Albino Rocca Barbaresco 2013 (Piedmont, Italy) "...cherry, earth, tobacco..."
In addition to its classic source--a parcel of old vines in Meruzzano--Rocca's Barbaresco now takes in young vine fruit from three Barbaresco cru parcels: Ovello, Ronchi and Cottà, the latter rooted in the sandy soils of Neive. Since 2010, the Rocca's decision to allow a much longer maceration (now three weeks on skins), and to mature their wines exclusively in large Stockinger botti has paid obvious dividends, as has the choice to take the wines out of wood after 20 months (previously 24). This is again a lovely wine and a terrific value. The nose is already showing great aromatic charm--open and seductive--with a silky, fleshy palate crammed with forest fruits, licorice and spice. It's precociously open and the tannins are easy-going and fine. In other words, it's drinking pretty damn well.
"This is sleek and vibrant, with cherry, strawberry and floral flavors elevated by the taut structure. Tar, earth and tobacco notes add complexity, while the finish resonates gracefully. Should be ready soon. Best from 2018 through 2029." - 90 Points, Wine Spectator
"Subtle scents suggesting black-skinned fruit, iris, cake spice and a whiff of toast come together on this. The juicy, accessible palate doles out layers of fleshy berry, black cherry, cinnamon and nutmeg alongside soft, supple tannins." - 90 Points, Wine Enthusiast