Reyna Barbaresco DOCG 2012

Michele Chiarlo

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Region: Italy / Piedmont / Barbaresco
Grapes: 100% Nebbiolo

The vineyards lie on the steep, southwest facing Langhe hillsides. Grapes are harvested an average of 10 to 15 days later than normal, resulting in extremely rich musts high in sugar and lower in acidity. Temperature controlled fermentation is followed by malolactic fermentation and aging in French Allier and Slavonian oak followed by additional aging in bottle.

91 Points

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2012 vintage
93 Points

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2012 vintage
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harvest note

The year 2012 will be remembered for its dry, hot summer, which affected many Italian regions, and for the lowest yields of the last 50 years. Piedmont had a winter-spring weather pattern that was very peculiar: the absence of any significant rainfall in December and January, though with standard temperatures, followed by a truly abnormal February. Freezing temperatures with minimums of around -20° for a period of 10 days and exceptionally heavy snowfall for a total of about 100 cm, there then followed a very rainy spring, especially from mid-April to May 20th. These rainfalls created a precious water reserve in the soil, which was of great help during the 3 months of summer drought, characterized by very high temperatures, especially in August. Despite the above mentioned water reserve, in late August the vineyards planted on calcareous and sandy soil and exposed to the south and west began to suffer when, unexpectedly on September 1st, 2nd and 3rd, there arrived three days of heavy rainfall that were a real godsend, the benefit of which is incalculable and changed the fate of the harvest, contributing significantly to a very balanced ripening, particularly favoured by the meager quantity. The harvesting of Nebbioli for Nebbiolo d'Alba, Barolo and Barbaresco happened in the beginning of October. We once again had an excellent vintage.

tasting note

Pure, high-toned red berry aromas and flavors with green peppercorn, spice and almond notes, surround a core of vivid acidity and moderate tannins. Similar in character to Barolo, but more delicate, this Barbaresco has great aging potential.

food pairing

This is a great wine for roasts, large game such as wild boar and venison and game birds such as pheasant, quail and partridge.

technical data

GRAPES: 100% Nebbiolo
APPELLATION: Babaresco DOCG
PH: 3.65
ACIDITY: 5.90
ABV: 13.90%

points of distinction

  • Similar in character to Barolo, but more delicate
  • Matured one year in oak barrels and one year in bottle before release
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“My aim has always been but one: quality.”

– Michele Chiarlo, Winemaker

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