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93 Points- Vinous

90 Points- Cellar Tracker Average 

95 Insider Points

REVIEWS

"Ample, broad and intense, the 2011 Barbaresco Ronchi is also quite a bit darker than the straight Barbaresco. A host of dark red cherry, smoke, game, plums, leather and licorice are backed up by a sense of vertical power that gives the wine its explosive energy. As always, the Ronchi is a bit wild, but some of the angular contours that are often present have been softened by the warmth of the vintage. This brooding, intense Barbaresco needs time to fully come together, but it is impressive all the same."- Vinous 

This is Nebbiolo from a single estate vineyard in the Ronchi Cru within Barbaresco, the best of the best.  They don’t make it every year, only when the fruit is expressing itself to the fullest.  Expect plum compote and stomped cherry, with floral notes, cedar and bramble showing as the wine breathes.  A truly delicious btl of wine that is worth every penny.  Enjoy now through 2026. - DZ Jun 2016

WHY WE'RE DRINKING IT
  • VARIETAL
    Nebbiolo
  • APPELLATION
    Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
  • ALCOHOL
    13.50%
  • SIZE
    750ml

A 93-point Vinous wine, and no you are not seeing double. The Ronchi “Ronchi” is a Cru Barbaresco (100% single-vineyard) from Ronchi’s “Ronchi” Barbaresco vineyard. In fact, the vineyard itself was known as Ronchi before the winery was established, and it seemed only natural to name the label after the land—particularly when the land in question sits in the southern edge of the Barbaresco zone, one of the most specialized terroirs on the planet.

Winemaker Giancarlo Rocca lives in the family house, which is surrounded on all sides by vines. To say he lives, eats and sleeps Nebbiolo is an understatement, and his proximity to his work makes it that much easier for Rocca to do EVERYTHING by hand (and with zero use of herbicides or pesticides, either). Aged for two years in a combination of large cask and small French barrique and sourced from vines between 30 and 40 years of age, this Barbaresco is laden with black cherry cordial aromas and flavors with woodsy leathery notes and incredible length. Drink now or cellar for as long as you care to. Free Shipping on 3+ bottles.


Reasons why we love it:

Ronchi was established by the current proprietor’s great grandfather Rocca Carlo in 1919. At that time, all the fruit grown here was sold to a handful of the top wineries in the region, until the 1950s when the estate began to bottle its own wine.

Although still very young, the Barbaresco wines made in 2011 are heralded by the wine press and a uniform success. This is taken from the Barolo Barbaresco Consorzio di Tutela: “Without question, the variety that adapted best to the vintage was, once again, Nebbiolo. The grapes arrived in the winery with all the properties sought after in this area’s great wines: low yields in the vineyard, and an excellent amount of tannins and good colour, as well as a truly interesting aromatic profile.”

The Barbaresco zone is unquestionably one of Europe’s most coveted appellations. This is Nebbiolo land, first and foremost. The grape gets its name from a unique climactic condition of this inland region. In Italian nebbia means fog. And here, a frequent layer of low clinging fog drags in from the river Tanaro, which runs through the middle of Barbaresco and imparts a cooling influence in the fall during the critical last stages of ripening.

TASTING NOTES 

Beautiful garnet red color with brick hues. Aromas of spice, pepper and black cherries. On the palate the wine is powerful, firm elegant and ethereal.

 

THE STORY TO KNOW

Was founded in the late nineteenth century by Carlo Rocca, great grandfather of the current owner. At that time the entire production of grapes was sold to a few large wineries make wine.
In the 50 starts the vinification of their grapes and present the wines produced are exported to many parts of the world.
The company covers about 5.5 hectares of vineyards in the entire Barbaresco territory, located partly in the "Ronchi" area, which is named after the company, and 1 hectare in the municipality of Guarene dedicated to vine Arneis.
The main crop is the Nebbiolo grape, used exclusively to produce Barbaresco and Barbera d'Alba follow "Terlé" and Langhe Chardonnay.
In smaller quantities are produced Dolcetto d'Alba and Langhe Freisa Langhe Rosso.
Arneis Langhe will go into production from the harvest in 2015.
It is given much attention in the integrity protection of the environment, in fact, for some years, are not used chemical herbicides in the cultivation of the vine.

PERFECT PAIRINGS

Pair with egg pastas, risottos, white meats, poultry, red meats, game, venison and aged cheese.