Szabo’s VINTAGES Preview – July 22, 2017

Return of the Pergola, Soave Preview 2016, & Wines I Love (And You Might, Too)
By John Szabo, MS

John Szabo, MS

John Szabo, MS

So, you’ve read that vineyards on pergola are best suited to cheap bulk wine? It’s time to rewrite the textbook. Once shunned, the pergola Veronese, so emblematic of Italian viticulture, is making a comeback. In a separate report – The Pergola: A Return to Ancient Tradition in Soave – Sara d’Amato and I trace its history back to wild times, and explain why the system is fashionable again (spoiler alert: it’s for quality, not quantity). I’ve also listed my top Soaves from the 2016 vintage tasted at the annual Soave Preview in May, as well as some top back vintages currently floating around the market. And from the VINTAGES July 22nd release, themed around “wines you love” and “wines you should love”, I’ve selected a half-dozen reds that I love (and you might too) from Italy, France and Spain, a pair of cracking old world whites, and a tasty local rosé to round it all out.

Wines I Love and You Should Too

John Szabo’s July 22nd VINTAGES Buyer’s Guide: Red

Produttori del Barbaresco 2012 Barbaresco DOCG, Piedmont, Italy ($46.95) A really lovely wine here from the outstanding Barbaresco cooperative, so classically nebbiolo on the lighter, more floral and refined side of the appellation/variety. Tannins are so well-dialled here, fine-grained and elegant, and acids so well integrated. It’s hard to imagine a more immediately pleasing wine from this appellation, also with a classic range of floral, rose, tar and red fruit flavour. I could drink this all day (and night). Best 2017-2024.…

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