The 2015 Barbaresco Costa Russi is once again striking in 2015. Vertical and lifted, with tremendous energy, the 2015 has so much to offer. Once the most easygoing of the three Barbaresco crus, Costa Russi has inched up in quality in recent years. The 2015 shows the suave mid-palate and raciness that is so typical of this wine, and yet it also has much more obvious structural underpinnings than once was the case. I can’t wait to see how it ages.
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2045
Delicate red fruit and violet scent. Curiously intense nose, with concentrated aromas yet a sense of lightness and lift. On the palate there’s dark chocolate, fig, coffee and toasted piquant spices. Really fine, sculpted tannin. Finishes with bitter black-olive notes. (RH)
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2035
Robert Parker 93
“The 2015 Barbaresco Costa Russi was about to be bottled before I tasted it. Like the other wines from this warm vintage, you are treated to extra plushness and roundness with dark berry fruit intensity. This wine also offers unexpected mineral tones that come off as crushed oyster shell and talc powder. These add to the drying, almost nervous, tension you feel in the mouth.”
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2040