was delighted with this strong showing.  Woodsy and earthy notes on the nose with a leathery undertone...Moderately tannic.  Very fine.  Now-2018+.
MONTARIBALDI
2005 Barbaresco
"Palazzina"
A bight more compact than the Sori Montaribaldi, above.  There's a hint of a resiny tone here and lightly floral elements.  Good.  Drink now-2015.
CANTINA DEL PINO
2005 Barbaresco
Lots of lovely cherry and berry notes on the nose.  The nose is classic and traditional with good, juicy fruit on the palate.  Mildly tannic.  Very pretty.
CARLO BOFFA
2005 Barbaresco
"Vitalotti"
Here's an earthy, fairly typical example of Nebbiolo.  It's a medium-bodied Barbaresco with about 5 to 8 years of cellaring potential.
PODERI COLLA
2005 Barbaresco
"Roncaglie"
Another "good" example of Barbaresco...lightly earthy with mild tannins...Medium-bodied.  Nice wine and typical, though a bit quiet at this stage.
CA' ROM╔
2005 Barbaresco
"Maria di Brun"
Medium garnet color, this shows a nicely woodsy nose and it's moderately tannic.  A good example of Barbaresco made in a somewhat modern style.  It's a shade light, but good.
MARCHESI DI GRESY
2005 Barbaresco
"Martinenga"
Medium-light garnet color, this has a lovely fragrance of Nebbiolo, showing hints of woodsy notes and a lightly berryish fruit.  Medium-bodied, dry, good strawberry fruit tones on the palate.  Mild tannins, I suspect this is going to be fine from now through 2015, or so.
BRUNO ROCCA
2005 Barbaresco
"Rabaja"
Okay...what's the story here?  I found this to be a really good example of something like a Napa Cabernet that's been tossed in to a tasting of Nebbiolo wines.  This could not be more different from the rest of the wines!  From the color to the aromas to the flavors...Is this really 100% Nebbiolo?
Or what?

LA CA' NOVA
2005 Barbaresco
"Montestefano"

Medium garnet in color, this shows a nicely typical cherry fruit element with an earthy tone lurking in the back.  Medium-light tannins suggest 5-8+ years of cellaring.  Nice red fruit finish.
CASCINA DELLE ROSE
2005 Barbaresco
"Rio Sordo"
Good nose here to this medium+ garnet colored wine.  The flavors are already a bit developed and it's nice now...probably rather limited aging potential, but for immediate drinking, it's good.
PRODUTTORI DEL BARBARESCO
2005 Barbaresco
Really pretty aromas, showing a berryish element.  Nice on the palate in terms of balance and refinement.  Moderately tannic...I suspect this will be nice for 5-10 years, but short term cellaring will bring enjoyment, too.
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ELIO FILIPPINO
2005 Barbaresco
"Sori Capelli"
Garnet color with a nice nose of red fruits and mild tannins, this is a pretty wine at this stage and it may develop a bit over the next 5+ years.
ELIO FILIPPINO
2005 Barbaresco
"San Cristaforo"
Fairly similar to the wine above, this is a nice example of classically-styled Barbaresco.  Medium-bodied...nice tannins.  Good now-2014+.
MOCCAGATTA
2005 Barbaresco
"Basarin"
Medium garnet in color, this shows a mildly resiny character on the nose.  Woodsy, as is typical of Moccagatta wines.  Almost a soapy, lavender sort of fragrance.  It's certainly different from a classic Nebbiolo, but it's still an interesting wine.
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ANGELO NEGRO
2005 Barbaresco
"Basarin"
Medium garnet color, there's really nice fruit to the nose of this wine.  Classic style.  Moderately tannic and seems like this will blossom handsomely with 5-10 years of cellaring.
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ODDERO
2005 Barbaresco
"Gallina"
The fragrance of this wine was terrific.  It's already complex and shows great promise.  The wine is equally nice on the palate...very fine.  Well-balanced in terms of fruit and tannin.  Bright.  Probably 5-12 years of cellaring potential.
TENUTA SAN MAURO
2005 Barbaresco
Lots of red fruit notes here on the nose of this classically-styled wine.  Mild tannins...medium-light bodied.  There's an element of ripeness here.  Nice now-2012+.
SAROTTO
2005 Barbaresco
"Gaia Principe"

I don't have many notes for this wine--"good, woodsy, nice, deep."  It was a wine which seemed a classic style and a bit of a throw-back.  

SOTTIMANO
2005 Barbaresco
"Cott"
There's a nice red fruit quality to this wine, with hints of cherries and a touch of leather.  Mildly tannic, this has nice length on the palate.
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Sottimano's Curr bottling was pleasant, but less expressive on this day, making it difficult to assess.
PIETRO RINALDI
2005 Barbaresco
"Vigna San Cristoforo"
Medium garnet in color, this showed a nicely berryish fragrance backed by a whiff of wood.  It's reasonably tannic and drying on the palate.  Nice, though.  Probably best to drink from 2012-2020.
 



Producers are invited to taste in the early afternoon....a good opportunity for them to see what their neighbors are doing.


The famous Giorgio Pelissero who makes wonderful Barbaresco wines.


Later in the day we attended a tasting at the Villa Cornarea, a rather good producer of Arneis wine in the Roero region.

Donna tasting Val del Prete Wines.


We Love Roero Vini
Well, the wines were pretty good.  I especially liked the Cornarea Arneis and the Val del Prete wines, but found good wine from Ponchione, Negro, Deltetto, Almondo and Cascina Chicco.

Dinner that evening was at the Ristorante Conti Roero, a remarkably good dining establishment.  I have notes and photos of this posted on our Touring Piemonte Page...

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