Roccheviberti Barolo Rocche di Castiglione 2016

Rated 94 Vinous Media, Antonio Galloni – The 2016 Barolo Rocche di Castiglione is absolutely gorgeous. Initially a bit austere, the 2016 opens up beautifully with a bit of air. Sweet red cherry, rose petal, mint, dried herbs, licorice and dried herbs give the 2016 striking layers of dimension. This super-classic, mid-weight Barolo will thrill readers who appreciate traditionally-styled wines. Naturally, the 2016 needs cellaring to be at is best, as the tannins are quite youthful.

Rated 94, Wine Advocate – The Rocche Viberti 2016 Barolo Rocche di Castiglione comes from a site in Castiglione Falletto (just like the Bricco Boschis expression also made by this producer) although I think this wine gives a lot more intensity and overall depth. There is a sharp and polished nature to its aromas of wild cherry, rose and spice. However, the aromas are noticeably more lifted and vertical in this bottle.

$59.97

Description

Region: Italy, Barolo, Castiglione Falletto
Grape(s): Nebbiolo, Average age of the vines: 30 years.
Terroir: south and south-east. Altitude: 350 meters. Clay, limestone
Farming: Traditional
Winemaking: fermented in steel tanks with controlled temperature.
Aging: aged in French oak barrels that are 20-25 hectalitres for 2-3 years, then aged in bottle for a period of 1 year.

Rocche di Castiglione is one of the smallest and most renowned vineyards of the entire Barolo area. Located at an altitude of 300-350 meters above sea level, this “Cru” (Registered Geographic Area) consists of a number of small, steep vineyard properties, and forms a long narrow strip along the side of a very steep hill with an east-southeast exposition. The lower part of this long strip of earth, which is about 1.5 Km long and 60-70 meters high, sits on a cliff (“rocche”) that in some places drops as much as 150 meters to the Perno river at the bottom.
The terrain here is consists primarily of limestone with a notable presence of sand and tuff. These characteristics give the wines of Rocche unique, well-defined aromas, soft tannins, excellent balance, and a distinctive elegance. The vines of Rocche have a median age of about 40 years. This vineyard is dedicated exclusively to Nebbiolo for Barolo.

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