Bruno Rocca Barbaresco 2014

$108.99 per single bottle
Size: 750

About This Wine

Dense with fruit (blackberries, black cherries and plums), overtones of slightly withered rose and violet petals and spices. Warm, elegant and wrapping, long lasting flavour with overtones confirming aromas perceived on the nose with one note of cocoa.

Type Red Wine
Varietal(s) Nebbiolo
Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Brand Bruno Rocca
Vintage 2014

Wines of Piedmont

In the North-Western corner of Italy, with a backdrop of the visually stunning Alps, Piedmont is a great place to visit for wine tourism. It is also home to some of the most sought-after wines in the country.

Nebbiolo is the region’s most prestigious grape variety, a red variety not seen much in Australia. Wines made from this grape are powerful with remarkably high levels of tannins but a balancing acidity. The Piedmont region offers the grapes with a reliable autumn fog that provides a cooling effect which is particularly beneficial to the growth of Nebbiolo. This pre-harvest fog (“nebbia” in Italian) is actually where the grape’s name comes from. The fog is vital in that it prolongs the time spent on the vine and allows the grapes to achieve full ripeness.

The most famous examples of Nebbiolo come from the appellations (subregions) of Barolo and Barbaresco, known for their ability to age well, firm tannins and distinct smell of tar and roses. Barolo is a big tannic expression of Nebbiolo, while Barbaresco only about 15km away makes a more elegant style. Barolo wines are generally the more expensive of the two and are known to cellar for decades.

By volume however, Barbera is the most planted red grape in Piedmont. This grape makes a juicy, low tannin but high acidity easy-going red. Perhaps somewhat like a lighter style Shiraz.

While there are quite a few white varieties planted in the region, the most notable is Moscato d’Asti, made in a sparkling style in the Asti subregion.

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Robert Parker/Wine Advocate – Bruno Rocca is a master when it comes to achieving elegance and finesse with the Nebbiolo grape. The 2014 Barbaresco is a great example of this talent. The bouquet is subdued and even shy at first, but it opens slowly with impressive complexity and nuance. Many descriptors apply here including cassis, licorice, spice, white truffle and balsam herb. The mouthfeel exhibits extreme silkiness and grace. Give this wine a few more years of cellar age to flesh out further.

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