LCBO Vintages Release
The Nebbiolo grapes for this wine are sourced exclusively from the Cesare family’s own vineyards: the famous “Il Bricco” Estate and the great hill of San Stefanetto, both located in the village of Treiso. One third of the wine was aged in French oak botti and barriques (one third new) for 30 months. The remainder spent three years in large French oak casks.
A very classic Barbaresco, this is an elegant wine with ripe, spicy fruit and great depth and complexity. The gentle tannins show finesse, but make no mistake: this is a Barbaresco with structure and opulence. It shows very long ageing potential.
“I love the blueberry, rose and strawberry aromas. Floral. Medium to full body, very fine tannins and a beautifully fruity finish. Such balance. Spent slightly less time in wooden cask and barrel than usual. Drink or hold.”
93 points, JamesSuckling.com, Oct 2017
“A late harvest year after a hot and warm summer which followed an unusually cool, wet spring. The length of the growing season enabled the grapes to reach full phenolic ripeness which shows in the structure and ageing potential of the wine. The result is a modern and classical wine with a gorgeous, luscious freshness, an impressive sour cherry sweetness with a savoury twist, and a pleasing bitter note on the finish. The texture is deceptively silky, supple and approachable. And whilst this feels quite forward, there’s little doubt it will also age well and improve for the next five years and more.”
92 points, Decanter, March 2017
“The 2013 Barbaresco is a gorgeous wine. Bright and translucent, with tons of Nebbiolo character, the 2013 exudes class. Sweet red cherry, tobacco, mint, anise and white pepper give the wine its bright, chiseled personality. Readers should expect a mid-weight, gracious Barbaresco built on perfume, acidity and structure. I would prefer to drink it over the next decade.”
92 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, Oct 2017
“The 2013 Barbaresco sees fruit sourced from four separate vineyard sites across the appellation. The wine is aged in a combination of small and large oak barrel and is released one year later than its peers. Those extra 12 months of bottle aging have done a lot to improve the wine’s integration and elegance. It also gives the wine more immediate appeal. In fact, this Barbaresco is ready to drink pretty much out of the gate. The mouthfeel is silky and soft and the bouquet offers a continuous stream of small fruit, cherry and licorice aromas.”
91 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, June 2017