2016 Musso "Pora" Barbaresco

SKU #1419233 97 points Decanter

 Complex and invigorating raspberry, mint and liquorice nose. Fresh, silky attack with polished tannins, concentration and great depth of fruit. Structured, spicy, complex and long, this is outstanding and will age well. (SB)  (1/2019)

97 points Wine Enthusiast

 Editor's Choice: This has a lovely, alluring nose that evokes rose, iris, woodland berry, new leather and cake spice along with a whiff of camphor. It's focused and delicious, with juicy Marasca cherry, star anise, clove and mocha flavors framed in taut, fine-grained tannins and bright acidity. KO  (9/2019)


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By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/24/2019 | Send Email
The nose is a unique mix of sandalwood, forest fruit, and freshly cut leather. On the palate the wine has a real linear feel with focused fruit, a luxurious breadth and super fine grain tannins. The finish is long, balanced with a certain tension you can feel as if the wine is about to burst through its tannic boundaries. The purity that this wine shows is incredible, I hate to say polished because that generally denotes some “winemaking” features but this wine is just sensational. The vintage is spectacular but as wonderful as this wine is to drink now this is a cellar candidate, but if your neighbor offers to open his bottle definitely take them up on it!

By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/15/2019 | Send Email
Musso is a very small winery that has been producing outstanding Barbaresco for decades. Their approach is very traditional in style as they age their Barbarescos in large Slavonian oak casks. The Pora vineyard sits below the town of Barbaresco and although it is warm very early in the morning it is primarily breezy and humid throughout most days due to its proximity to the Tanaro river. Musso's "Pora" offers ample fruit with soft tannins and very open aromas of red berry fruits and dried florals. As a result it can be enjoyed when young but will also age gracefully.

By: Cameron Price | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/18/2019 | Send Email
This wine has got it all! Big supple fruit, clean bright acidity, gritty, mouth-coating tannins and a glorious almost chewy texture that makes this wine super interesting sip after sip. This would be a great wine to bring to dinner when you are stumped and one your compatriots are sure to enjoy. Nebbiolo has struck again!

By: James Bradshaw | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/18/2019 | Send Email
This is one of those rare wines where the nose alone is worth the price of admission. Elegant, subtle, and nuanced, it has all the characteristics I look for in a classic bottle of Barbaresco. Red fruits predominate and are graced with an excellent counterpoint of savory herbs, saddle leather, and exotic spice. Its tannins make a late appearance, adding grip and structure to an already very compelling wine. It will be hard to resist opening this 2016, but a few more years in the bottle will surely lift the Pora into an ethereal realm. It's hard to believe a wine so suavely sophisticated can be had for under $50. The value here is nothing short of astounding. This is one to buy by the case and visit again and again.

By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/18/2019 | Send Email
This is another example of the soaring heights you can expect from the 2016 vintage in Piedmont. There is great purity and focus in Musso's 2016 Pora, with juicy red fruits, brilliant acidity, and a carrying finish that is lined with fine but not overly chewy tannins. It is on the brighter and fresher side of the spectrum, but not lacking in depth all the same. This will be tough to resist young, but will age easily for 10 to 15 years if you can hide it away in a cool cellar. This is a first from Musso for me, and it left me impressed.

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Varietal:

Nebbiolo

- Tar and roses are the two descriptors most associated with this red grape grown, almost solely, in Italy's Piedmont, where it has achieved fame under the guises of the incredibly and age-worthy wines of Barolo and Barbaresco. Characterized by chewy tannins, high acidity, high-tone cherry and raspberry fruit and truffle aromas and flavors, Nebbiolo has rightfully earned its reputation. Sadly the late-ripening varietal is quite delicate and is prone to disease as well as damage by hail that frequently pelts the region. Outside of Barolo and Barbaresco, Nebbiolo is grown in the DOCs of Gattinara, Spanna and Ghemme. The Nebbiolos of the Nebbiolo d'Alba DOC in the southeastern part of Piedmont are generally lighter and more immediately approachable versions of the grape, aged for less time than Barolo and Barbaresco, which also makes them less expensive. Langhe Nebbiolos are generally made from declassified fruit from the aforementioned regions of Barolo, Barbaresco and Nebbiolo d'Alba.
Country:

Italy

- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world.
Sub-Region:

Piedmont

- Piedmont is in the Northwestern region of Italy, bordering France and Switzerland. Piedmont is predominantly a plain where the water flows from the Swiss and French Alps to form the headwaters of the Po river. The major wine producing areas are in the southern portion of the region in the hills known as the "Langhe". Here the people speak a dialect that is 1/3 French and 2/3 Italian that portrays their historical roots. Their cuisine is one of the most creative and interesting in Italy. Nebbiolo is the King grape here, producing Barolo and Barbaresco. In addition, the Barbera and Dolcetto are the workhorse grapes that produce the largest quantity of wine. Piedmont is predominantly a red wine producing area. There are a few whites made in Piedmont, and the Moscato grape produces a large volume of sweet, semi-sweet and sparkling wines as well.
Specific Appellation:

Barbaresco

- Barbaresco is a small village in Piedmont rising up out of the plain to sit in the Langhe hills. Here they produce a 100% Nebbiolo wine that takes its name from the village. Barbaresco is a serious wine of power and depth with an ability to age for multiple decades. Often thought of as the feminine version of Barolo, Barbaresco is a dramatically smaller region than its cousin. Barbaresco can only be produced within 1265 acres, and a maximum of 85,000 cases per year can be produced from the more than 500 growers. It is separated into four different communes of which three dominate, Barbaresco, Neive and Treiso. Angelo Gaja is perhaps one of the best known producers in the wine world, let alone Barbaresco, lives in the village. Recent technological and viticultural advances have made the wines more consistent, deeper in color and more flavorful. A wine of great perfume, the classic nose is "tar and roses", and complexity. Barbaresco is best served with roast meats, game birds or powerful cheese.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5