The Produttori was founded in the crushing poverty of the 1950s, when the parish priest organized 19 struggling growers to make wine communally. With time, the Produttori grew to about sixty members-owning the lion's share of the greatest vineyards.
Even today, many of Barbaresco's best growers are members, occupying the greatest sites and pooling their fruit. The Produttori still uses traditional methods: an 18- to 21-day primary fermentation with aging for up to three years in botti. Such techniques yield gloriously transparent wines, affording a unique opportunity to explore the region's finest terroirs.
Though one of Piedmont's greatest producers, the Produttori has long lived in the shadow of more famous names like Giacosa and Gaja. It was not until recently, thanks to the outspoken advocacy of critics like Antonio Galloni and John Gilman, and merchants like ourselves, that the Produttori is getting the attention it deserves in the U.S.
Barbaresco, CN/ Italy
Price in reward points: 93 / 100