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Bruno Rocca Barbaresco 2010

Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
  • JS94
  • RP92
  • WS90
14.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Intense garnet red color. The nose is dense with fruit aromas, including, blackberries, black cherries and plums, plus overtones of slightly withered rose, violet petals and spices. Warm, and elegant; long lasting flavor with overtones confirming aromas perceived on the nose with a note of cocoa.

Critical Acclaim

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JS 94
James Suckling
Extremely aromatic with dried strawberries and roses. Full body with ultra-fine tannins and beautiful subtle fruit. Wonderful refined layers and character to this red. Better in 2017.
RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Bruno Rocca has done a terrific job with the 2012 Barbaresco. This base wine is slightly more approachable and simple in style, but it ultimately offers the trademark complexity and depth that you should expect from top-tier Barbaresco. In the case of the 2012 vintage, the wine is especially generous in terms of its aromatic intensity and integrity. Wet earth, dark fruit, plum and pressed roses rise from the bouquet. In the mouth, the wine feels tonic, tight and fresh.
WS 90
Wine Spectator
Round and fruity, this red features cherry, licorice and tar notes on a well-balanced frame, with a long and spicy finish. Surprisingly open, this shows the potential for mid-term aging. Drink now through 2022.
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Bruno Rocca

Bruno Rocca

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Bruno Rocca, Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
This small family owned vineyard is one of the top producers in Piedmonte is of the most importance. Since the early eighties more and more of the best Piedmonte producers have begun to make single-vineyard wines, and Bruno Rocca is one of the stars.

Barbaresco

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Often compared to Barolo but worthy of its own separate conversation, Barbaresco is home to the softer side of Nebbiolo. For a long time, consumers viewed Barbaresco as a more affordable alternative to the wines of neighboring Barolo, but advances in viticulture and resulting improvements in quality have allowed this region to build a superior reputation all its own. With a warmer, drier, and milder climate and compact, fertile soils, the wines here are powerful yet soft, fruit-forward, and elegantly perfumed. Barbaresco needs some time to mature before being ready to drink, but less so than Barolo, and the typical bottle is best enjoyed between five and 15 years from the harvest.

Barbaresco wines are highly aromatic and complexly flavored, with notes of rose petal, cherry, strawberry, violets, and spice. Bottle aging can add more savory characteristics of iron and tar, as well as dried orange peel. Four villages within the Barbaresco DOCG zone can produce Barbaresco: the actual village of Barbaresco, as well as Neive, Treiso and San Rocco Seno d'Elvio.

Nebbiolo

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Responsible for some of the most elegant and age-worthy wines in the world, Nebbiolo is the star variety of northern Italy’s Piedmont region. Grown throughout the area as well as in neighboring Valle d’Aosta and Valtellina, it is at its best in the Piedmontese villages of Barolo and Barbaresco. Nebbiolo is a finicky grape, and needs a very particular soil type in order to thrive. Outside of Italy, it often fails to show the captivating aromas for which it is so beloved, but some success has been achieved in parts of California.

In the Glass

Nebbiolo is an elegant variety with mouthwatering acidity and a compelling perfume of rose petals, violets, fresh tar, licorice, clay, and dried cherries. Light in color and body, Nebbiolo is a more powerful wine than one might expect, and its firm tannins typically need time to mellow. With age, it develops a velvety texture and a stunningly complex bouquet.

Perfect Pairings

Nebbiolo’s love affair with food starts in Piedmont, which is home to the Slow Food movement and some of Italy’s best produce. The region is famous for its white truffles and wild boar ragu, both of which make for excellent pairings with Nebbiolo.

Sommelier Secret

If you can’t afford to drink Barolo and Barbaresco every night, try the more wallet-friendly, earlier-drinking Langhe Nebbiolo or Nebbiolo d'Alba. Also search out the fine offerings of the nearby Roero region. North of the Langhe and Roero, find earthy and rustic versions of the variety (known here as “Spanna”) in Ghemme and Gattinara.

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