2018 Franco Amoroso Barbaresco
2018 Franco Amoroso Barbaresco Barbaresco has bouquets of roses or violets with flavor notes of cherry, truffles, fennel and licorice. As the wine ages, it can develop smoky notes and more earthy and animal flavors like leather and tar.
The wet-earth and cedar character is quite endearing as it sits well with the overtones of blueberries, fresh herbs and spices. Medium to full body, bright acidity and a chewy finish. Shows good length and complexity.
Franco Amoroso Barbaresco is made from 100% Nebbiolo; indigenous to the Northwest area of Piedmont. What a great price for a Barbaresco! Family run winery producing a fantastic wine here with elements of roses, dark red fruit and a hint of dried herbs and earth. Great bottle to have with any traditional Italian fare or cheese!
Barbaresco is one of the great wines of the Piedmont region in northwestern Italy. Historically it was called Nebbiolo di Barbaresco (Nebbiolo being the grape it’s made from) and was used by the Austrian General Melas to celebrate his victory over the French in 1799. Only in the middle of the 19th Century was the wine we know today vinified into a dry style.
This aristocratic red was awarded its DOCG classification in 1980. Its vineyards are situated in the Langhe, on the right-hand side of the Tanaro river and extending from the area northeast of Alba to the communes of Barbaresco, Neive and Treiso, as well as San Rocco Senodelvio (once part of the Barbaresco municipality but now part of Alba). The dominant variety grown is Nebbiolo, but Dolcetto and Barbera also play a part. The vines are generally grown on limestone-rich marl soils. similar to the Tortonium soils of the Barolo and La Morra areas in Barolo, at 650–1300ft (200–400m) above sea level on very steep, “pre-alpine” hills. They are situated on south-facing slopes for best exposure.