Bruno Rocca Langhe Nebbiolo Fralù 2015
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“… Bruno Rocca is without question one of the hottest estates in Barbaresco right now. And my feeling is that Francesco Rocca (Bruno’s son and Luisa’s brother) is just getting started.” Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media.
In the late 1950s, Bruno Rocca’s father Francesco, and his wife Maria Adelaide purchased a vineyard in Rabajà and moved there from the centre of Barbaresco. This marked the beginning, in particular for Bruno, who from a very early age began to view the grapes as the true expression of the land. In 1978 Bruno decided to carve out a new direction, rather than selling the grapes to large Barbaresco producers, Bruno began to sell bottled wine on the Italian and world stage. The philosophy of wine as the natural expression of the Barbaresco territory was widely appreciated, and with the estate’s gradual growth came the purchase of new plots of land and the expansion of the cellar, which continues today with Bruno’s children Francesco and Luisa now both closely involved in all aspects of the wine production and sales respectively. Organic farming with certification ; 100% estate grown fruit; minimal intervention and sparing use of French oak usually less than 10% new oak across production. The Bruno Rocca company philosophy is clear, as Rocca himself affirms: “Wine is the mirror and soul of the ground, and the territory, if protected and defended, it will never let you down.”
2015 was an excellent vintage for Barbaresco, producing wines of structure, generosity and longevity matched with Bruno Rocca’s signature elegance and finesse.
100% Nebbiolo from Barbaresco vines (younger vines) 10 months French oak (no new oak).Fralu was named after Bruno’s children Francesco & Luisa. ‘Baby Barbaresco’ here of outstanding quality .. Is this the finest Nebbiolo bargain of Piedmont?
94 points, Mike Bennie, The Wine Front “Don’t destroy what mother nature has given” says Luisa Rocca, “this is the overarching philosophy at Bruno Rocca”. There’s plenty to back that up, from organic farming (certified, but they don’t broadcast that), hand harvesting in small baskets, a vibration de-stemmer a recent and expensive addition to ensure gentle handling of fruit. Natural yeast is used to create a bank of mini ferments in each vineyard – this is to ‘inoculate’ from each vineyard source individually, “we wish to preserve the terroir at this level too”.
This wine is called ‘Langhe’ because “as a small and ‘young’ winery we bought some new plots, they needed to be replanted to original, older clones, so all grapes under 15 years old go to this wine”. All the nebbiolo is however from Barbaresco ‘named’ vineyards. It’s just an age of vine thing here. No new oak is used here, and it spends 10 months in barriques.
Fresh, floral and red cherry scented perfume. Sniffs of rose water, rose hip tea, pepper, briar. Lovely start. Just so inviting. Savoury-edged red cherry/berry fruit characters to taste, light, firm, spicy, lightly chewy, brisk on its sea of tangy, blood orange acidity. Exceptionally long, harmonious, fine, elegant. Junior wine of super standard. Incredible value; indeed one of the great bargains of 2015 and Piedmont to date. Drink 2017 – 2030.”
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Barbaresco, Italy, Langhe, Piedmont
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