2008 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Asili

Year: 2008
Appellation: Piedmont
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 89
Wine Advocate: 96
Wine and Spirits: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :
$49.95
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"The cherry and plum flavors are pure and allied to assertive tannins. Floral, tobacco, tea, iron and underbrush notes add accents, while the tannins leave a firm finish. Best from 2014 through 2024. 255 cases imported." (WS)

"One of the absolute highlights in this portfolio of utterly amazing wines, the 2008 Barbaresco Riserva Asili possesses marvelous depth and richness, but also little of the early approachability and sexiness of Asili. With time in the glass, the wine’s inner perfume gradually emerges, but ultimately this is a Barbaresco to bury in the deepest corner of the cellar. Once again, the Produttori have done a fabulous job with the Asili. The 2008 has nerves of steel and a huge, never-ending finish. It is by far the most imposing and structured Asili I have ever tasted from the Produttori. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2048.

Produttori del Barbaresco, one of the world’s top cooperatives, has been making terrific wines for five decades. As good as the wines were in the past, my feeling was that at times the full potential of these sites – widely considered among the very best in Barbaresco – wasn’t being fully captured. The Produttori must have thought the same thing. Beginning in 2001, the Produttori began incentivizing their member growers to cultivate higher quality grapes. At the same time, the winery began a gradual process of rotating out their large 100-hectoliter casks and replacing them with smaller 50 and 75-hectoliter casks. The 2008 Riservas are the culmination of all of that work. I have been anxiously waiting to taste the Produttori’s 2008 Riservas since the end of that year’s harvest, when Managing Director Aldo Vacca told me the Riservas would almost certainly be bottled. Two recent tastings of the entire lineup were more than worth the wait. Simply put, these are the very best young Riservas I have ever tasted from the Produttori. The wines will require considerable patience, but they are stacked and packed with tremendous concentration of fruit allied to structure. It is a vintage Piedmont drinkers love to love, where the individual signatures of each terroir are clearly delineated. Best of all, the Riservas remain exceedingly fairly priced considering the quality of what is in the bottle. Congratulations to Aldo Vacca, longtime oenologist Gianni Testa and the entire team at Produttori del Barbaresco for this magnificent collection of 2008 Barbareschi." (WA)

Winery Notes:
This 7.5 acre vineyard resides in a geological bowl, protecting the vines from wind and humidity. The vineyard’s poor soil results in a complex minerality in the final wine. Asili has a great aging potential, but shows a distinct personality early on. The first vintage of Asili was produced in 1970.