Lot 592 2006 Barbaresco Riserva DOCG

Lot 592
2006 Piemonte Barbaresco Riserva

One of Italy's greatest wines from a top rated vintage - a tremendous opportunity.
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Still dark in the glass and just starting to show a little orange bricking at the edge, the nose here is lovely with the classic Nebbiolo amalgam, tar and roses, enveloped in a haze of cherry cigar smoke. The chalky tannins reveal more fruit here than its Barolo counterpart (Lot 593), which is right given their age difference. Wonderfully pure and singing nicely now, this wine will continue to age gracefully for another 10-20 years.
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Sourced from one of the most renowned and venerated wine-growing districts in the world. Low yields per vine are required to obtain good sugar levels, intense color, and the fullest flavor extraction. Traditional fermentation is followed by malolactic fermentation and then laid to rest for 4 years of aging (hence the Riserva moniker; non-Riserva Barbaresco requires 2 years). From the best south-facing slopes in Barbaresco and with a good bit of barrel and bottle aging, Lot 592 is more approachable than Lot 593 Barolo but every bit as exquisite, and from a top-rated vintage, too (2006 95 rating, Wine Advocate).