Albino Rocca - Barbaresco 2019
Four generations of the Rocca family have been crafting exceptional wine in Barbaresco since the 1940's, when Giacomo Rocca began bottling his wine in demijohns. In the 1960's, his son, Albino, expanded the vineyard holdings of the family and founded the eponymous estate. His hard work, combined with that of his son, Angelo, grew Albino Rocca into an estate of international acclaim. Today, Albino Rocca is constantly searching for new ways to improve in the vineyard and the cellar, while also maintaining their deep roots of quality andd terroir expression of the region. The family has vines in some of the most prestigious Crus of Barbaresco: Ronchi, Ovello, Montersino and Cottà. The estate was awarded the "Green Experience", an accreditation that highlights natural agricultural techniques, conservation of the environment and encouragement of biodiversity. The estate uses no herbicides, pesticides or additives in the vineyard or the cellar.
The Albino Rocca Barbaresco Normale is a blend of fruit from the Ronchi, Ovello and Montersino Cru vineyards. Made from 100% Nebbiolo, the grapes are fermented in stainless steel then aged in large German and Austrian oak casks for two years, resulting in a clean, pure and refined expression of Barbaresco. In the glass, the wine pours a brilliant light ruby color with tawny highlights. The nose is hauntingly aromatic, emitting pristine aromas of red cherry, raspberry and ripe strawberry all underpinned by a delicate combination of spice and floral notes that effortlessly waft from the glass. Layered and elegant on the palate, the wine showcases loads of soft, satin tannins perfectly balanced by a brisk acidity and concentrated fruit flavors that deliver power and refreshment. The finish is stunning, delivering layer upon layer of complex flavors with incredible panache and depth. This is a stellar Barbarsco Normale crafted by a small, dedicated family that puts their hear and soul into every bottle they produce. A beautiful wine to drink now or over the next 5-10 years.