Barbaresco is an Italian wine made with Nebbiolo grape in the Piedmont region predominantly in the communes of Barbaresco, Treiso and Neive. The wine is often compared to Barolo, even called “Baby Barolo”, another Nebbiolo based wine from the Piedmont area. Although these wines share many similarities, there are some distinctive differences between them. Barbaresco wines must be aged for a minimum of two years (at least one year in oak) prior to release (for Barolo the aging period is a year longer) and the early tannins in Barbaresco are not as harsh as in Barolo. Well-made Barbaresco wines are expected to be aged for at least five to ten years after vintage before they are consumed and some of them drink well even after 20 years.
Varei Barbaresco 2011 offers a bouquet of violets, dark berries, aniseed, licorice, little tobacco and leather. Goes well with beef roast, veal, lamb and venison. Recommended serving temperature 16-17ºC.