Socre Barbaresco Roncaglie 2008
Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "The 2008 Barbaresco Roncaglie is a bit darker and richer than the straight bottling. The flavor profile of dark cherries, licorice and spices is quite similar to that wine, but the Roncaglie shows additional volume from the greater reliance on French oak and more textural richness. The aromas and flavors build towards the authoritative, powerful finish. This is a hugely impressive effort within the context of the year. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2022."
The birth of Socre occurred in 1871, when Marco Piacentino's great-grandfather Giovanni l'Alessandrino bought this land in Barbaresco. Every since Socre initially sold it's grapes to private citizens of Barbaresco and various wine cellars in the Barbaresco zone, and only produced a small percentage of wine for family consumption. In 1999 all of this came to an end when Marco decided to gradually increase the amount of grapes used for wine production and invest in equipment and machinery for his own bottling.
The decision to expand does not stop here. Rosella and Marco Piacentino have been enlarging the business also by planting new vines in the original vineyards in Barbaresco in the famous cru of Roncaglie. They have purchased other vineyards in Neviglie in Barbaresco and Cisterna d'Asti in Roero where they have planted Barbera, Croatina, Cabernet and Merlot.
Wines such as Croatina and Cisterna d'Asti were also a matter of interest and attention to Marco. Marco's idea is to keep local tradition alive in offering clients of Socre’ traditional varietals that offer a fresh alternative to the land's more renowned wines such as Barbera d'Alba, Barbera d'Asti, Langhe Nebbiolo and the raisined wine Camplongh, as well as a dry white wine called Via Nuova.
The vineyards of Socre in Barbaresco (about 3 hectares) are just below the wine cellar, and are the heart and soul of the estate. The land slopes downwards quite steeply, with western and southern exposure; the land's altitude is between 250 and 290m above sea level. The earth is mainly clayey, with a limestone base and sharp alkaline reaction.
The pride of Socre by far is again, the cru of Roncaglie Alto. As early as 1880, Roncaglie was already recognized as one of the best and most important areas for Barbaresco production, also mentioned in Lorenzo Fantini's fundamental publication on Viticulture and Oenology in the Province of Cuneo. Argilo-calcaire soils, perfect exposition (South and South-west), mild winds and great temperatures fluctuations, give rise to deep and elegant wines. The vineyards (with ages ranging rom 10 to 50 years) are planted with a density ranging from 4500 vines per ha up to 8000 vines per ha.
Roncaglie Alto is a very respected area just below the vineyard of the renowned Angelo Gaja vineyard called Sori' Tilden. Separating the two vineyards is the road from Alba before the hamlet of Tre Stelle bearing amazing views of the vineyards of Barbaresco. The vines of Roncaglie were planted in 1959 by Marco's grandfather Giovanni and are still bearing incredible fruit.
Guido Busatto has been brought in as the enologist in charge to help make the Socre a top player in the world of wines from the Le Langhe. Before this the Roncaglie cru has never taken advantage of how great this vineyard really is except for Angelo Gaja who has never named Roncaglie on his labels. Because of this, Roncaglie has not had the privilege in the past of displaying such honor on the front label by any estate. All this will change. The vineyards of Socre has huge potential in making world lass wines and this is exactly what Socre is capable of making…world class wines. View all Socre Wines
Notable FactsNot just regulated to red wine, Piedmont also produces some notable whites, particularly those near the district of Gavi and Asti. Gavi produces still white wine from the Cortese grape. The wine is dry with a crisp, citrus-like acidity – fairly neutral but pleasant. Arneis is another grape/wine made in the area, creating a fuller wine that displays some nuttiness in the aroma and taste. Asti is well known for its sparkling wine – in particular Asti Spumante and Moscato d'Asti. Asti Spumante is typically higher in alcohol, sweetness & fizziness, while its higher-class cousin, Mostcato d'Asti, contains lower alcohol levels, a few less bubbles, and a more restrained and delicate representation of Moscato fruit.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.