Tenuta Carretta, Barbaresco Riserva (Piedmont, Italy) Cascina Bordino 2016

($55):  Like Garassino, the Cascina Bordino vineyard is in the Treiso portion of the Barbaresco DOCG.  As much as I liked Carretta’s 2017 Garassino, the stature of the vintage stands out in this 2016 Riserva.  It delivers richness and depth — more power — without losing any elegance.  Tannins here are more apparent than in the 2017 Garassino, as you would expect both from the vintage and the Riserva designation.  Consequently, the Cascino Bordino needs substantially more bottle age, which is fine because there are plenty of others in the Carretta stable that are lovely to drink now.
94 Michael Apstein Aug 9, 2022