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Barbaresco DOCG
A Barbaresco DOCG is made solely from the Nebbiolo variety in three cities near Alba, in the province of Cuneo in southern Piedmont. The production area is located in the towns of Barbaresco, Treiso and Neive as well as a tiny section on the outskirts of Alba called San Rocco Seno d'Elvio. Minimum aging for a Barbaresco is two years, with one year in wood; the wines are not released until they are three years old.

As Barbaresco is made from Nebbiolo, one of Italy's most tannic varieties, it can age for many years; some of the best versions drink well beyond twenty years. Add to that the good acidity of these wines, and you have good freshness, giving these wines a grace and elegance as they age. They are powerful wines, yet never heavy, and there is a good deal of finesse and subtlety with the finest versions.Most of the producers of Barbaresco are small family vintners; many produce a cru version from a single vineyard, which usually has more intensity.

Look for these wines to retail for $40-$60 in America; pair them with rich meals, such as roast pork, lamb or wild game. (Wine/Appellations)