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August 1, 2022

2017 Produttori del Barbaresco Riserva’s Arriving Wednesday

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 12:51 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

The Produttori del Barbaresco Cooperative is one of the most successful and consistent cooperatives in the world of winemaking. The winery is one of the stars of the Barbaresco region in the Piedmont region in Northern Italy. Established in 1958, there are now 56 growers who contribute their Nebbiolo grapes to the cooperative. The region covers over 100 hectares of premium nebbiolo grapes. In 1967, they were amongst the first wineries to produce single vineyard Barbaresco’s – there is nine different Cru Riservas produced only in exceptional vintages like 2015, 2016 and now 2017, a trio of great years for this Barbaresco producer.

The 2017 Riserva’s will be arriving at deVines this coming Wednesday. They remain one of the few high scoring, spectacular Barbaresco’s that sell for a reasonable price for their quality. You will no doubt want to stock up and/or add to your existing verticals. Verticals going back 40 years have shown how great these wines can be. Superbly located – Gaja (6 min away) and Giacosa (13 min away) are neighbours whose wines sell for 4 to 7 times this price.

A must in every connoisseur’s cellar, a bargain in the expensive world of Nebbiolo . Barolo’s with this kind of scores sell for double this price. Quantities are very limited and sold on a first come first served basis. In some cases, we only have one six pack for sale and no more to be had from the agent – once they’re gone, they are gone..

Note also, there will be no Riserva’s produced for the 2018 vintage, so get your 2017’s while supply lasts.

Pictured, left to right:

2017 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Asili (Piedmont, Italy) – $107.99

2017 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Ovello (Piedmont, Italy) – $107.99

2017 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Montestefano (Piedmont, Italy) – $107.99

2017 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Rabaja (Piedmont, Italy)- $107.99

Other available Riserva’s:

2017 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Paje (Piedmont, Italy) – $107.99

2017 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Montefico (Piedmont, Italy) – $107.99

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Weekly Online Offer for Aug 1/22

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 11:30 am

Author: Dirk Chan

Our online feature this week is the Toscolo Chianti (Tuscany, Italy) – $15.99 (regularly $19.99).

Toscolo, an Italian renaissance word meaning Tuscan boy, is owners Neil & Maria Empson’s labor of love from a longtime passion for the Chianti winemaking region. The Empsons chose their friend and star oenologist Franco Bernabei to make the wine and nothing was left to chance in order to make the Empsons’ proprietary brand that had to represent its Tuscan roots and credentials. Maria Gemma Empson personally designed the ultraclassic packaging and the wines’ characteristic “ancient seal,” bearing the features of the eponymous “Tuscan boy.”

Made from the Sangiovese grapes that have north and western exposure at an altitude of between 656-1,148 feet above sea level on clayey-calcareous soil. The average vine age ranges from 10-30 years while vinification is temperature-controlled fermentation and maceration for 12-15 days, with daily pumpovers. The aging process is in oak barrels for six months.

Made for early consumption, this Toscolo Chianti is a brilliant ruby in color, with its forward character showing off cherry fruit, a supple, fruity and flavorful palate, with appealing balance. Food friendly and versatile with charcuterie, pizza or pasta.

Toscolo Chianti (Tuscany – Chianti, Italy) – $15.99 (regularly $19.99)

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