1990 Barbaresco Pora Riserva Produttori del Barbaresco

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Average critic rating : 92.0 points



Produttori's 1990s perform along similar lines to the 1989s, although they are higher in alcohol with a more noticeable element of over-ripeness in their thick, jammy, sweet, corpulent style. The 1990s are full-bodied and concentrated, with excellent structure to go along with the massive size. The 1990 Barbaresco Pora (I did not taste the 1989) is sensational.||The Produttori del Barbaresco is unquestionably a terrific source for Barbarescos that rival the best made in Piedmont. |Although there is a tendency to scoff at wines made by cooperatives, the quality of the wines from this superbly run operation is as high as that from any highly committed, passionate estate-bottler. I have been an enthusiastic admirer, buyer, and drinker of this coop's wines since the 1978 vintage. Given the superb quality of the 1989s and 1990s, these wines represent the finest values from these two great Piedmontese vintages. The cooperative is quick to declassify any Barbaresco to a generic Nebbiolo if it is not of an acceptably high quality level. They harvest and vinify separately as many as ten vineyards, of which I tasted seven in 1989 and four single vineyard cuvees in 1990. Most Italian wine experts consider the Rabaja and Asili to be their two best bottlings. As my notes and scores attest, that is akin to splitting hairs at this high level of quality. The Produttori del Barbaresco gets my vote as the best run and most committed cooperative regarding quality, and, most importantly for prospective purchasers, a source for exceptional Barbaresco wine values! Wine Advocate.April, 1994

Produttori del Barbaresco is a winery collaboration between several Nebbiolo growers who control 100 hectares of land in the Barbaresco zone of Piemonte. The winery produces a Barbaresco DOCG, blended from Nebbiolo grapes harvested from different vineyards, as well as a Nebbiolo Langhe that is meant for earlier consumption. In great vintages, 9 single vineyard Barbaresco wines are produced from sites within the village boundaries. The winery produces Nebbiolo grapes exclusively and production averages at 45,000 cases per year. The history of Produttori del Barbaresco is fascinating. Before 1894, Nebbiolo grapes were sold to make Barolo or wines were labelled Nebbiolo di Barbaresco. In 1894, Domizio Cavazza, headmaster of the Royal Enological School of Alba, created the first cooperative called the Cantine Sociali, comprised of 9 Barbaresco vineyard owners. He was insistent on 2 things: the wines they made should be 100% Nebbiolo (at the time Barbera was a common component) and should labelled Barbaresco. Over time Cantine Sociali dramatically increased the reputation of Barbaresco and improved the lives of the farmers who would not have been able to survive without the collective. Unfortunately, following the death of Domiio Cavazza and the economic hardship under Mussolini’s government, the Cantine Sociali closed its doors in the 1930’s. Fast forward to 1958, when favour fell back to the Nebbiolo growers of Barbaresco when a local priest named Don Fiorino created Produttori del Barbaresco. Don Fiorino recognised the need for local growers to band together as families began to leave the village to look for work elsewhere. His initiative to refocus the community on quality Barbaresco is nothing short of revolutionary. This time, the group was made up of 19 growers who banded together, to once again overemphasize the quality and potential of the Nebbiolo grape variety. The first three vintages were made in a local church basement in Barbaresco while the collective raised funds for a proper winery. In 1961, the first official home of Produttori del Barbaresco was opened across from the church. Today, the original group of 19 has grown to 51, who collectively make some of the best Barbaresco in Piemonte. The winery has maintained its original mandate to favour quality over quantity and traditional methods to create pure and long-lived expressions of the Nebbiolo grape variety.

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