Barbaresco is also made from the Nebbiolo grape, but is generally better balanced and a bit lighter than Barolo, with less tannin and more fruit. In great vintages, the wines possess intense jammy fruit, cedar, chocolate, and a touch of tar. Barbaresco’s vineyards are located northeast of Alba. Barbaresco emerges largely from the hillside vineyards surrounding the village of Barbaresco, with a significantly smaller vineyard area of 1,195 acres. Other important villages in the production of Barbaresco include Neive, Treiso, and Alba. Barbaresco has a shorter life span than Barolo, but the finest examples from great vintages can evolve for 20-30 years.
Villages of Barbaresco:
Barbaresco: The greatest and best-known vineyards around Barbaresco are Montefico, Montestefano, Secondine (known throughout the world under the Gaja bottling of Sori San Lorenzo), Rabaja, Martinenga (with the subplots of Gaiun and Camp Gros), and Asili. At the southern end of the village of Barbaresco, the finest vineyards are Rio Sordo, Sori Tilden, and Costa Russi (which are actually subplots of a vineyard called Roncaglie).
Neive: In and around the village of Neive (made famous by the great Bruno Giacosa) are the San Stefano, Serra Boella, Gallina, Starderi, and Versu Gallina vineyards.
Treiso: The smallest sub-section of Barbaresco is found in and around the village of Treiso. Some of the finest vineyards are Marcarini, Pajore, Ausario, and Vanotu.