This is a gorgeous wine. Lifted and floral, delicate violet and rose aromatics soar from the glass, complementing the vibrant blueberry and red cherry fruit. Intense yet perfumed, this combines delicacy and power with its bright fruit and floral tones. There’s a crushed-rock mineral backbone and silken texture to the wine, the tannins incredibly fine and seamless. The 2020s are generally open and approachable – and that is clear here, but don’t let that fool you into thinking it isn’t a serious offering, as it will only offer more over the next two decades.
Antonio Galloni, Vinous
Monica Larner, Wine Advocate
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The 2020 Barbaresco is a lovely, harmonious wine that will drink well with minimal cellaring. Forward fruit and soft curves are perhaps a bit uncharacteristic for young Barbaresco but that also make the wine very enjoyable. Juicy red cherry/plum fruit, rose petal, spice, cedar, mint and tobacco all meld together in the glass. Classicists will probably prefer other vintages, but it's hard not to like the 2020 for its charming, effusive personality. At the same time, aeration brings out greater aromatic presence and a good deal of structure, too.
The 2020 Barbaresco boasts an ample set of aromas with wild cherry, blue flower, sweet spice and crushed limestone. As always, the wine paints an exciting and authentic portrait of Nebbiolo, albeit with a little more richness and texture in this vintage. This is especially true in terms of the palate, where the wine offers mid-weight intensity with melting tannins. This ambitious release of 300,000 bottles is slated to hit the market in fall 2023.
Barbaresco. Youthful mid ruby. A proper, concentrated fruit nose, which this vintage is woefully short of. Subtle marasca cherry palate with lots of finely ground tannins; head and shoulders above the rest.