The “grand” Barbaresco cuvée of the estate, the grapes come from the “Ronchi” vineyard (named after the Ronchi family that owns the estate). The vines are 30-40 years old, and the vineyard is located at the top of the hillside, with an elevation of nearly 1,000 feet above sea level.
In the glass, this wine is has good balance of both power and elegance. While this wine drinks beautifully now, the tannic structure also indicates a good aging potential. On the nose, there are complex aromas of black cherries, red currants, violets, rose petals, licorice, tobacco, leather, and hints of truffles.
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.