The vineyard of Rocche dell'Annunziata is historically considered the most important of the "Marcenasco" sub zone. Barolo Rocche is characterized by supreme elegance and a fine bouquet of rose and licorice.
Its color is garnet red. A delicate and persistent bouquet with traces of licorice and tobacco. Full flavored, warm and moderately tannic. An elegant and well-balanced wine.
A great wine for important dishes, red meats on the spit or grilled, game, "grande cuisine" white and red meat dishes and aged cheeses.
"This rich red delivers iron, medicinal herbs and plum flavors accented by raw meat notes. A steel structure of tannins lets you know that patience is required. Fine length, with a mineral aftertaste. Distinctive and muscular. Best from 2015 through 2035. 100 cases imported. "
"The 2006 Barolo Rocche is the most nuanced of these wines. Sweet, floral aromatics lead to a richly textured core of fruit that is supported by well-balanced French oak. This is a lighter, more refined style than the Conca, but the wine possesses an extra degree of finesse and elegance. The silky tannins for which this vineyard is so famous are in full evidence. Ratti gave the Rocche a year in French oak followed by a second year in larger Slovenian oak casks. Ratti’s 2006 Rocche is an exceptional Barolo in this vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2031."
The Wine Advocate
"Good medium red. Deep, complex aromas and flavors of blackberry, mocha and minerals, with a suggestion of almost liqueur-like ripeness leavened by a distinctly sappy quality. Broad and sweet but with excellent underlying structure. As youthfully backward as this is, it's pliant from the outset. Finishes with broad, sweet tannins and lovely persistence. Ratti notes that the crop level here was in the range of just 30 hectoliters per hectare: he told me he cut off virtually half of the clusters in the second half of August. These 2006s weigh in at about 14.5% alcohol.
International Wine Cellar