Awarded 93 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their December 2016 edition review of the Barbaresco 2013 vintage (see blue link below).
Bruno Rocca Barbaresco Rabaja 2013 - Dec 2016 Decanter review
The Rocca family originates from Barbaresco. Bruno Rocca took charge of the family business when his father died in 1978. The family now has 15 hectares of vineyards. Stylistically, Bruno is a consummate modernist, making wines with great intensity of fruit while retaining the structure and elegance of the Langhe at its best. He was inspired to look at Asti for a Barbera for the reason that, whereas the best sites in Alba are planted with Nebbiolo, the best vineyards in the Monferrato grow Barbera, and therefore have the quality potential he is looking for.
Purchased by Bruno Rocca's father, this vineyard is in the Rabaja` Cru, in the village of Barbaresco. It was planted in 1964 and completed in 1978. The land cultivated solely with Nebbiolo has a south-westerly exposure and is a mixture of tufaceous clay, marl and limestone. The vineyard is steep and is situated at an altitude of about 300 metres above sea level.
The harvest started 15 days later than the average of the last 20 years. High temperatures in September and October and cold nights from the second half of September led to excellent grape maturation. The wines have good structure and complexity.
Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at 30°C and lasted 20 to 25 days. The wine was aged for 12 months in 225 litre French oak barrels (Allier, medium toast) and another 12 months in large oak barrels.
Ruby-garnet in colour with an intensely perfumed nose and notes of flowers, redcurrant, blackberry and a smoky edge. On the palate there is great fruit concentration and the characteristic tannins of Nebbiolo have been softened by the warm autumn. Long and very elegant on the finish.