Wines of the Week: Produttori di Barbaresco & Markus Molitor

Produttori di Barbaresco 1967 Barbaresco Pora Riserva Speciale 96
Markus Molitor 2003 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese  94
by Ian D’Agata

Produttori di Barbaresco 1967 Barbaresco Pora Riserva Speciale                 96

The 1967 vintage was an excellent one in Barbaresco and Barolo but all the wines are best drunk up by now for maximum enjoyment. And why not, given they are now 56 years old.

This 1967 from the Produttori, arguably the world’s best wine coop, is a gem. From the underrated cru of Pora, the parcels of which the grapes were sourced from to make this wine belonged to the Varaldo and Dellaferrera families, a marvellous wine.

Very pale red, almost pink colour. Aromas and flavours of wild strawberry, sour cherry, delicate mushroom nuances, rosehip and violet. Fresh and juicy, with fading floral and fruit notes nicely supported by noble tannins on the long suave finish. Drinking window: 2023-2026.

Markus Molitor 2003 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese                  94

From one of the world’s most famous vineyards and hottest producers, a liquid gem that is at once lifted and luscious, as all great sweet wines should be. Bright burnished golden-yellow colour. Complex aromas of tangerine marmelade, papaya, dark honey, caramel lemon zest, almond brittle and faded jasmine. Then similar flavours, nicely extended by harmonious acidity on the long, marmelady noble rot-accented finish that is at once thick yet suave. A dessert in and of itself, but will match with many fruit and almond desserts, not to mention cheeses. Drinking window: 2023-2033.

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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