Presents a bright pure expression of cherry strawberry rose and grassy aromas and flavors underscored by a vein of minerality with tannins that flex their muscles on the long finish. Intense but balanced with tension that bodes well for future evolution. Best from 2026 through 2043. ?B.S.
Mountain hay cedar new leather and pipe tobacco aromas take center stage. Full-bodied and concentrated the savory palate offers fleshy black cherry licorice and botanical herb set against a backbone of close-grained tannins. A minty note lingers on the close. Drink through 2029. KERIN O?KEEFE
The 2017 Barbaresco Riserva Muncagota plays some of its best cards in terms of texture offering silky tannins firmness and a long-lasting veil of fruit flavors. Cassis wild cherry camphor ash spice and iron ore are aromatic protagonists. This wine is lean and compact but very linear and focused. Like the other Riservas in this group of new releases the wine is fermented in steel and aged in large oak casks for 32 months. 10000 bottles were produced. Produttori del Barbaresco has been hitting it out of the ballpark these past years with a string of excellent vintages that resulted in the production of their entire line of Riservas. However that good momentum comes to an end because the Riservas were not made in 2018. That vintage saw all the fruit blended into one non-MGA Barbaresco. And with the 2017 Riservas reviewed here you might find these bottles hard to find. Production was 30% lower in this growing season because of a very careful fruit selection process. In fact Aldo Vacca calls 2017 a "roller coaster vintage with frost then hail then a summer drought."
The 2017 Barbaresco Riserva Muncagota is one of the lighter wines in this range. Floral and medium in body the 2017 gives the impression of a wine that will open earlier than some of the others. It too has pretty imposing tannins though so a few years in bottle are advisable. Crushed flowers sweet red cherry mint and white pepper linger. - By Antonio Galloni on September 2021 Aldo Vacca and his team at the Produttori del Barbaresco cooperative continue to turn out gorgeous wines that deliver a remarkable combination of quality and value. This year's releases include the 2017 Riservas and the 2018 Barbaresco. "Frost and drought were challenges in 2017 but not excessively so" Vacca told me. "It was an early harvest but conditions at the end of the season were quite favorable. We were more worried about drought than heat. In the end we found the requisites to make our Riservas but production for all the wines is lower than normal. Two thousand eighteen is another story. Disease pressure was high throughout the year. There were some diurnal shifts at the end of the season then a week where temperatures warmed before cooling again. The wines lacked color and depth relative to stronger vintages." In tasting the 2017 Riservas are certainly very good wines. As often happens in warm years the differences between vineyard sites are less marked than they are in cooler vintages like 2014 and 2016. The tannins are also less polished. Time will help to some degree but the wines will always show the personality of the vintage. Time on the skins was four weeks (as opposed to five for the 2016s) with submerged cap maceration at the end. Aging was done entirely in cask.v