Three years ago we offered the Produttori del Barbaresco 2010 to our newsletter friends and suggested buying it by the case: an under-$35 wine that is delicious to drink on release but that just gets better and better for year or even decades.
And we took our own advice–but even at that, we didn’t buy enough. Don’t you wish you still had cases of the 2010 lying around now? We do!
But with the release of the 2013s, nature has given us another chance. Vintages this great usually come only once in every generation or so. But this time, they’re only three years apart. As Jancis Robinson puts it (in her clinical British prose), “The prognosis is for a vintage similar in quality to the already legendary 2010s.” Antonio Galloni gushes: “Two thousand thirteen… is shaping up to be an epic vintage of classic proportions and superb pedigree.”
If anything, the 2013s—from Barbaresco at least—are a little better than the 2010s. In 2010 it rained just before the harvest, diluting the grapes slightly (in Barolo the later harvest allowed the grapes to dry out). So where some of the 2010s displayed a bit of flatness, a slight dullness, the 2013s all seem to pop with life and energy.
When we first offered the 2010, we said that there was no better value in cellar-worthy wines. Three years later, virtually everything else has gone up in price, but the Produttori del Barbaresco has remained the same. It’s a better value now than ever, and a very budget-friendly addition to your cellar in 2017.
Buy now and buy deep! Use the code PROD2013 at checkout to get 10% off any order of 3 or more bottles!by