Araldica 'Corsini', Barbaresco 2015
In a nutshell: Amazing value complex and rich Barbaresco that's matured nicely into its drinking window.
The lowdown: The Piedmontese wine region of Barbaresco is one of the most highly regarded in Italy and sits alongside its neighbour Barolo in producing the ultimate expressions of Nebbiolo wines. This fantastic value Barbaresco from the very good 2015 vintage is made from Nebbiolo grown in the three commumes of Treiso, Neive and Barbaresco, hand-harvested, and matured in traditional large Slavonian oak barrels for two years before bottling, where a further maturation period takes place before release. Wonderful typical lifted aromas of red berry fruit, black cherries and hints of violets and savoury spice. The palate is medium-bodied, smooth and enveloping with mild tannins, a depth to the dried cherry and plum fruit flavours, slight smoky notes and a long, rich finish.
When to drink: Drinking now though will keep for another 5 years or so. Works really well with grilled red meat, lamb in particular, or hearty stews that are typical of the region.