I was once told by one of our very loyal and best customers, who regularly purchases the range of imported wines we offer here at My Wine Guy, that the 2013 Roberto Sarotto Barolo was one of the best wines he had ever seen or tried from us. Well, Mr Bryce have we got something special for you!
This incredible (and freshly imported) 2013 Sarotto Barbaresco Riserva, from that very same house, might just be able to knock its sibling wine of the high pedestal... as this one is even better, and it comes with some massive credentials too!
Sourced from an exceptional (and classic) Piedmonte vintage, this is winemaker Roberto Sarotto's answer to the great village wines of Barbaresco. Produced in only the most exceptional vintages, from single-estate fruit, the
Riserva Barbaresco is unequivocally one of the best value Nebbiolo wines around. It's brick and garnet, with earth, leather and berries, charred tangerine and pomello, and some more darker berries and gamey characteristics.
In taking out the 'Wine of Show' Platinum Trophy at the worlds pre-eminent and largest wine show, the Decanter World Wine Awards 2018, the panel were enamoured with its expressive and spicey frame. From earthen mushroom characteristics, to cranberry and pomegranate, its a flavour packed example of the rustic Italian style.
Sarotto might have his foot firmly in the modernist camp, but with this Barbaresco, he has unleashed a house style more akin to the great estates of Barbaresco and beyond. An absolute classic in the making, this might just be one of the most alluring imports we have uncovered all year.
Place of Origin - Neive, Treiso (Barbaresco DOCG) Colour - Ruby red with an orange glow Grape - 100% Nebbiolo Exposure/Altitude - South, South-West at 270-300 metres altitude Training System - Guyot Soil - Limestone/Clay/Marlstone Training System - guyot Density - 5000 vines per hectare Yield per hectare - 7000kg Harvest Time - End of September, early October Vinification Process - Maceration with further fermentation that lasts for 10 days. Ageing - 2 months in stainless steel tanks before 14-15 month in oak casks, then a further 15 months ageing in bottle and tank. Wine released at 4 years post vintage. Alcohol - 14.0%
This Barbaresco is a complex wine, whose nose has a distinctive hint of roses and violets. With its deep ruby red color, it has a refined and smooth taste and has aromas of ripe plum, liquorice, spices and chocolate. Soft tannins give a particular sensation of sweetness and a long, velvet finish
Robero Sarotto estates is a family run company and has always been part of the wine world, with a strong belief in traditional values, but at the same time not afraid to take new ways. They can be considered "local pioneers" in the wine field, having lived and worked the land and making wine in the region in the region since the late 1700s. The family continued to make wine and the business underwent expansion from 1870 to 1930-40. During these years, the family specialised in the production of Dolcetto, exporting it in bulk in wooden barrels as far away as England in the early 1900's. The export market was lost with the war, and the vineyards were later decimated by phylloxera. From 1950 Luigi Giovanni's son, Angelo, continued working the vineyards, and new varieties, including Moscato, Freisa and Barbera, were planted, but the grapes were sold to dealers until the early 1980's, when Angelo's son, Roberto, graduated from the local wine-making school. Since 1991 all the grapes grown on the estates have been vinified in the winery, and the range of wines produced was extended in the same year with the purchasing of a 20 hectare farm in Barolo wine-growing area.
Light to medium garnet red with a hint of fawn. Graceful and expansive aromas , suggesting poised ripeness and ample ageing: soft cranberry and pomegranate, with some wild-mushroom and forest-copse richness. Soft, settled, balanced and refined Barbaresco, yet the amplitude of the vintage gives it a wealth and a richness of contour which will see it age effortlessly for at least another decade. 2018-2028.'
Best in Show Platinum Trophy - Decanter World Wine Awards Gold Medal - Mundus Vini Spring 2018