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What are you drinking? Aldo Vacca, Produttori del Barbaresco

April 17, 2012 |  3:27 pm

Duccio 1 (1 of 1)I caught up with Aldo Vacca, director of Produttori del Barbaresco as he made a quick trip to Los Angeles on the way to San Francisco and Portland. It had been raining for the past few days in northern Italy and he was happy to see some sunshine. 

Of course, Vacca drinks Piedmontese wines when he’s at home, and traveling for the Produttori, he pours their Barbaresco, both the straight Barbaresco and the single vineyards. But here in L.A., he seeks out California wine. 

This trip, he was impressed with Kalin Cellars 1997 "Potter Valley" Sauvignon Blanc. Yes, you read that date right: it's Kalin's latest release.

“The wine is aging beautifully,” Vacca says. “It has a nice honeyed character, but at the same time it’s very minerally. I like, too, that it’s not overly sweet or overly oaked, and then very dry on the finish. Very elegant. Very balanced.”  


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Photos: Aldo Vacca. Credit: S. Irene Virbila/Los Angeles Times