On Its Own Pedestal: The Highest Rated Produttori Ever

All the buzz and hype around Piedmont's 2016 is entirely real. Today's wine paints the picture perfectly: 2016 Produttori del Barbaresco "regular" Barbaresco, the highest rated vintage ever. Not by just one critic.

Adding our own take on this magnificent wine is almost redundant but such a jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring Produttori deserves to be put on its own pedestal. We've had two bottles already, without decanting, and it's left us speechless. Whether you're a die-hard Nebbiolo fan or new to its allure, this is completely and totally not to be missed!

$39.55 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($43.95 regular)

95 points Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Barbaresco is a tight and beautiful wine that will require more time to unwind and soften. This beautifully balanced vintage is characterized by a tight inner core of fruit that underlines the graceful aging capacity of these wines. The 2016 is shaping up to be one destined for long cellar aging. Now in its youth, the wine offers wild berry, rose and licorice aromas."

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Enticing aromas of violet, woodland berry, loose vineyard soil, wild mint and a hint of spearmint shape the intensely fragrant nose. The tense, young palate is still nervous but already boasts finesse, showing wild raspberry, crunchy red cherry, white pepper and star anise. Firm, refined tannins and racy acidity give it a linear, almost austere elegance, while bright acidity keeps it focused and balanced."

94 points Vinous, Antonio Galloni: "The 2016 Barbaresco is a stunning wine with tremendous richness for this bottling. Ample, deep and powerful, the 2016 exudes pedigree and class from start to finish. I can't remember a straight Barbaresco here with this much fruit density and unctuous richness, and yet there is more than enough tannin and overall structure to give the wine its classically leaning feel. A blast of sweet red cherry fruit, tobacco, menthol licorice and smoke hits the potent finish. What a wine!"