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2018 Albino Rocca Barbaresco

2-bottle Lot

France Direct
Expected Arrival:
April, 2023
France Direct wines are sourced from individual cellars in France. They ship directly to our Napa warehouse each quarter.

ITEM 8557555 - Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased direct from winery

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I8654315 1 $80 Jan 22, 2023
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2018 Albino Rocca Barbaresco


95Wine Enthusiast

Ripe berry, blue flower and menthol aromas shape the nose. Full-bodied and enveloping, the savory palate offers mature black cherry, raspberry compote, licorice and a hint of mocha...fine-grained tannins...nicely balanced, with fresh acidity.

94Wine Spectator

A beam of pure cherry is the hallmark of this round, supple red. Floral, mint, mineral and tobacco notes add depth as this unfolds gracefully to a lingering finish. This is firmly structured, yet balanced, with an aftertaste of fruit and wild herbs, tar and a chalky feel.

90Vinous / IWC

Sweet tobacco, licorice, mint, dried flowers and rose petal... Silky tannins give the 2018 tons of up-front appeal and plenty of charm. This is beautifully done.

15.5Jancis Robinson

Balsamic herb-liqueur nose with not exactly an abundance of fruit. Firm tannins frame light, already developed fruit.


Albino Rocca

Albino Rocca is a 58-acre estate in Barbaresco, in Italy’s Piedmont region. It was founded in 1950 and is still owned by the son and grand-daughters of the founder. Angelo Rocca and his daughters make a portfolio of wines, including their flagship Barbarescos. They also produce Barbera, Dolcetto d’Alba and a few white wines, including Chardonnay. About 130,000 bottles are produced annually. Gambero Rosso, Italy’s leading wine journal, has written that Rocca “has achieved a consistent standard of excellent quality. His entire range of wines, from the whites to the Barbaresco cru selections, is a solid and reliable point of reference.”


Italy, Piedmont, Barbaresco

Barbaresco is one of the two most acclaimed DOCGs in Piedmont, the other being Barolo. Located just a few miles north of Barolo, Barbaresco is a small town of fewer than 700 people and 1,680 vineyard acres, making it less than half the size of the Barolo DOCG. The other communes in this DOCG of rolling hills are Neive and Treiso. As in Barolo, the DOCG requires that Barbaresco DOCG wines be 100% Nebbiolo, a grape thought of as the Pinot Noir of Italy. Records show that Nebbiolo was grown in the Piedmont as early as the 14th century, and despite being somewhat finicky – it is late to ripen and easily damaged by adverse weather --- Nebbiolo makes highly aromatic and powerful red wines. Until the mid-19th century Nebbiolos of Piedmont were vinified as sweet wines, though that ended in the late 19th century when a French oenologist was invited to Piedmont to show producers how to make dry reds. By the late 20th century respected producers were making outstanding Nebbiolos, as well as Nebbiolo blends that do not carry the DOCG label. Barbaresco was made a DOC in 1966 and upgraded to a DCOG in 1980. DOCG Barbaresco must be aged a minimum of two years, with a minimum of one year in wood. Barbarescos are regarded as more subtle and refined than Barolos, and more approachable when young.


Red Wine, Nebbiolo, D.O.C.G.

This red grape is most often associated with Piedmont, where it becomes DOCG Barolo and Barbaresco, among others. Its name comes from Italian for “fog,” which descends over the region at harvest. The fruit also gains a foggy white veil when mature.