Barbaresco Riserva `Rabajà`

Barbaresco

Bruno Rocca

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.

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Vineyards

The Nebbiolo grapes come from the Rabajà Cru in the village of Barbaresco. These vines were planted in the 1950s after a massal selection. The soil in this vineyard is particularly rich in limestone. The vineyard is steep and is situated at an altitude of about 300 metres above sea level.

Vintage Information

Spring 2013 was cool, with April and May also seeing a lot of rain. In June, the weather gradually improved and stabilised. Nebbiolo is the variety that benefited the most towards the end of the season, when it was able to enjoy the high temperatures recorded in September and October. These conditions were perfect for allowing it to develop its full phenolic profile that makes it stand out, and produce wines suited to ageing.

Vinification

The grapes were hand harvested and selected in the vineyard. Once in the winery, the fruit underwent a second selection on the sorting table. Fermentation took place in wooden casks for 25-30 days. The wine was matured in French oak casks for 24-36 months, and then spent 24 months in bottle before release.

Tasting Notes

In the glass, this Riserva is an intense ruby red with garnet reflections. The nose is enticing with a clear aroma of dark berry fruit that gives way to a spicy note of sweet tobacco. This wine is intense but superbly elegant.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2013
Grape varieties 100% Nebbiolo
Region Barbaresco, Piemonte
Winemaker Bruno and Francesco Rocca
Alcohol (ABV) 14.5%