Blue Chip

Produttori del Barbaresco, Barbaresco, 2016
2016 is the new 2006. Or the new 2010. It's highly touted and laureated. Unlike Bordeaux, the Piedmontese don't market Vintages of the Century twice a decade. And judging by my personal experience and a lot of scouring through forums and reviews, few of the hyped vintages turn out to be over-hyped. Anyway, 2016 seems to be a consensus and the Produttori normale is beautiful, living proof. It's the best I've had yet, certainly the most vibrant and fresh, with complex and extremely fragrant aromatics - red fruit and flowers to start with, then earth, truffles, dog fur. It's already got game and I think it will keep in top form and become even more complex. (Aug. 6, 2020)