92 Wine Advocate -Ã‚Â The 2018 Barbaresco Pora opens to a lean garnet appearance and aromas that are especially expressive and direct in this classic vintage. There is wild rose and crushed lilac, and you might also recognize some toasted hazelnut and tilled earth. All of these characteristics remain faithfully elegant and contained. They add to the graceful, almost understated personality of this release of about 12,000 bottles.
Barbaresco Ã¢â‚¬Å“PoraÃ¢â‚¬Â is a very expressive and grand wine: starting with the color, a red garnet decidedly intact and pure without wavering; the scent is ethereal, very rich in fragrant scents such as cherries, raspberries and wild strawberries along with hints of dried flowers. The next flavors to arrive are spiced with cinnamon and vanilla. The flavor is consistent: full bodied, intense, enveloping and with fine mature tannins.An important wine wanted to be accompanied by important dishes.
For this, Barbaresco Ã¢â‚¬Å“PoraÃ¢â‚¬Â is a classic wine red meat. Traditionally it was approached with a preference for game meat, today itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s complexity and fullness do well with all red meat cooked in various ways, from roasts, stews and braised local cuisine as well as international dishes. With the passage of time and the maturation of the wine, Barbaresco does not always need a gastronomic pairing, but can be enjoyed by itself that articulates thoughts and emotions. A wine of meditation.
The Musso winery was founded in 1929 and coincides with one of the most critical moments of the Italian economy and the world, the year of the Ã¢â‚¬Å“Great DepressionÃ¢â‚¬Â, that brought down myths and structures that seemed invincible. In those years it was difficult just to manage everyday life and to pool resources for survival.
Yet, Sebastiano Musso, born in 1906, did not lose heart. Even with being left alone at a young age from the untimely death of his father, he found the strength to fight back and establish a small winery in Barbaresco .
He didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have a lot of ground, only Ã¢â‚¬Å“3 giornata piemonteseÃ¢â‚¬Â (a little more than one hectare, 2.62 giornata equal 1 hectare) one in the locality of Cavanna and one on the hillside of Ronchi . It was small, but enough to start . While he continued the work of the family, cultivating the vineyards, he started producing his own wine.
ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been more than eighty years since 1929 when Sebastiano Musso decided to dedicate his life to this winery. It was not in vain. Today, the winery is solid, the vineyards space has increased in size, the winery is equipped and efficient along with a dynamic and international market and an image of quality and prestige.