From vines as old as forty years, this wine is a garnet red color, while the nose develops with aromas of black cherries, red currants, violets, rose petals, licorice, and tobacco. On the palate, the fruit flavors echo the nose, along with notes of spice and well-integrated tannins.
About this wine producer: The "Ronchi" Cru is a natural amphitheater which captures the sun, and allows for complete ripening of Nebbiolo. For over four generations, Giancarlo Rocca's family has lived, literally, within the vineyard. His great-grandfather, Rocca Carlo, purchased a few hectares of the Ronchi long before anyone was bottling independently. The grapes were sold to larger wineries until the mid 1950's. The family now has about 10 acres of Nebbiolo which average about 35 years-old. There are smaller plantings of Arneis, Barbera, Freisa, and Chardonnay nearby. Farming is sustainable, with no herbicides or pesticides - particularly helpful since the family's home is in the vineyard. All varieties are hand-harvested, destemmed, and fermented in steel. The Barbaresco is aged in Slavonian oak, mixing large "botti" with smaller barrels. The finished wines are bottled unfiltered, and unfined.