Bruno Rocca

Piemonte, piemonte Italy

Bruno Rocca took charge of the family business when his father died in 1978. Previously, Bruno had been working at Ferrero Rocher in Alba, because the family farm could not support more than one family by selling its grapes. Bruno started bottling the wine and soon established a name for himself as one of the finest producers in Barbaresco, thanks in no small part to his vineyards on the prized hill of Rabajà. Today, Bruno runs the estate with daughter Luisa and son Francesco. Total production is around 65,000 bottles.

Stylistically, Bruno is a consummate modernist, making wines (from his now 15 hectares of vineyard) with great intensity of fruit while retaining the structure and elegance of the Langhe at its best.

Anyone who thinks that Barbaresco is lighter and more 'feminine' (as the old books say) than Barolo should try Bruno's wines. Due to low yields from a fabled slope like Rabajà, the wine has a wonderful intensity and balance. Their two single vineyard wines are from the 'Rabajà' and the ‘Currà’ Crus. They are approachable yet elegant and, while drinking well now, are capable of ageing beautifully over the next decade. Their most recently released wines are the Barbaresco Riserva 'Currà' and the Barbaresco Riserva ‘Rabajà’, both produced from a strict selection of grapes from the Crus. They are an ode to Nebbiolo, with the elegance and finesse that are Bruno Rocca’s signature.

The Barbera d'Asti grapes come from one of the vineyards that Bruno bought recently in Vinchio, which is one of the best areas for the variety. His Barbera d'Alba, made from 50-year-old vines, is complex and structured. The grapes for his Barbaresco come from younger vineyards, some of which are on sandier soil, resulting in a wine that is more forward and perfumed. It is superb for drinking now.


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