Vietti Barolo Rocche 2006
Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Ruby red in color. Complex and full-bodied
with intense aromas of dried roses, liquorice, spice and
truffles. Elegant with strong, yet balanced tannins.
"The 2006 Barolo Rocche shows incredible definition in detail in its perfumed, floral personality. The 2006 is not as explosive as the 2004 was at this stage, but it is eerily reminiscent of the 1989 in its sweet, Pinot-like fruit. With time in the glass, the fruit gains even more clarity while the bouquet blossoms with incredible grace, all supported by ultra-fine, silky tannins. Today the Rocche is soft and relatively accessible, but it is sure to firm up in bottle. In 2006 the Rocche saw 30 days of maceration on the skins and was aged predominantly in cask with a brief spell in French oak in between for the malolactic fermentation, a blend of traditional and modern approaches that has yielded phenomenal results here. Of course, everything starts in the vineyard, and Vietti’s commitment to low yields means that they are among the first growers to harvest in most vintages. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2031."
The Wine Advocate
"Good deep red. Classic perfumed Barolo nose combines redcurrant, cherry, dried flowers and brown spices, with a brooding medicinal element adding complexity. Then deep, chewy and sweet, showing an utterly seamless, silky texture and captivating minerality. This has the suavity of texture of a grand cru, and even more flesh to buffer its round tannins than the 2005 bottling. The whiplash of a finish is like a second-stage booster rocket. This one really calls for, and will reward, extended cellaring. (Incidentally, my early look at the 2007 version suggests that this vintage will be in the same quality league as the 2006 and 2005, as this wine showed an ineffable orange peel note and terrific length and perfume.
International Wine Cellar
"Rocche Barolo is another homerun for Vietti. You’ll fall in love with the wine’s rich intensity and the ensuing complexity that becomes apparent as the wine spends more time in the glass. Thanks to a continuing evolution, you’ll recognize aromas of wild berry, smoke, crushed stone, licorice, cola and mesquite. The tannins are silky and smooth. Hold ten years or more."
"This ripe red has all the components in the right proportions, bursting with sweet black cherry, plum and chocolate flavors that are backed by dense tannins. Needs time to integrate and develop aromatically. Best from 2014 through 2033."
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The history of the Vietti winery traces its roots back to the 19th Century. Only at the beginning of the 20th century, however, did the Vietti name become a winery offering its own wines in bottle.
Patriarch Mario Vietti, starting from 1919 made the first Vietti wines, selling most of the production in Italy. His most significant achievement was to transform the family farm,...
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Learn About Piedmont
(PEED-mont) Piedmont is located in the Northwest area of Italy, hugging the Mediterranean coast. The regional capital, Turin, is situated smack in the middle of the province. Being close to the alps, the area enjoys a high altitude, with the best vineyards benefiting from the hills and elevation. Known for its famous sub-districts, Piedmont delivers some of the most...
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Learn About Nebbiolo
The King of Piedmont
Nebbiolo is the key grape in the wines of Barolo and Barbaresco. It is not the
most planted variety, but it does make the most distinctive and age-worthy wines. Native to
Nebbiolo is a bit of a soil snob - it's finicky about where it grows and has
long been the honored red grape of Northern Italy...
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