The Rocca family originates from Barbaresco. Bruno Rocca took charge of the family...
business when his father died in 1978, and decided that all the wine produced by the estate would from then on be sold in bottle. The family now has 15 hectares of vineyards. Stylistically, Bruno is a consummate modernist, making wines with great intensity of fruit while retaining the structure and elegance of the Langhe at its best. He was inspired to look at Asti for a Barbera for the reason that, whereas the best sites in Alba are planted with Nebbiolo, the best vineyards in the Monferrato grow Barbera, and therefore have the quality potential he is looking for.
The Nebbiolo grapes for this wine come from younger vines, grown predominantly in Neive, in the commune lying in the north-east hills of Barbaresco village. 20-30% of the fruit is grown in Treiso and Barbaresco. The soil originates from the Tertiary Period or the Cenozoic Era of nearly 70 million years ago and is rich in limestone and micronutrients ideal for growing Nebbiolo. The Neive vineyard is particularly sandy and tufaceous, creating full-bodied wines with firm tannins.
A wet spring led to pressure from fungal diseases, but dry, cool weather in August set the tone for September, which saw sunny dry days matched with unusually cold nights. An exceptional harvest followed a long ripening period. The wines from 2013 have less concentration and lower alcohol content than other years, but more fruit, with richer aromas.
Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at temperatures of around 30ºC and lasted seven days. 50% of the wine was then transferred into new French oak barrels (Allier, medium toast), and the remaining 50% was placed into old French oak barriques. The wine was matured for 18 months and then spent 12 months in bottle before release.
Intense garnet in the glass. Very fruity aromas of blackberries, wild black cherries and plums mingle with subtle rose and violet characters, with hints of spice. Warm and elegant, the long lasting flavours finish with a hint of cocoa.
|Grape varieties||100% Nebbiolo|
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