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1997 Albino Rocca Barbaresco Vigneto Brich Ronchi

Light label condition issue

ITEM 8563894 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine storage unit

Bidder Amount Total
$100
Item Sold Amount Date
I8602809 1 $90 Dec 25, 2022
I8410699 1 $100 Aug 28, 2022
I8375886 1 $96 Aug 14, 2022
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RATINGS

3 BicchieriGambero Rosso

...bouquet of ripe mulberry & cassis over tobacco leaf & toastiness...impressive power & concentration on the well-sustained palate, which reveals good breadth as it progresses through to a long, well-defined finish of fruit and cocoa...

97Robert M. Parker Jr.

In the mouth, its viscous texture, low acidity, and overripe Nebbiolo characteristics provide remarkable intensity, and extraordinary flavor richness with notes of blackberries, cherries, coffee, smoke, licorice, and earth.

93Stephen Tanzer

91Wine Spectator

Dark brick red. Full-bodied, soft and velvety, with lots of ripe fruit, meat and chocolate character. Just right...

PRODUCER

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.”

REGION

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.

TYPE

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.