Let me tell you that Barbaresco and Barolo are two of my favorite places and if you ever get the chance to go there, do it. Alba is where you need to stay, it is just the quintessential trip to Italy, surrounded by the Alps, which are so important to the famous wines of both Barbaresco and Barolo as the breeze cools down the grapes and gives that all so important acidity. There is pedigree in these wines. In my opinion, there are wines and there are wines. I like to choose from the best vineyards with notoriety. And why ? Because of the consistency and the culture. These wines are meant to be drunk and then hopefully it will not be a one off occasion for the drinker. Hopefully he or she will come back and learn about the trajectory and previous vintages. Barbaresco is aged 2 years in large Slovenian oak casks which infuse less tannins. There is quite a lengthy maceration, but Nebbiolo needs that maceration. I have chosen a 2009 here because these wines need at least 10 years in order to fully understand them. Tar and aromas of wild rose petals are in abundance, plum and prune, along with some licorice and spice. But all in all super delicate and exceptional.