BRUNO ROCCA BARBARESCO RABAJA 14

BRUNO ROCCA BARBARESCO RABAJA 14

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Nebbiolo 100%, coming from the Rabajà Cru, in the village of Barbaresco. The soil is clay with marl and limestone. The average age of the vines is around 50-60 years. This is an intensely perfumed red with aromas of rosehips and violets, leading to fruity red berry notes. The palate offers soft, broad tannins and an elegant, fruit-forward finish.

From Wine Advocate

Rating 95

Drink Date
2020 - 2045

Reviewed by
Monica Larner

This is a delightful cool-vintage Nebbiolo that promises a long aging future ahead. In fact, I bet this wine will prove more interesting as it evolves, compared to a warmer vintage such as 2015 (which I tasted beside this wine). The 2014 Barbaresco Rabajà is tightly bound and firm at its center. It shows fragrant tones of wild rose, cassis, crushed mineral and balsam herb at the edges. These delicate nuances should develop and take on more power as the wine moves though time. This vintage ends with a vein of fresh acidity that adds to the focused and tight youthfulness of the wine today.

Bruno Rocca and his family have a lot of news to report this year. They have consolidated their land holdings in the Currà cru to make a Barbaresco and a Barbaresco Riserva. The only other producer I can think of who makes a wine from Currà is Sottimano, so it's very nice to see such a strong new voice to emerge from this promising vineyard site. Bruno Rocca's line of Barbaresco Riservas is also new. I tasted two Riservas, one from Currà (the 2012 and 2013 vintages) and a second one from the more austere Rabajà vineyard (the 2013 vintage). Rabajà has been associated with the Rocca family for as long as I can remember. Currà produces soft, velvety and generous fruit tones, whereas Rabajà has produced some of the most age-worthy wines in the Barbaresco appellation. These expressions take longer to evolve in the bottle. You might remember Bruno Rocca's Barbaresco Coparossa? It was a blend of fruit from various sites, including San Cristoforo and Pajore. Coparossa is now discontinued, but the estate's top-shelf selection, the Barbaresco Maria Adelaide, will continue to be produced. Maria Adelaide is dedicated to Bruno Rocca's mother who drank one glass of her son's Barbaresco each and every day. The next vintage of Maria Adelaide will be 2013, and we will see its release in 2020.


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