2016 Tintero Barbaresco
Aromatic, well-structured, and approachable, this Barbaresco is only made in exceptional vintages. The fruit comes from the Balluri cru in Neive, and Marco gives it the all-traditional treatment—two years in large, neutral oak, no fining or filtration—to preserve Barbaresco’s best attributes: delicate floral overtones, baked-asphalt minerality, and a caressing elegance on the palate from start to finish. It can age for several years, but there is no need to wait.
NAME2016 Tintero Barbaresco
COUNTRY OF ORIGINItaly
ABOUT THE WINERY
n 1900 a Frenchman named Pierre Tintero set out for Piedmont in search of work. He found an opportunity to do odd jobs at a small estate where widow Rosina Cortese was struggling to handle all the work herself. Pierre, called “Pietrin” by the locals, quickly became a vital part of the estate and also fell in love with the widow, whom he married two years later. The couple continued to work the vines together and bottled their own Dolcetto for the first time just as war fell in 1914. Years later their grandson would find a stash of this vintage hidden within the walls of the cellar, certainly a precaution against ransacking troops who passed through the area.
Pietrin and Rosina’s two sons, Giovanni and Carlo, eventually took over the estate and expanded it by purchasing adjacent vineyard plots. Moscato was just a tiny part of their production since it is only practical to produce it in large quantities, but after the Second World War giants Cinzano and Martini began producing the wine, so the brothers planted more of the variety to sell to these negociants while they continued bottling their still wines themselves. It was not until the 1980s that Carlo’s son Elvio began experimenting with the challenging process of frizzante wine production, allowing the family to take advantage of the grape’s special affinity to the local terroir. Elvio has now handed the reins over to the next generation, but he continues to help his son Marco and daughter-in-law Cinzia run the estate.