James Suckling: 96 pts
Robert Parker: 95 pts
Wine Spectator: 95 pts
In stockUnit size: 750, Region: Piedmont, Varietal: Nebbiolo, Country: Italy Vintage: 2013
Bricco Rocche, located in Castiglione Falletto, is one of the most spectacular sites for growing nebbiolo grapes in the Barolo DOCG zone. This perfectly exposed vineyard site is a monopole of the Ceretto family. While “bricco” refers to the “top of the hill” and is usually where the best exposures are found, “rocche” refers to the cliffs surrounding the vineyard.
Grapes are transported immediately to the winery, which sits directly above the vines at the summit of the hill. The final sorting is done by hand before the fruit goes to press. Only native yeasts are used during fermentation, which takes place in stainless steel. After malolactic conversion, the wine is left to refine for 12 months in small oak barrels of just under 300L capacity. It is then moved to large oak casks of at least 25HL for the remainder of it’s elevage.
This wine has a deep garnet color with crimson hues. Complex aromas of cherries, raisins, dried flowers, smoky vanilla, and cigar box are apparent on the nose while flavors of red fruits and sweet spices abound on the palate. This is a rich, full-bodied wine with velvety soft tannins and balanced acidity and a long, appealing finish.