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2018 Michele Chiarlo Barbaresco Reyna

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May 26, 2024 - $32



94Wine Enthusiast

Aromas of truffle, rose, violet and camphor shape the enticing nose along with a whiff of leather. On the savory, linear palate, bright acidity and polished tannins accompany ripe raspberry, black cherry, tobacco and ground clove.

93James Suckling

...dried cherries and strawberries, colored by sous-bois elements, such as dried leaves and grilled mushrooms. Some brighter dried-flowers, too. Very nebbiolo and compact. Medium-bodied with lightly firm, dusty tannins and a nicely controlled finish.

91Vinous / IWC

Crushed flowers, spice, cedar, leather and sweet pipe tobacco all grace this soft, fruity Barbaresco from Chiarlo.


Michele Chiarlo

Michele Chiarlo, the estate, was founded in 1956 in Monferrato, in Italy’s Piedmont region. Michele Chiarlo has been acquiring vineyards ever since and today he and his two sons own and operate 250 acres of vineyards. The estate produces about 1 million bottles a year and is best known for its Barolo, Barbera and Barbaresco. It also produces blends and white wines. Gambero Rosso has written that the estate produces numerous wines made in a “modern style where the highly skilled cellar craftsmanship brings out the true spirit of the territory.”


Italy, Piedmont, Barbaresco

Barbaresco is one of the two most acclaimed DOCGs in Piedmont, the other being Barolo. Located just a few miles north of Barolo, Barbaresco is a small town of fewer than 700 people and 1,680 vineyard acres, making it less than half the size of the Barolo DOCG. The other communes in this DOCG of rolling hills are Neive and Treiso. As in Barolo, the DOCG requires that Barbaresco DOCG wines be 100% Nebbiolo, a grape thought of as the Pinot Noir of Italy. Records show that Nebbiolo was grown in the Piedmont as early as the 14th century, and despite being somewhat finicky – it is late to ripen and easily damaged by adverse weather --- Nebbiolo makes highly aromatic and powerful red wines. Until the mid-19th century Nebbiolos of Piedmont were vinified as sweet wines, though that ended in the late 19th century when a French oenologist was invited to Piedmont to show producers how to make dry reds. By the late 20th century respected producers were making outstanding Nebbiolos, as well as Nebbiolo blends that do not carry the DOCG label. Barbaresco was made a DOC in 1966 and upgraded to a DCOG in 1980. DOCG Barbaresco must be aged a minimum of two years, with a minimum of one year in wood. Barbarescos are regarded as more subtle and refined than Barolos, and more approachable when young.


Red Wine, Nebbiolo, D.O.C.G.

This red grape is most often associated with Piedmont, where it becomes DOCG Barolo and Barbaresco, among others. Its name comes from Italian for “fog,” which descends over the region at harvest. The fruit also gains a foggy white veil when mature.