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2019 Barbaresco

Cantine Elvio Tintero
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If you’ve searched for—and found—incredible Italian values in our shop, chances are you have drunk one of Marco Tintero’s creations. Marco—the bon vivant pictured on this month’s cover—excels in the “weeknight” category with his festive whites, reds, and rosato, but he also exhibits mastery of Piemonte’s more prestigious appellations. This release marks a breakthrough for his Barbaresco, a wine he produces in tiny batches each year from the famous crus Balluri and Bricco di Neive. It is a Barbaresco you can dig into right away, full of sumptuous dark berry fruit with spicy hints of clove and a strikingly elegant finish. No cellaring necessary, but a good decant will go a long way.

Anthony Lynch


Technical Information
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2019
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Nebbiolo
Appellation: Barbaresco
Country: Italy
Region: Piedmont
Producer: Cantine Elvio Tintero
Winemaker: Marco Tintero
Vineyard: Planted in 1980 and 1990, 1 ha
Soil: Limestone, Blue Marl
Aging: Aged for 24 months in 500-liter botti (10 to 20 years old)
Farming: Sustainable
Alcohol: 14.5%

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About The Region

Piedmont

map of Piedmont

Kermit’s love affair with the great reds of Piemonte dates back to the early days of his career: the very first container he imported from Italy, in fact, featured legendary 1971 and 1974 Barolos from Vietti and Aldo Conterno. Regular visits since then have seen our portfolio grow to now twelve Piemontesi estates, with a strong focus on the rolling hills of the Langhe.

Nebbiolo rules these majestic, vine-covered marl slopes, giving Italy’s most mystifyingly complex, nuanced, and age-worthy reds. When crafted via traditional production methods—long macerations and extensive aging in enormous oak botti—the powerful, yet incredibly refined Barolos and Barbarescos provide haunting aromatics of tar, raspberry, incense, tea, roses, and more. At times austere in their youth but well worth the wait, they pair beautifully with the hearty local cuisine starring veal in many forms, braised beef, pastas like tajarin and agnolotti, and of course, Alba’s famous white truffles.

Surrounded by mountains on three sides, Piemonte’s climate is continental, with baking hot summers and cold winters. Nebbiolo is only part of the story here: juicy, fruity Barberas and Dolcettos represent the bread and butter throughout the region, and other native grapes like Freisa, Croatina, and the white Arneis are also noteworthy. Value abounds in the Monferrato, while Alto Piemonte also has its share of thrills to provide.

Every corner of Piemonte is rich with tradition, especially when wine is concerned. It’s no wonder we have been singing the region’s praises for over forty years.

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Kermit inspecting wine barrels

For the wines that I buy I insist that the winemaker leave them whole, intact. I go into the cellars now and select specific barrels or cuvées, and I request that they be bottled without stripping them with filters or other devices. This means that many of our wines will arrive with a smudge of sediment and will throw a more important deposit as time goes by, It also means the wine will taste better.