The following statement was sent just moments ago to VinoWire editor Franco Ziliani by the Barolo, Barbaresco, Langhe, and Roero Producers Association, and the Barbaresco and Barolo Producers Associations, and was signed by the organizations respective presidents, Claudio Rosso, Giancarlo Montaldo, and Renata Salvano. The press release “responds” to reports by Decanter.com and JancisRobinson.com that Bruno Giacosa has decided not to bottle his 2006 Barbaresco and Barolo. Translation by VinoWire.
In response to certain articles published over recent weeks by the international press, in which the quality of the 2006 vintage of Barbaresco and Barolo has been questioned, the Consortium of Barolo, Barbaresco, Alba, Langhe, and Roero [producers], and the Barbaresco and Barolo Regional Wine Cellars [Enoteche Regionali], would like to clarify any possible misunderstandings: an overwhelming majority of producers of these wines and consumers of 2006 Barbaresco (which has been on the market since January 2009), maintains that the 2006 vintage should solidly be considered a very good one, with points of excellence.
The 2006 Barolo is still aging in the [producers’s] cellars, in its third year of obligatory aging. But enologists have expressed their positive impressions of this Nebbiolo, which is on its way to becoming Barolo.
The 2006 Barbaresco has already been appreciated by the public on multiple occasions, including the recent debut at the Barbaresco a Tavola event, which took place on three consecutive Fridays (the 15th, 22nd, and 29th) in the month of May, in thirteen restaurants in the area of production.
In order to underline further the strong quality of the 2006 vintage, for both Barbaresco and Barolo, we would like to revisit the salient moments of the climatic evolution of the vintage.
The 2005-2006 winter brought good snowy rainfall but the spring was light with rain, thus creating the risk of water shortages, which were then recovered by the rainy climate of the second half of June.
The summer began with rainstorms but then dry weather returned, with a July hotter than most in recent memory. Mid-August brought back rainfall and cooler temperatures, thus putting an end to the early ripening of the previous month.
The month of September — typically crucial for the definitive consolidation of quality of Nebbiolo for these two wines — delivered a very favorable climatic situation, with ventilated warmth during the day and cool temperatures during the night, which allowed for proper ripening of the bunches.
The rainfall that occurred between September 24 and 26 did not create any problems in the quality of the grapes. At most, they made for a brief interruption in harvest, which ended, nonetheless, with [growers] generally satisfied.
The 2006 vintage was, therefore, a vintage with normal rhythms, with a harvest of healthy Nebbiolo excellent in quality, which took place between the end of September and the beginning of October.
As far as both Barbaresco and Barolo are concerned, the 2006 vintage shows great structure, with full body and roundness, thus allowing even young Barbaresco and Barolo to offer velvety elegance. Its granite color is intense, marked often by ruby reflections. Ample aromas, with clean hints of fruit together with early spicy notes. In the mouth, the wine is full-bodied, with lingering flavor.