‘The only new wines ready for review during my visit to Produttori del Barbaresco this spring were the 2014 Barbaresco and the 2015 Langhe Nebbiolo. The 2014 Barbaresco will hit the market in September and is being released a bit earlier, because the 2013 Barbaresco is already sold out. Like the other important voices from the area, general manager Aldo Vacca sings high praises for the 2014 vintage. […] The 2014 vintage did see passing summer storms in Barbaresco, but they were dispersed and not as severe as elsewhere — Aldo Vacca tells me: “The grapes had ample time to recuperate because this was a very late harvest.” Fruit came off the vines at the end of October and therefore enjoyed a full two months (September and October) to come to maturity.’
Monica Larner on Produttori del Barbaresco’s 2014 vintage, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, June 2017
The Produttori co-operative manage some 250 acres of premium Nebbiolo vineyards in Barbaresco. Each family is in full control of its land, growing Nebbiolo grapes with centuries-old skill and dedication. The winery produces a Barbaresco DOCG each year, a blend of Nebbiolo grapes harvested from different vineyards. For the most part, vines grow in calcium-rich clay-lime soil run through with veins of quick-draining sand. In most years, this wine accounts for half of the Produttori’s production. Grapes from 50 growers were fermented by native yeast in stainless steel, spending a full month on the skins. Following malolactic fermentation, the wine aged for 24 months before bottling in the spring of 2017.
The region’s changeable climate and the mercurial quality of Nebbiolo mean that Barbaresco is rarely the same two years in a row. Each vintage has a unique personality. 2014 was a difficult vintage for vineyards all over Europe – the kind of year to look to experts who can make the most of challenging conditions. After a mild winter, temperatures rose and fell through spring and summer, peppered by heavy, intermittent, extremely localized rainfall. In this environment, experienced vineyard management is key to avoiding the spread of vine disease and limit the risk of botrytis. The end of the growing season, however, proved favourable. Late summer and early autumn in Barbaresco were considerably drier than the rest of Piemonte, and the quality of the grapes was excellent, producing balanced wines similar to the 2013 vintage: medium body, rich colour and aromas, mineral finish, and long-lasting potential. Bright and spicy with well-structured tannins and a long finish, this is a Barbaresco that will cellar comfortable for 20 years.
“To be released in September, the 2014 Barbaresco is a beautiful wine that encompasses the important qualities that we look for in fine Nebbiolo. Ultimately, this is the kind of vintage that transfers best to the delicate grape. It saw a long growing season (Nebbiolo loves a late harvest) and steep diurnal temperature shifts to lock in the freshness of aromas. The mouthfeel is a bit thinner in texture, but it delivers plenty of beautiful length and endurance instead. It offers crisp tones of cherry fruit with licorice, wet earth and blue flowers. The line of Barbaresco Riserva wines from the various single vineyards will be made in 2014 (and will be released in early 2018).”
94 points, Monica Larner, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, June 2017
“The 2014 Barbaresco is fabulous. Lifted in the glass, with striking perfume and captivating translucency, the Produttori’s Barbaresco captures all the elements that make this vintage so compelling. Today, the 2014 is very, very young. What stands out most is its textural finesse and balance. It will be a number of years before the aromas and flavors are fully expressive. The only thing that might come as a surprise is the touch of new cask in this wine. Otherwise, the 2014 is one of the finest editions of the straight Barbaresco I can remember tasting, not to mention a superb example of how magnificent this vintage is in Barbaresco. Don’t miss it.”
93 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, Oct 2017
“When conditions are not ideal, the best producers know what to do. They have the equipment, philosophy and labor force to get it done. But it means a lot of hard work in the vineyard, examining vines and grapes, bunch by bunch, first trying to provide them with the best chance to prosper, and then looking for evidence of damage and eliminating problems. […] Our No. 2 bottle came from Produttori del Barbaresco, one of the great wine cooperatives of the world and always a reliable producer. We found the ’14 to be impeccably balanced with flavors of red fruit, herbs and menthol.”
Eric Asimov, The New York Times, Feb 2018