2011 Ugo Lequio "Gallina" Barbaresco SKU #1208559


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  • Jim Boyce
    By: Jim Boyce
    K&L Staff Member
    I will echo my fellow colleagues reviews below as well as the professional reviews above: this is incredible Nebbiolo that is surprisingly approachable now! Cherry fruit, new leather, earth, tar, violet, rose, and tobacco and all present in this complex offering. Decant now, or lay down for years to come.
  • Mike Parres
    By: Mike Parres
    K&L Staff Member
    I love the 2011 Piemontese wines; they are amazing values. The wine’s perfume is pure Nebbiolo: raspberry fruit and dried rose petals with a touch of tobacco and lots of cedar, bursting with sweet fruit, tar, minerals, displaying outstanding depth and fine overall balance. This wine will drink well now and over the next few years, best with the heartiest meats or stews. Better yet, serve after dinner with some great aged cheeses (Pecorino Romano, Parmigiano-Reggiano or Asiago) and an olive tapenade.
  • Jim Barr
    By: Jim Barr
    K&L Staff Member
    Many of you who know me also know how I feel about Nebbiolo (in particular, Barolo and Barbaresco). I find the wines from Barolo and Barbaresco to possess way too much tannin, especially when they are infants. I think of the several hundred of cases of wine that I have in my temperature controlled wine room, I can count on one hand how many Barolos and Barbarescos that I have in that vast collection. Well, that is about to change! This Gem was unbelievably great at our last staff tasting of Italian wines (June 9th) and, after Rusty tried it too, I was ordered to bring home several cases. Medium-deep ruby in color, the nose is opulent and pronounced with blackberry, dry rose petals, and dusty mineral characteristics. In the mouth, this Gem gives forth a broad, rich, sweet core of fruit, that is deep, concentrated, and well integrated. Perfectly balanced and with excellent structure and acid backbone, the finish is long and warm. This has to be one of the most complex young wines that that I have ever tasted. Don’t miss it – it is a Great Value! ***** 15.0% *****
    Drink from 2020 to 2035
  • Jeff Garneau
    By: Jeff Garneau
    K&L Staff Member
    While I love Nebbiolo on a personal level, from a professional standpoint it's often difficult to explain its appeal to those new to Italian wine. Great Barolo or Barbaresco is not only frequently expensive, it is usually tannic enough in its youth to discourage early consumption, requiring patience and time in the cellar to be at its best. What a delight then to discover the 2011 Ugo Lequio "Gallina" Barbaresco. The riper 2011 vintage yielded a wine that is open and accessible in its youth without sacrificing varietal character. Wonderful concentration and depth here at a very reasonable price.
  • Jim Chanteloup
    By: Jim Chanteloup
    K&L Staff Member
    This is a terrific Barbaresco that is showing very well right now, and a great introduction to Nebbiolo if you’ve never tasted the grape. Lifted aromas of ripe dried cherry, leather, tar, bittersweet chocolate and a floral high note soar from the glass. On the palate there is a rich core of fruit supported by good acidity and framed by fine grained tannins that lead to a long persistent finish.
  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    K&L Staff Member
    This wonderfully aromatic and open Barbaresco is drinking great right now, with plenty of manly power for the richest Osso Bucco. The folks at Ugo Lequio have given us a wine with the classic tar and roses of the best wines of Piedmont and the length of the best wines anywhere. Don't miss the great Gallina- it will be nice to have a few extra for the years to come!
  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    K&L Staff Member
    This is one of the more approachable and drinkable bottles of Barbaresco I've ever tasted. It has all the classic Nebbiolo flavor but with a softer, juicier center and delicate tannic structure. It's THE bottle for date night at your local Italian place because you can open it without decanting and still enjoy the flavor. That's a huge reason why I DON'T take more Nebbiolo wines out to dinner, but with the Gallina it's not an issue. Fantastic stuff that really delivers for the price.
  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    K&L Staff Member
    The nose on this wine won me over from the first moment, it is bursting with high toned red fruits that reach out of the glass and envelope you. On closer examination the nose displays the classic rose petal and tar but layered behind the animated fruit. On the palate the wine shows a supple, luscious richness that is perfectly balanced with an energetic acidity and the requisite tannins, while segueing from the exuberant fruit it begins to display a more savory depth that slowly emerges in a long lasting finish. This wine is exhilarating to drink and will convert even the most novices of drinkers with its inviting freshness and fruit forwardness but savvy Nebbiolo drinkers will know the benefits of longer aging where that underlying savory character will marry with the stone and leather to create a truly magnificent experience. A truly outstanding wine.
    Drink from 2015 to 2031
  • Kyle Kurani
    By: Kyle Kurani
    K&L Staff Member
    A picturesque Barbaresco. This wine is full of life and energy, and is in the wonderful position of being perfectly drinkable right now, as well as prepared for ten years in the cellar. The nose greets you with wild raspberry, plum and hints of leather and spice. The palate is full of red cherry, notes of anise and leather, with a textural and rich mouth feel. The tannins provide a beautiful and firm framework with acidity to match, drink now with a little bit of air, or hold for the future.


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