BARBARESCO D.O.C.G. RISERVA PORA 2016
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Drinking Window: 2030-2045
Ageing Potential: 20+ Years
Grape variety: 100% Nebbiolo
Soil: calcareous limestone with sandy veins
Vinification: fermentation at 30°c (85°f), 28 days of skin contact time, malolactic completed
Ageing: 36 months in large oak barrels and 12 months in bottles
Vintage: full body vintage with intense and rich fruit, ripe, powerful tannins and long finish
Vineyard character: medium body, rich and broad fruit with earthy notes and early maturing tannins
Food pairing: fresh egg-pasta dishes, risotto, white and red meat, game, venaison, cheeses
95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Starting off this tasting of new Riservas from Produttori del Barbaresco is the 2016 Barbaresco Riserva Pora. This is a beautifully elegant and silky wine with a soft entry of wild berry fruit, lilac and wild rose. The bouquet opens gracefully with a fluid, slow-building intensity that feels silky and delicate to all the senses. It holds back from showing any overt or determined level of power, remaining instead silky and smooth throughout. It treads quietly and softly. Production is 13,403 bottles, and fruit is sourced from the Dellaferrera and Manzone family vineyards. I came back to this wine 24 hours after the bottle was open and added one more point to my score.
95 points Vinous
The 2016 Barbaresco Riserva Pora is a brooding wine, its mid-weight structure notwithstanding. Iron, smoke, tobacco, cedar and dried flowers add a feral, earthy quality that is so appealing. Pora is often one of the more approachable Riservas in this range, but the 2016 is an exception. Readers should be prepared to cellar it for at least a few years.