Definition - What does Barbaresco mean?

Barbaresco is a red wine made in the Piedmont region of Northern Italy. The wine holds a Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) status and is made from the regional grape, Nebbiolo. It is a highly prized collector's wine for its long-aging ability and can age up to twenty years.

WineFrog explains Barbaresco

Barbaresco wine in its youth is a deep, almost opaque-colored wine with dark hues of ruby and garnet, with intense tannin structure. As it ages, it lightens and takes on terracotta and brick shades. Signature aromas of the wine are floral notes of violets and roses.

By DOCG standards in Italy, Barbaresco wines must be aged for a minimum of two years with at least one of those years in oak. For a Barbaresco Riserva, it must be aged for at least four years. The minimum alcohol level should be 12.5%.

Barbaresco is often confused with Barolo, as they are made from the same Nebbiolo grape.

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