A peaking barbaresco that has aged well – Ca’ del Baio Valgrande 2001

We recently tried the Ca’ del Baio Asili 2007 which was a bit of a disappointment for a wine from such a great vineyard. The Valgrande (Vallegrande) vineyard in Treiso, Barbaresco, is not comparable with Asili and therefore the price is also a much lower.
On the other hand 2001 is an excellent vintage for Barbaresco with perfect weather conditions that rendered good concentration and great acidity. This results in wines which age very well and should drink well now.

In the nose we find lots of dried fruit, cherries, tar, tobacco, eucalyptus, licorice and hints of paint in the background. It feels like a quite classical Barbaresco with a deep, typical nose. The taste is well balanced with an acidity that is fresh and energetic. Texture is sandy and tannins provide a solid, firm backbone and structure to the wine which is packed with ripe fruit.

This pleasant wine is really at its high peak now. Costs about €24.


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