Hello friends. Autumn is peak Barbaresco season as far as I’m concerned. Bubbling pot of polenta on one stove. Chanterelles and lobsters and other assorted mushrooms cooking down on another. Glass of Nebbiolo at the ready.
Today we have a pair of Piemontese beauties: one a deep discount on a well-reviewed beauty from a classic vintage; the other a value reoffer play.
Wine Advocate (Monica Larner): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 94pts.”
So much to like here. The $17 drop off release price. Larner’s drinking window, which puts us in early peak territory. And access to a classic vintage rarely seen on the market these days, and from an old-school producer no less.
The only thing not to like is our parcel size, which isn’t huge. I purchased every bottle available in Seattle when I learned about the price drop, but that’s still a marginal amount. So I won’t wax on at too much length here. I’ll just say that this drinks as close to traditional Barbaresco as anything I’ve had in a while. The imposing structure (bright acidity and wonderful toothsome tannin). The insistent leafiness so evocative of autumn. The complex, evolving mix of tar and roses and menthol. If you’re against modernity and over-polishing in the Piedmont, this is the wine for you. (And for me).
Originally offered August 15, 2016. Excerpts from the original: We’ve offered every Tintero Barbaresco ever made (it began with the 2008 vintage; this is our fifth in a row), and I’m sure we’ve sold the majority of all the bottles of Tintero Barbaresco that ever made it into the US. Our list members know a good value when they see one, and it doesn’t take a genius to know that a Kermit Lynch-imported Barbaresco, at a tariff more often seen for Langhe Nebbiolos, is a fine value indeed. (Ed note: we’re still the best price nationally by a few dollars.]
The winery was founded when Pierre Tintero, a Frenchmen, moved to Piedmont in the early 1900s and married the widow Rosina Cortese, owner of a small estate near Mango (location here). Whether Tintero married under the aegis of Cupid or Bacchus is lost to the sands of time. Regardless, the estate with his name has lived on, and it’s now run by the third (Elvio) and fourth (Marco and Cinzi) generations.
Back when we accessed that inaugural 2008 vintage, here’s what the inveterately-knowledgeable Lyle Railsback (of Kermit Lynch Imports) had to say: [TEXT WITHHELD].
This clocks in at 14% listed alc and begins with a killer nose, evocative and expressive. Black cherry and rose petals, smoky minerals, menthol and cinnamon spice notes. The palate perfectly balances a trinity of fruit and mineral and leaf, and offers real approachability, not often the case for Nebbiolo, let alone Nebbiolo from Barbaresco. It’s robustly structured, with bright acid and toothsome tannins. This is such a clear step up from Langhe Nebbiolo in terms of complexity and textural polish.
Please limit order requests to 18 bottles total (mix and match as you like), and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wines should arrive in a week or two, at which point they will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.