2016 Michele Chiarlo Barbaresco Reyna

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Wine Critic Reviews for 2016 Michele Chiarlo Barbaresco Reyna

This opens with earthy aromas of leather, forest floor, game and balsamic notes of camphor. The elegant, taut palate evokes dried cherry, cranberry, fennel and tobacco alongside tightly knit tannins and vibrant acidity. Give it time to fully develop. Drink 2024–2036.

Wine Enthusiast | 94 WE
A ripe and fruity red with plum and berry aromas and flavors. Lots of citrus rind and cherries. Full body, round and velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. Drink from 2022.

James Suckling | 93 JS
The 2016 Barbaresco Reyna represents a blend of fruit from various vineyard sites. The Michele Chiarlo estate owns seven hectares of Nebbiolo in Barbaresco, and this wine is conceived as an expression of a grape, rather than any one particular vineyard site. In fact, the wine is classic Barbaresco, with fine fruit flavors followed by slightly more accessible or silky tannin (when compared to Barolo), making it a great pairing with a grilled sirloin.

Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 92 RP
Menthol and eucalyptus aromas and flavors mark this intense red, picking up cherry, plum and sweet spice notes as this builds to a lingering finish. Dusty tannins and a cocoa accent line the aftertaste. Best from 2023 through 2036. 2,000 cases made, 500 cases imported.

Wine Spectator | 92 WS

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Vintage 2016
Color Red
Country Italy: What are the first things that come to mind when thinking about Italy and Italian culture? There's one thing that nearly everyone tends to mention, it's the food - and where there's fine food, there is almost always fine wine. Italy is the most prolific wine region in the world, outclassing even France in terms of production quantity. Even if you're a complete wine novice, you have almost certainly heard of names such as Barolo and Barbaresco, Italy's most famous wine styles. When it comes to soil composition and other geographical characteristics, Italy offers a lot of diversity, and this never fails to show in the wines themselves.
Producer Michele Chiarlo
Rating 94 WE
Region Piedmont: Italian culture values the unbreakable bond we share with family and very few things showcase that connection quite like a shared meal. Therefore, it's only natural that wine would also take its place as an important cultural aspect. Fine Italian produce always goes well with a variety of dishes, and that makes these wines an incredibly popular choice among wine enthusiasts who appreciate a good get-together. The foothills of the Alps help define this region's significantly colder, continental winter climate, but during the summer, the conditions are similar to the region of Burgundy. Flavor-wise, this region has a mind-boggling variety to offer. Not only is there a healthy selection of approved grapes to work with, but the soil often varies from estate to estate, letting every wine stand out. Expect to encounter powerful notes of rose petal flavor, spices, cherries, dried herbs, anise, and many more. Every bottle has a story to tell. Those of you with a tendency to hoard and collect fine wines will be especially intrigued, as Piedmont wines tend to mature extremely well, developing nuance and becoming more and more delicious as time goes on.
Type of Wine Barbaresco: A good Barbaresco traditionally conjures a perfume of powerful floral aroma, and massages your tastebuds with gentle violets and roses creating a juicy burst of cherry and truffle. If you decide to let the wine age, it can develop smokey, earthy notes that round out the experience beautifully. No one is left indifferent after tasting one of these masterpieces, we can assure you of that.
Varietal Nebbiolo
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