Albino Rocca Barbaresco Ronchi 2016 - 750ml

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96pts Wine Enthusiast

Forest floor, new leather, underbrush and eucalyptus aromas mingle with a whiff of peppercorn. On the full-bodied, focused palate, tightly knit, noble tannins and bright acidity frame juicy Morello cherry, licorice, tobacco and a hint of truffle. Drink 2026–2036. Cellar Selection.

 

96pts Wine Spectator

Fresh and pure, with rose, strawberry, cherry and licorice flavors that are well-defined and long. Tobacco and tar accents add complexity as this red remains delicate and detailed from beginning to end. This is all about finesse rather than power. Best from 2022 through 2038.

95pts Decanter

Albino Rocca’s wine are characterised by beautifully pristine aromas and a seductive texture. In this example, I was arrested by a vibrant top note of intense redcurrant and violets and very juicy acidity: I love its brightness and intensity. It needs time but has fantastic potential.

 

94pts James Suckling

Boysenberries, cherry tart, blueberries and lavender introduce a very floral bouquet. Despite the initial, fragrant impression, this Barbaresco is deadly serious, coating the full-bodied palate in layers of structured tannins. Impressive, contrastive wine. Drink from 2024.

 

93pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

These are all finely crafted wines from Albino Rocca. The 2016 Barbaresco Ronchi is a precise and balanced expression that shows impeccable aromas and fresh primary fruit. You get a clear and unobstructed view onto the vintage thanks to the small details—wild berry, rose hip, toasted almond and licorice—that this wine delivers with such forthcoming ease. I would pair it with a post-meal plate of powerful gorgonzola, sliced pears and sweet dates.  Rating: 93+

 

Winemaker Notes

Deep garnet red. Intense, frank, fruity, cherry, blackberry, vanilla, toasted nuts, sweet spices, complex, balsamic and mineral notes. Rich, soft, fresh, fine tannins, good persistence.

Savory pasta dishes, grilled meat, and medium seasoned cheeses.

Grape Variety: 100% Nebbiolo