Versio Barbaresco, 2013

Variety(ies):  Nebbiolo

Inspired by the philosophy of Bruno Giacosa (and Dante Scaglione), here is the first vintage of Barbaresco from the young and talented Francesco Versio.  This is Francesco's solo project when he isn't working as the winemaker at Bruno Giacosa.  Great pedigree for someone who assumed the role of winemaker at such a storied estate when he was only 25 years old.  Now 30 and working with Dante Scaglione, who consults to Bruno Giacosa, the team at Bruno Giacos is formidable.  So is the future of Francesco's Barbaresco project.

The 2013 is a blend from two small old vine sites that have been in his family for over 50 years.  The majority of the blend comes from San Cristoforo and the balance from Curra, both near Nieve.  The wine was on the skins for 35 days before it went into large 20HL botte.  The wine shows brilliant ruby reflections and dried/crushed flowers, fresh thyme, cherry and tobacco.  Great energy and acidity in this inaugural offering that finishes with telltale Nebbiolo tannins that suggest a nice long aging period ahead.  Only natural yeasts and a touch of sulfur at bottling.  This is a top effort from a producer who has enormous upside.  We are ecstatic to have established our relationship with Francesco right from the start.

Only 2500 bottles produced and we don't have very many.