Vintage: 2012
Bottle sizes: 750 ML
Country: Italy
Region: Piedmont
Appellation: Barbaresco
Wine type: Red
Varietals: Nebbiolo
Organic: Practicing
Vineyard: Montefico in the commune of Barbaresco. Their piece of the Montefico vineyard is only .24 hectares (a little more than half an acre!)
Orientation: Southeast.
Soil: Marl-calcareous.
Viticulture: The Vecchie Vigne selection is made from the oldest vines in the cru - vines over 50 years. Hand-harvested in mid-October.
Vinification: Soft pressing with destemming. Fermentation in wood casks. Maceration for 70-90 days.
Aging: 4-6 years in medium-sized French and Slavonian oak casks.
Publication: Vinous
Rating: 96
A wine of classic elegance, poise and energy. Scents of orange peel, star anise, spice and rosewater give the Montefico a decidedly exotic feel. The firm Montefico tannins are present, but the 2012 is a Barbaresco that favors finesse over power. As always, the Montefico has a very distinctive tannic grip as one of its key signatures. Today, the Montefico is perfumed, ethereal and exquisitely beautiful.