This wine is sourced from 100% Cru vineyards. Similar to the Burgundy model (but not exactly the same) by blending the two Cru’s David declassifies as a ‘simple’ Barbaresco DOCG. All the wine in this bottling is from Cru classified vineyards. In 2017 it’s 60% from Roncaglie Cru and 40% from Starderi. It’s a small production, with David sourcing 0.3 hectares from Roncaglie (the whole Cru is 13 hct) and another 0.3 Hects from 2 different vineyards in Starderi.
100% destemmed. Open ferment, No post ferment soak. Elevage in old oak, over 10 years old, 300ltr barrels. Barbaresco can only be released on the 3rd January following harvest, giving the wine approx. 27 months total aging. David ages his wines for 24 months in barrel (legally it only needs be 12 as a minimum) then 3 months in bottle.
Sexy Dave Fletcher does Barbaresco, from his winery at the old station of Barbaresco.
Tightly wound, tense and bright, sour cherry, black tea, cranberry tang, a faint nutty creaminess, very young and perky with tannins that ripple with black tea character and a mouth-watering freshness. It’s pent up stuff here, lots of detail, layers of Chinese five spice, green herb, that red fruits character going strong. Feels built for a very long haul. Delightful now, though, albeit perhaps tough with tannin for some. Not for me. Drink 2021-2040. 95+ Points. Mike Bennie, The Wine Front.