Stan’s Wine of the Week: Produttori del Barbaresco Nebbiolo
Produttori del Barbaresco Langhe Nebbiolo 2009
Barbaresco and Barolo are the two most famous and massively intense red wines of the Piedmont Region of Italy. Both are highly regarded, expensive, and are produced from the Nebbiolo grape, with requirements as to where they are sourced and requiring specific aging in both the barrel and in the bottle. For a fraction of the cost of a good Barolo or Barbaresco, you can enjoy the intensity of the Nebbiolo grape without the same aging requirements from the surrounding area, the Langhe. One of the best values is from Produttori del Barbaresco, a cooperative of 56 growers in and around the town of Barbaresco. Embracing modern techniques and plantings, their Langhe Nebbiolo captures the power and dark flavors of the Nebbiolo grape with a riper more approachable style than many of the old school Barbarescos and Barolos. It pairs particularly well with hearty, rustic meats and ragùs, my favorite at Siena being our Pappardelle al Cinghiale (slow cooked braised wild boar over wide homemade pappardelle pasta).
Produttori del Barbaresco Nebbiolo is featured at Siena for $12.50 per glass or $49 a bottle.