Delicate and harmonious in certain respects, and powerful and robust in others, this is a demanding, complex, elegant wine. Its grandeur shows through already just a few months after bottling, and gradually increases as the flowery aromas of its youth give way to ethereal spices, chocolate and truffle.
Pairing suggestions: red meats, also richly-cooked braised meats game cheese.
"This is very raisiny, almost meaty, with an ultrarich nose. Full-bodied, showing sultana and dried flowers on the palate, with chewy tannins. Very long and powerful on the finish. Almost Port-like. Hints of vanilla and sultana. A top Bricco Rocche. Best after 2012. 600 cases made."
"This excellent Barolo from Ceretto’s Bricco Rocche estate represents a perfect marriage between grape and winemaking. The integrity of the fruit is there—plush, round, intense—and is supported by oak-driven notes of vanilla, cinnamon, cigar box and ground ginger. In the mouth, it tastes smooth and supple and offers long-lasting intensity."
"Deep crimson-garnet hue. Pretty bouquet of red fruit, dried orange peel and rose petal with a whiff of mineral. Displays an arresting integration of well-focused red fruit flavors, floral notes and minerality bolstered by perfectly balanced acidity. Crisp yet generous with vibrant spice and mineral nuances that slowly fade in the long, appealing finish."
The Wine News
"Bricco Rocche is one of the benchmark wines of Barolo, introduced in 1982 by Bruno and Marcello Ceretto. The '04 is youthful and expressive on release, its sleek texture a veil hiding the wine's depth and power. The structure becomes more apparent with air, melding earthy tannins and brisk acidity gleaned from Bricco Rocche's mixed clay soils and 1,100-foot elevation. It feels elegant, with lasting flavors of dark earth, orange zest and red plum. Built for the cellar, this will age gracefully for a decade or more."
Wine & Spirits
"The estate's 2004 Barolo Bricco Rocche reveals an expansive, generous personality. Macerated cherries, spices, vanilla, tar and smoke develop as this pretty, sumptuous wine opens in the glass. Silky tannins and a resonating note of sweetness from the oak carry through to the long finish."
The Wine Advocate