Is there as reliable a wine as Produttori del Barbaresco’s Barbaresco “La Torre”? Is there a wine as iconic and appellation-defining as “La Torre”? I think the answer is demonstrably - “no.” Yes, there may be challengers, wines which reliably overdeliver on value, as well as reflect their origins accurately. But, really, there aren’t many challengers to the supremacy of this wine in Barbaresco as perhaps the Barbaresco, the Ur-Barbaresco, as it were.

After all, if you were to pick a single wine to define the appellation, I can’t imagine a better wine that Produttori’s “La Torre.” Moreover, it may just be the ultimate introduction to Nebbiolo. Savory, tart cherries, bay leaf, and floral notes on the nose, while the palate is exquisitely long, with coiled tannins and that hallmark subtly bitter finish that calls out for another plate of food. In short, it is the quintessence of the category.

2015 is an epic vintage in Piedmont, with rapturously rich wines that will age, but also offer a lot of pleasure in their youth. The fruit is intense, but there is structure to support it, and plenty of typicity. The critics have been glowing so far in their praise. And, really, who couldn’t use a box of approachable, world-class Nebbiolo to warm them up on the cool fall nights to come.

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2015 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco “La Torre”

Wine Advocate: “I tasted this wine after bottling but before its commercial release. The 2015 Barbaresco will hit the market on September 1st. It was scheduled to be released in October, but because Produttori del Barbaresco is already out of stock of the 2014 Barbaresco, they decided to move this release up and shorten waiting times. I mention that because you definitely don't want to pop the cork too early. The 2015 vintage opens to a visibly darker color and thicker concentration compared to recent past vintages. Next to the upcoming 2016 and 2017 editions, we can expect 2015 to be the most fruit-forward of the three. You get dark tones of plum and blackberry with dry tannins at the rear.” 93 pts.