Produttori del Barbaresco 2009 Horizontal and More with Aldo Vacca
@ VINTAGES Adventures in Wine Store & il Casale Restaurant, Belmont, MA (6/12/2014)

This was an in-store tasting, followed by a dinner, organized by VINTAGES Adventures in Wine, an excellent wine store in Belmont, MA (with another store in West Concord, MA). Both the tasting and the dinner included a horizontal of most of the 2009 Produttori Barbarescos. The tasting was held at the store. The dinner was held a few doors down the street at il Casale Restaurant. The guest of honor for the evening was the managing director of the Produttori del Barbaresco, Aldo Vacca.

The food at il Casale was excellent and well-matched to the wines.

All the wines for the tasting were opened around 5pm. The tasting began at 6pm, but I arrived around 7pm. The dinner started around 8pm and lasted till 11pm.

This is the fourth Produttori dinner in which I have participated. The others can be found on the FWG Tasting Notes Page.

The Produttori del Barbaresco is a cooperative in the Commune of Barbaresco. You can find much more information about the winery and its wines at the Fine Wine Geek's Produttori page. Also, more detailed pictures of the bottles from this tasting.

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The In-Store Tasting

The wines were tasted in alphabetical order, except for the flight of 3 Rabajas at the end. This was a stand up tasting in the back of the store with Aldo doing most of the pouring, as well as answering questions.
VINTAGES Adventures in Wine. Aldo Vacca & the wines.

The Dinner Wines
All the 2009's from the in-store tasting were retasted at dinner. My notes on those wines are included above. Below are the additional wines opened for the tasting. As far as I know, these were all pop and pour.
I think 2009 is a good rather than great vintage for the Produttori. The quality is still good, in part due to smaller quantities being produced of many of the crus. My favorites of the 2009's were the Montestefano, the Pajé, and the Rabaja. The single vineyard wines from 2007, 2004 and 1999 showed better imo. Note that we did not get to taste the 2009 Riserva from Asili or Muncagota.

Notes posted from CellarTracker.

Dinner Pix

il Casale Restaurant, Belmont, MA.
Aldo Vacca of Produttori (center). To his right, Eric & Carolyn Broege,
owners of VINTAGES Adventures in Wine Store.
Carolyn Broege, Eric Broege, Aldo Vacca.
Lucy Bussell & Eric Broege of VINTAGES Wine Store
With a magnum of 1985 Produttori Barbaresco.
Group Shot.
Aldo chats with a guest.

Food Pix

The food at il Casale Restaurant was really good.
Polpette di Nonna (Grandma's meatballs) with tomato rag˙.
Burrata with Candied Pistachios & Sicilian Oregano.
Tomato Bruschetta: Crushed Cherry Tomatoes, Garlic, & Sicilian Oregano.
Arancini: Porcini Risotto Cakes with Mozzarella & Spicy Tomato Sauce.
Tagliatelle al Ragu Bolognese and Spaghetti alla Carbonara.
Pescato di Giornata.
Grilled Lamb Rack with Eggplant Caponata & Pine Nuts.
Wild Mushrooms.

Dessert Pix
Vanilla Panna Cotta with Strawberries, Balsalmic, & Basil.
Cheese Plate and a Cannoli.



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