Classic PdB. Will drink before the 2016s. Energy and freshness abound. Beautifully put together. If you have to compare it to the 2016 the tannins have a slight edge compared to the very ripe tannins of 2016. Excellent depth and length of flavour. The elegance of the Barbaresco profile is here. Love the line of acid that holds the richness of fruit beautifully keeping the profile fresh. There are excellent counterpoints from the richer Cru’s vs the more elegant ones. The blend is greater than the sum of the parts, building great complexity. Beautifully weighted. Faint hints of liquorice. Lovely perfume of violets. Divine fruit!
Galloni scored both the 2016 and 2017 the same points. It’s about celebrating the different personalities from vintage variation here. Once again proving PdB’s Barbaresco Normale is a great benchmark!
Aldo sums it up beautifully “Barbaresco is always true to its origin, but never the same two years in a row The ever-changing Piemonte climate and the sensitivity of the Nebbiolo grapes create every vintage a unique balance that gives to the wine its distinct personality.”