This Week's Must-Try Wines from Vinous

Welcome to this week's Must-Try Wines from Vinous! Each week we compile a list of wines from the Vinous database that you need to add to your wine wish list. With all the various regions, producers, and grapes, no week will be the same! All of the wines listed in this feature are available for purchase on Banquet . This week's must-try wines are from Antonio Galloni’s article, 2018 & 2019 Barbaresco Take Center Stage . Enjoy an excerpt from his article and reviews below! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ “My annual report on Barbaresco focuses on the 2018 and 2019 vintages in Barbaresco and other recent releases. Piedmont fans will be happy to learn that 2018 is far better and more consistent in Barbaresco than it is in Barolo. The first 2019 Barbarescos I have tasted point to an outstanding vintage that has the potential to be superb. In short, readers will find a large number of exceptional wines in this article.” --Antonio Galloni, 2018 & 2019 Barbaresco Take Center Stage, February 2022 1. 2018 Albino Rocca Barbaresco 2. 2018 Albino Rocca Barbaresco Ronchi 3. 2017 Azienda Agricola Ronchi Barbaresco Ronchi 4. 2017 Cantina del Pino Barbaresco Ovello 5. 2018 Elvio Cogno Barbaresco Bordini 6. 2018 Gaja Barbaresco 7. 2018 Giuseppe Cortese Barbaresco Rabajà 8. 2018 Piero Busso Barbaresco Mondino 9. 2018 Poderi Colla Barbaresco Roncaglie 10. 2016 Serafino Rivella Barbaresco Montestefano

Rivella Serafino

Montestefano Barbaresco Nebbiolo 2016

Delectable Wine
9.5

The 2016 Barbaresco Montestefano is magical. Bright and translucent, the 2016 pulses with energy from the very first taste. This is about as classic as things get in Barbaresco today. Sweet rose petal, cinnamon, dried flowers, cedar and mint all give this ethereal, wonderfully nuanced Barbaresco ton of subtlety. A kick of bright Nebbiolo acids and tannins give energy and shape. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, February 2022)
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Gaja

Barbaresco Nebbiolo 2018

Delectable Wine
9.3

The 2018 Barbaresco has really come together nicely since I last tasted it. A super-classic wine, the 2018 offers up soaring aromatics, mid-weight structure and fine balance. Pure, transparent and impeccable in its balance, the 2018 is just sublime today. Time has been so beneficial here. Crushed red berry, spice, mint and rose petal grave this effusive, refined Barbaresco from Gaja. This is the best showing of the 2018 yet, and I say that having tasted a few bottles already. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, February 2022)
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Albino Rocca

Ronchi Barbaresco Nebbiolo 2018

Delectable Wine
9.5

The 2018 Barbaresco Ronchi is another gorgeous wine in this lineup from Rocca. As always, the Ronchi is a Barbaresco of breadth and power. In 2018, those qualities are expressed in a decidedly understated manner. Wild cherry, plum, sage, tobacco and menthol are all kicked up in this super-expressive Barbaresco. Hints of orange peel, spice, star anise and sweet pipe tobacco grace the layered, exquisite finish. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, February 2022)
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Poderi Colla

Roncaglie Barbaresco Nebbiolo 2018

Delectable Wine
9.3

The Colla family's 2018 Barbaresco Roncaglie packs quite a punch in its deceptively medium-bodied frame. A burst of cedar, sweet pipe tobacco, herbs and dried cherry fruit makes a great first impression. The 2018 is going to need a few years to soften. It is unusually firm today, and yet full of promise for the future. All this needs is a bit of patience. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, February 2022)
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Giuseppe Cortese

Rabajà Barbaresco Nebbiolo 2018

Delectable Wine
9.3

The 2018 Barbaresco Rabajà expresses all of its classicism and nuance in an ethereal, nervy style that is going to need at least a few years in bottle to unwind. Readers will notice a Rabajà that is more finesse than muscle, the direction these wines have trended in over the last few years. Sage, mint, tobacco, licorice and incense are laced into the resonant finish. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, February 2022)
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Cantina del Pino

Ovello Barbaresco Nebbiolo 2017

Delectable Wine
9.4

The 2017 Barbaresco Ovello is a superb effort for the year. Bright, aromatic and effusive, the 2017 is so expressive right out of the bottle. It has the vintage 2017 power found in all the wines here, but also the cut and verve that make Ovello one of the most distinctive sites in all of Barbaresco. It is such a gorgeous wine. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, February 2022)
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Albino Rocca

Barbaresco Nebbiolo 2018

Delectable Wine
9.0

The 2018 Barbaresco is a terrific introduction to the year. Sweet tobacco, licorice, mint, dried flowers and rose petal all grace this ethereal, classy Barbaresco from the Rocca family. Silky tannins give the 2018 tons of up-front appeal and plenty of charm. This is beautifully done. The straight Barbaresco is mostly Meruzzano plus young vines in Ronchi. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, February 2022)
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Piero Busso

Mondino Barbaresco Nebbiolo 2018

Delectable Wine
9.1

An attractive, mid-weight wine, Busso's 2018 Barbaresco Mondino offers plenty of up-front appeal and charm. Cherries in liqueur, cinnamon, dried rose petal and new leather lend aromatic presence. I would give the nervy tannins a few years to soften here, but would also not wait too long, as the 2018 comes across as a near-term drinker. The alcohol feels a bit pronounced here, otherwise the 2018 is nicely done. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, February 2022)
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Azienda Agricola Elvio Cogno

Bordini Barbaresco Nebbiolo 2018

Delectable Wine
9.4

The 2018 Barbaresco Bordini is a dark, full-bodied wine that expresses the natural intensity of this sector in Neive. Readers will find a bold, structured Barbaresco endowed with serious depth. Black cherry, sage, menthol, licorice, mocha and spice are all kicked up in a Barbaresco that balances energy with size. The 2018 is one of the best versions of this wine I can remember tasting. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, February 2022)
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Azienda Agricola Ronchi di Giancarlo Rocca

Barbaresco 2017

Delectable Wine
9.4

The 2017 Barbaresco Ronchi is darker, richer and more potent than the straight bottling, but ultimately the two wines aren't as different as they have been or should be. I imagine at least some of that is attributable to the vintage. Black cherry, smoke, tobacco, licorice and leather all meld together nicely. The heat of the vintage is a bit more evident here, but is also nicely balanced. The 2017 finishes with notable substance and power. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, February 2022)
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