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Cantina del Pino Barbaresco Albesani 2014

Cantina del Pino Barbaresco Albesani 2014

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"The 2014 Barbaresco Albesani is quite restrained in this vintage, with less of the sheer explosiveness it has shown in some recent vintages. Even so, the natural breadth of this site comes through in the wine's ample, layered personality. Dark cherry, lavender, menthol, sage and new leather grow with time in the glass, and yet the 2014 remains translucent and deceptively medium in body. It will be fascinating to see if the Albesani gains volume with more time in bottle. Today, it offers good potential. Drinking window:2020-2034. 92 points

Proprietor Renato Vacca gives his Barbarescos more time in bottle prior to releasing them, so the 2014s are just entering the market now. The 2014s spent two years in cask and another 18 months in bottle. In 2014, the Gallina is especially fine. I suspect all of these wines will blossom with a bit more time in bottle. In a vintage like 2014, where the wines are a bit nervous to start, the later release schedule might very well mean that I tasted the wines in a phase in which they are a bit closed."

Antonio Galloni, Vinous (10/18)