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Albino Rocca Barbaresco Brich Ronchi 2012

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This famous, limestone-rich, south-east facing Barbaresco cru runs along the southern belt of the appellation, near the town itself. The Rocca cellars are located on the top of this vineyard, just one of the reasons the site has become synonymous with the name Albino Rocca. The Ronchi is also the oldest and largest holding of the Estate, extending to almost 3 hectares. The Rocca's vines here are now aged between 50 and 70 years. It's a vineyard that offers an ideal combination of vine age, limestone soils and exposure, and produces perfumed wines rich in complexity and structure. As per the Barbaresco above, the Vigneto Ronchi is also raised in large Austrian oak botti for 20 months. The 2012 Ronchi is a layered, hedonistic Barbaresco; compact and muscular, yet seductive at the same time, with a flowing, pulpy texture. Waves of juicy cherry and blackberry fruit, are balanced by tangy acidity and fine tannins with complex, dark spice and anise notes woven throughout. It's early days that's for sure, but this is already beautiful drinking. 

"A purity of fruit in this red with dried-cherry, lemon and floral character. Full body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. Silky texture. Drink or hold." 92 points, James Suckling,

"The 2012 Barbaresco Ronchi is a bit more immediate than the Ovello, but with larger-grained tannins and more power, both of which give it that slight burliness that Barbarescos from Ronchi can sometimes show. Dark cherry, plum, smoke, licorice and game hit the palate in a muscular, deep Barbaresco with plenty of personality. In 2012, Rocca did not bottle their Ronchi Riserva; all the best fruit went into this bottling." 92 points, Antonio Galloni,, Dec 2015

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It’s easy to forget that Nebbiolo, produced from great sites and mature vines can be a wickedly seductive wine to drink young. The late Angelo Rocca was a master at reminding us of this fact. His wines – and now those of this daughters – are plump, textural, seductive Barbaresco’s that are surprisingly forward yet clearly have the stuffing and powdery tannins to age. All of the Rocca wines are from Estate vineyards and all are grown 100 percent within the boundaries of the Barbaresco region (even the Dolcetto, Barbera, Nebbiolo d'Alba and Moscato!).

When Angelo Rocca tragically passed away in 2012 in a light plane accident, Barbaresco lost one of its most distinguished growers. It also lost a wonderful person and a deeply respected member of the Piemontese community. Rocca was a grower operating at the peak of his powers and producing the most exciting, terroir-intense wines of his career. His three daughters (Daniela, Monica and Paola) along with Angelo’s cellarmaster (and son-in-law) Carlo are determined to continue this legacy and so far they have not missed a beat.

The Rocca’s efforts to continually improve the quality of all of their Estate’s wines, has resulted in some superb offerings over the last few vintages. All of the wines are aged in large, neutral botti and remain contemporary in the sense that they are ripe, pure and meticulously made, but instead of any distracting new oak character you have solely the wonderful dark cherry, floral and savoury structured personality of Nebbiolo in all its Piemontese glory. Albino Rocca’s wines are not only outstanding examples of Barbaresco writ large, they are also very fairly priced.

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Volume (ml)750ml
Winemaking PracticesMinimal Intervention
Vineyard PracticesMinimal Intervention
Product typeWine Red Nebbiolo

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