Roberto Sarotto BARBARESCO 2016 Riserva $60

Barbaresco scaled 1
Barbaresco scaled 1

2016 was a good year for Piedmontese Nebbiolo, the grape used in this wine.

In the glass, the wine is a dark plum fading to a pale rim.

On the nose there is a lot going on. The fruit smells rich and ripe with violets and red fruits even mushrooms make a brief appearance, wrapped up in black liquorice.

In the mouth the wine is softer than I was expecting very little tannin at all, more like spiced cherries sliding through the plate, yet the wine is holding together in perfect balance with the thin line of acid. Once-again all wrapped up in black liquorice on the finish. I would not have picked this wine as a Barbaresco in a blind tasting. As it didn’t have the tannin structure I was expecting. However it was one hell of a liquorice rich Nebbiolo.

What I did receive was a very interesting wine indeed. I would have no trouble recommending this wine at all.

michael lillisMichael Lillis


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