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 Vintage1996 Label 1 of 13 
TypeRed
ProducerProduttori del Barbaresco (web)
VarietyNebbiolo
DesignationRiserva
VineyardRio Sordo
CountryItaly
RegionPiedmont
SubRegionLanghe
AppellationBarbaresco

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2009 and 2016 (based on 4 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.5 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 10 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by robs_r on 11/30/2014: Substantial browning, very tired on opening, some air helped. A very pleasent, fully integrated wine. Tannins fully resolved, bright acidity. Slightly past its peak. Drink now. very good plus only. (583 views)
 Tasted by Eric on 1/3/2013 & rated 89 points: Clean, classic. Fading color with a brown edge. Dusty, gentle, balsamic playing with notes of tar. Soft and silky. Lovely wine. (2853 views)
 Tasted by Happybob on 11/12/2009 & rated 91 points: Very nice. Has opened up from a couple of years ago. Not a massive wine, but great structure and integrated tannins. Somewhat explosive and great medium dark fruit. Much like a good pinot noir with more structure - possibly like a pretty good Burgundy but with somewhat different (nebbiolo) fruit. (2448 views)
 Tasted by Papies on 10/11/2009 & rated 90 points: Had at the great antica torre tratoria in Barbaresco to finish our Piedmonte trip. well into its prime with a brownish red colour. A bit of rioja harshness/barnishness but still an enjoyable bottle. (2479 views)
 Tasted by Diane (LI) on 9/12/2009: Darker than I expected with a slight brickish hue. Pretty with floral and earthy aromas. On the palate, there was a mix of floral, leather, and cherry, with dark cherries showing stronger on the lovely finish. An excellent choice with the delicious food at Felidia. (2625 views)
 Tasted by 1800kidney on 9/24/2007 & rated 92 points: Lovely Barbaresco from the Produttori, complex fruits, plums and black cherries, hint of mint in the finish.
tannins are turning velvety, 11 years well spent in the bottle: Bottegga, recruit dinner (2874 views)
 Tasted by BABA on 10/8/2006 & rated 90 points: Light garnet, with large orange rim. Not very intense but charming aromas of: jam, earth, violet, musk, white pepper, tar. After 5 or 6 hours in the glass, you can recognize some hint of rust. Medium body, sweet on the palate, but a little short in flavour. Nicely tannic and pleasant with food , but on the whole, a quite simple wine. Drink it up. (1673 views)
 Tasted by carlwhat on 6/17/2006 & rated 92 points: good classic traditional barbaresco.... aging very nicely... (2061 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 12/25/2004 & rated 89 points: [Garlic pizza, meatballs] Decanted for ~1 hr. Mild red fruit and anise on the nose. On the palate, burnt orange, clove, cherry burst, tannins. As expected less fruit than the '97 Rio Sordo; found the '97 more distinctive. Cleaner (and IMO preferable) compared to the '96 Asili that I had last night. (2475 views)

Professional 'Channels'
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, November/December 2000, IWC Issue #93
(Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Rio Sordo) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, November/December 1998, IWC Issue #81
(Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Rio Sordo) Subscribe to see review text.
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Produttori del Barbaresco

Producer website

Nebbiolo

Nebbiolo is a red grape indigenous to the Piedmont region of Italy in the Northwest. The grape can also be found in other parts of the world, though they are not as respected.

Nebbiolo is often considered the "king of red wines," as it is the grape of the famed wines of Barolo DOCG, Barbaresco DOCG, and Roero DOCG. It is known for high tannins and acidity, but with a distinct finesse. When grown on clay, Nebbiolo can be very powerful, tannic, and require long aging periods to reach its full potential. When grown on sand, the grape exhibits a more approachable body with more elegant fruit and less tannins, but still has high aging potential.

"Nebbiolo" is named for the Italian word, "nebbia", which means "fog", in Italian and rightfully so since there is generally a lot of fog in the foothills of Piedmont during harvest.

Nebbiolo is a late-ripening variety that does best in a continental climate that boasts moderate summers and long autumns. In Piedmont, Nebbiolo is normally harvested in October.

More links:
Varietal character (Appellation America) | Nebbiolo on CellarTracker

Rio Sordo

Single vineyard near the town Barbaresco. Details on weinlagen.info

Italy

Italian Wines (ItalianMade.com, The Italian Trade Commission) | Italian Wine Guide on the WineDoctor

Piedmont

Vignaioli Piemontesi (Italian only)

Langhe

Consorzio di Tutela Barolo Barbaresco Alba Langhe e Roero | Union of Producers of Albese Wines (Albeisa)

Barbaresco

Geographical details of the DOCG down to single vineyards. The vineyards belonging to the comune Barbaresco can be found here

 
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