Autinbej Barbaresco 2020
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$27.98 US Low on bottle 1
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This is one of the BEST SELLING wines in the shop the past 4 years and a HUGE rebuy for those new to it. This is one of the best red wine values BAR NONE out of the Piemonte right now! Drinkable now but with the stuffing to age gracefully in the cellar.
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.
2019 Vintage (92 pts Vinous - Galloni)
The 2019 Barbaresco Autinbej is a terrific entry-level offering from Ca' del Baio. Racy and vibrant in the glass, with terrific nuance, the 2019 is impressive. Vibrant red cherry fruit, cinnamon, blood orange and spice race out of the glass. There's terrific depth and translucence. Time in the glass brings out greater depth and textural intensity. Vineyard sources are Ferrere, Marcarini and a piece of Montersino.
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. - By Antonio Galloni on September 2022