Produttori di Barbaresco: All the Crus of 2016

Produttori di Barbaresco is one of the world’s best, if not the best, wine cooperatives. Their Barbaresco Riservas are elite wines and in a classic, outstanding vintage like 2016 they really shine.
by Ian D’Agata

The Produttori di Barbaresco cooperative may very well be the world’s best wine cooperative. The quality level of wines it produces every year is often superior not just to those of many other Barbaresco producers, but to many of those of Barolo, the rest of Italy, and the world too. Even better, the Produttori has an amazing track record for goodness in the glass: for example, the coop’s old vintages from the 1960s and 1970s are still splendid today (clearly, provided they were kept in a good cellar).  You might go as far to say that the wines are so good the Produttori di Barbaresco is everyone’s second favourite wine producer (when it isn’t their favourite, period): everyone has a second favourite colour, a second favourite rock band, a second favourite football or baseball team and so forth. You know, like the “other” team you root for when the one you normally pine for has been unceremoniously kicked out of the playoffs (I’m a long-suffering Toronto Maple Leafs fan, so trust me, I’m an expert on the subject of getting kicked out of round one of the playoffs, and before the recent ??? good times, in not even making the playoffs altogether for one long stretch after another).

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Ian D'Agata

Editor-in-Chief of Terroir Sense Wine Review
President of Terroir Sense Academy
Vice President of Association Internationale des Terroirs
Chief Scientific Officer of TasteSpirit

Ian D’Agata has been writing and educating about wines for over thirty years. Internationally recognized as an distinguished expert, critic and writer on many wine regions, his two most recent, award winning books Native Wine Grapes of Italy and Italy's Native Wine Grape Terroirs (both published by University of California Press) are widely viewed as the "state of the art" textbooks on the subject. The former book won the Louis Roederer International Wine Awards Book of the Year in 2015 and was ranked as the top wine books of the year for the Los Angeles Times, the Financial Times and the New York Times, while the latter was named among the best wine books of the year by Food & Wine Magazine and the NY Times.

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