2004 Vietti "Rocche" Barolo
The 2004 Barolo Rocche presents a sense of real classicism and austerity. Sweet, perfumed and wonderfully pliant on the palate, the 2004 is striking, but could still use another few years in bottle, as the tannins are quite present. There is a lot to admire in the 2004. I remember tasting this wine several times from cask. It was fabulous back then and is every bit as striking today. Readers who own the 2004 are in for a real treat. (AG)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
In many ways the best was saved for last. As much as I loved the 1982, 1989, 1996 and other vintages, the 2004 was on another level entirely. I was somewhat surprised by how much the wine had begun to close down since I last tasted it in bottle a few months prior, but all the ingredients for a classic, superb Barolo Rocche were there, from the signature aromatics, to the ripe dark fruit and the finessed tannins. Yet the 2004 revealed an additional level of ripeness and concentration which should allow it to take its rightful place as one of the finest, if not the finest, Barolo Rocche Vietti has ever produced. Vietti is one of Barolo's historic properties. Husband and wife team Alfredo Currado and Luciana Vietti were pioneers in the 1960s. They were among the first producers to recognize the unique qualities of their vineyards, many of which are among the finest in the region, even today. (AG)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
95+ points. Good full, deep red. Dark fruit, smoke and menthol aromas lifted by an exhilarating floral element. Reticent but lively, with captivating, high-toned dark berry and rose petal flavors giving the wine great subtlety and finesse. A superb and classic Rocche, with terrific grip, verve and subtle persistence. Wonderfully long on the aftertaste. (ST)
Multidimensional aromas of sliced fruit and fresh flowers follow through to a full body, with silky tannins and a long finish. Balanced and complex, with just the right amount of fruit and toasty oak. Best after 2012. 290 cases made.