Garnet in colour, this intensely perfumed wine has floral aromas of violets and rosehips, a hint of butter and red fruit notes of raspberry and cherry. These aromas follow onto the palate which is warm and mouth-filling, framed by broad Nebbiolo tannins that have been softened by the warm autumn. Elegant and long.
- Feature(s): Practising Organic, Sustainable, Vegan, Vegetarian
- Winemaker: Bruno and Francesco Rocca
- Alcohol (ABV): 14.5 %
- Acidity: 5.68 g/l
Purchased by Bruno Rocca's father, this vineyard is in the Rabajà Cru, in the village of Barbaresco. It was planted in 1964 and completed in 1978. The land planted solely with Nebbiolo has a south-westerly exposure and is a mixture of tufaceous clay, marl and limestone. The vineyard is steep and is situated at an altitude of about 300 metres above sea level. The vines are approximately 50-60 years old.
After a snowy winter, spring of 2015 was warm leading to early bud break. The summer was one of the hottest and driest of the last 20 years. The harvest started in the first part of September, around two weeks earlier than usual. The grapes harvested were very ripe and healthy. The weather during the harvest was consistently sunny and rather hot for September.
The grapes were hand harvested and selected in the vineyard. After harvest, the Nebbiolo grapes went through a second selection at the sorting table before they underwent fermentation in stainless-steel tanks for 20-25 days. The wine was aged in French oak barriques for 12 months, and then for another 12 months in larger French oak barrels. Finally, the wine spent 12 months in bottle before release.
Sommelier Wine Awards 2019
The Rocca family originates from Barbaresco. Bruno Rocca took charge of the family business when his father died in 1978, and decided that all the wine produced by the estate would from then on be sold in bottle. The family now has 15 hectares of vineyards. Stylistically, Bruno is a consummate modernist, making wines with great intensity of fruit while retaining the structure and elegance of the Langhe at its best.