2009s from Produttori del Barbaresco

Hello friends. Last year’s offer for the 2008 Riservas from Produttori del Barbaresco was a hit, and we’re back today with the 2009s.

This time, however, I also want to offer the gateway drug to the lineup, so let’s dig into that first:

2009 Produttori del Barbaresco DOCG

For those of you curious about the Produttori house style, their Barbaresco DOCG bottling (sometimes called Torre) is a great introduction. A blend of the cooperative’s vineyards all over Barbaresco, this is vinified in an accessible style, and in an early-drinking year like 2009, it’s going to be ready to go right about now. The original idea was to offer the Riservas today, and this in a few months. That idea was blown up by Wine Spectator, who will be publishing this review in their April 30 issue:

Wine Spectator (Bruce Sanderson): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 93pts.”

With the combination of score, release price ($37), and production level (a staggering 23,333 cases), I’d bet dollars to donuts that this will land on Spectator’s Top 100 list for 2014 when it’s released in December. I know it muddies the water a little to include this one with the Riservas, but waiting any longer just didn’t seem to be an option. For this one, please limit order requests to 12 bottles, and we’ll do our best.

Now, onto the Riservas. While they lack the stratospheric scores of the 08s, they do have the appealing counterweight of being an early-drinking vintage. And demand is still quite high for these, both because the allocation for Seattle is smaller than the 08s, and because Produttori has announced that it did not bottle separate Riservas for the 2010 vintage (which means it will be 2016 before we see the next set of releases).

First, some notes on logistics:
1. We should be able to send allocation notices towards the end of April.
2. As usual, we will not charge for the wine until it has arrived in the warehouse.
3. One advantage to pre-ordering is that we can lock in better tariffs than landed pricing.

Again this year, I feel fortunate that we have a chance to access these beautiful wines. Allocations will be small (and might be zero in some cases; we have no guarantees here), but we’re building a track record, and they should continue to get better with each vintage.

2009 Produttori del Barbaresco Riserva Rabaja

Vinous (Antonio Galloni): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 94+pts.”

Please limit order requests to 1 bottle.

2009 Produttori del Barbaresco Riserva Montestefano

Vinous (Antonio Galloni): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 94pts.”

Please limit order requests to 2 bottles.

2009 Produttori del Barbaresco Riserva Montefico

Vinous (Antonio Galloni): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 94pts.”

Please limit order requests to 2 bottles.

2009 Produttori del Barbaresco Riserva Ovello

Vinous (Antonio Galloni): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 93pts.”

Please limit order requests to 3 bottles.

2009 Produttori del Barbaresco Riserva Muncagota

Vinous (Antonio Galloni): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 93pts.”

Please limit order requests to 3 bottles.

2009 Produttori del Barbaresco Riserva Asili

Vinous (Antonio Galloni): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 92pts.”

Please limit order requests to 1 bottle.

2009 Produttori del Barbaresco Riserva Pora

Vinous (Antonio Galloni): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 92pts.”

Please limit order requests to 3 bottles.

2009 Produttori del Barbaresco Riserva Rio Sordo

Vinous (Antonio Galloni): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 91+pts.”

Please limit order requests to 3 bottles.

2009 Produttori del Barbaresco Riserva Paje

Vinous (Antonio Galloni): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 90pts.”

Please limit order requests to 3 bottles.

All these wines should arrive in late April, at which point they will be available for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.

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