|Varietal:||Croatina, Uva Rara, Ughetta|
|Region:||Italy / Lombardia / Oltrepo Pavese/ Broni|
What a cool bottle from Commendatore Maga! For those unfamiliar, Barbacarlo is a vineyard in Broni, Oltrepo Pavese owned solely by Lino Maga. The wine produced from it is an IGT blend of 50% Croatina, 30% Uva Rara and 20% Ughetta and hovers around 10,000 btls per year. It is a special wine, by a special man.
A little frizzante right upon opening the bottle – expected from Lino Maga, but a little less expected from 1980. Extremely fine nose which I can only describe as a noble peasant. Slightly elusive, rustic, yet fine and absolutely seamlessly integrated, with no signs of tertiary aromas. Some figs and candle, amid very subtle red fruit mixed with an earthy situation.
Mouthfeel and flavor are both very logical extrapolations of the nose with an addition of minerality which brings in an additional level of freshness. Fantastic in its uniqueness and absolute comfort within itself – no trying to impress you, not trying to appear more sophisticated than it is, but the spine and substance are so material that you do fall under its spell anyway.
Look out for a more detailed story of Commendatore Lino Maga and his wines later.