Vallegrande Cru Barbaresco 2020 NYR (2019 - 94VM)
Ca del Baio
$37.99 reg US LOW
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Planting of vineyards: between 1957 and 1999
Type of soil: bluish clayey-limestone marl
Position: facing south-west
Harvest: between the end of September and the beginning of October (2015 was an earlier pick)
Vinification and Aging: The destemmed and pressed grapes ferment on the skins in temperature-controlled steel tanks for 5 to 30 days. The wine then matures in wood for 24 months, partly in oak casks and partly in small used French barrels, before continuing its aging in the bottle for 6 months.
NYR 2019 - 94 pts Vinous (Galloni)
The 2019 Barbaresco Vallegrande is broad and ample in the glass. Deeply pitched spice notes open first. Dark and mysterious in the glass, with tons of complexity, the Vallegrande is quite virile in feel, with all its elements impeccably balanced. It's another terrific wine from the Grasso family. The Vallegrande exudes Treiso character. That makes it the quintessential Ca' del Baio Barbaresco.
- By Antonio Galloni on September 2022
This is a fine set of new releases from Ca' del Baio, certainly a step up from last year's wines. The Barbarescos tend to see 20-25 days on the skins. After settling, the wines are moved into cask, usually around December. Aging is about 26 months, which is on the long side by today's standards. The wines are all terrific, but the Vallegrande is especially of note.