I’d never had this wine until a few days ago, didn’t even know Tintero produced a Barbaresco. I love this estate - their basic Rosso is an Eno staple for like $10 - but they’ve never really been on my radar since they’re located up in the higher hills in Mango towards Santo Stefano Belbo which is Moscato country (they make maybe the best one of those), someplace I usually go out of my way for to get in a hilly bike ride. The wine itself is grown in Balluri which is a sub zone of Neive and there isn’t much of it. One tiny parcel, less than one hectare of Nebbiolo grown, maybe 350 cases produced and very little exported. Importer Kermit Lynch brings in a tiny amount to CA and I got the lions share which amounts to a whopping 10 cases of wine. I have no ideas how a Barbaresco this good can cost so little but if you’re familiar with Produttori del Barbaresco, you know it’s possible.
Sustainable farming and traditional winemaking are practiced here and this Barbaresco shows it. Stainless steel fermentation, long maceration on the skins and aging in one large Slavonian oak botte. Translucent garnet color - always a good sign for Nebbiolo - lovely nose of cherries, licorice, menthol and a touch of anise. Deep Nebbiolo flavors of cherry, plum and mineral with a fine, mineral tinged lingering finish. A real treat to have a Nebbiolo this good as an everyday drinker though I’d stock some away. A few years of age never hurts these wines.