Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Wine of the Week: Montaribaldi Barbaresco "Palazzina"

The Barbaresco "Palazzina" is produced with 100% Nebbiolo grapes coming from the DOCG area of Barbaresco. Palazzina, at almost 30 years old, is the youngest Montaribaldi vineyard; yet is one of the most famous crus of the Barbaresco region. Due to its youth, the Barbaresco produced here has a more notable finesse and elegance when compared to neighboring vineyards. The wine is aging in both once-used barriques and oak barrels for 20 months and after almost 2 years from harvest, the Barbaresco Palazzina is bottled. The finished wine is a vibrant garnet red, with an enveloping and rich body. Hints of violet and aromas of cocoa are followed by vanilla and tobacco; resulting from the oak aging. Austere tannins are rounded out by a finish on the palate. 

In 1968 Pino Taliano founded Taliano Guiseppe. He acquired vineyards throughout the Piedmont and his desire was to create a diverse array of holdings that could highlight the different soils, climatic conditions and traditional varietals of the Piedmont. In 1994, Pino's son Luciano took over the reins and changed the name of the family business to Azienda Agricola Montaribaldi. The name Montaribaldi refers to the ancient Roman road that linked the winery to the different vineyards throughout the Piedmont, thus creating a philosophical and geographical umbrella that tie Luciano's forward looking Domaine to the rich viticultural history of the region. The vision of the Montaribaldi reflects the mantra of "place over process" and the winemaking is done in such a way as to bring this to fruition.


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