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2013 Roberto Sarotto Barbaresco Riserva DOCG

2013 Roberto Sarotto Barbaresco Riserva DOCG

Graceful and expansive aromas , suggesting poised ripeness and ample ageing: soft cranberry and pomegranate, with some wild-mushroom and forest-copse richness.'
97 Points - Platinum Award 'Best in Show'Decanter World Wine Awards 2018

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  • 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 (new vintage here) 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.


    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 a slight aroma of ripe plum, liquorice, spices and chocolate. Soft tannins give a particular sensation of sweetness and a long velvet finish. Excellent for serving with red meat courses and cheeses, but also as a sipping wine.

    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%

    What is Barbaresco? And how does it differ from Barolo?

    Grown in the rolling hills of Piedmont’s Langhe area and separated from the Barolo growing zone by the city of Alba, Barbaresco boasts enticing scents of violet, red berry and earthy sensations like leather and underbrush. Full-bodied and intense, the wine is more about complexity and elegance and less about sheer muscle.

    While Barbaresco can have austere, Barolo-like structure, it typically doesn’t have the same tannic force as its cousin. And, while ageworthy, it tends to be approachable sooner. It makes Barbaresco a perfect fit for wine lovers looking for terroir-driven wines that possess energy and finesse.

    Producers such as Angelo Gaja and Bruno Giacosa have been making excellent Barbaresco for decades, but quality is now the norm for the multitude of small grower-producers that form the backbone of the denomination.


    '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.'
    97 Points & Best in Show Platinum Trophy - Decanter World Wine Awards

    Gold Medal - Mundus Vini Spring 2018