2004 Ceretto Bricco Rocche "Bricco Rocche" Barolo
This is very raisiny, almost meaty, with an ultrarich nose. Full-bodied, showing sultana and dried flowers on the palate, with chewy tannins. Very long and powerful on the finish. Almost Port-like. Hints of vanilla and sultana. A top Bricco Rocche. Best after 2012.
This excellent Barolo from Ceretto’s Bricco Rocche estate represents a perfect marriage between grape and winemaking. The integrity of the fruit is there--plush, round, intense--and is supported by oak-driven notes of vanilla, cinnamon, cigar box and ground ginger. In the mouth, it tastes smooth and supple and offers long-lasting intensity. Drink after 2020.
Wine & Spirits
Bricco Rocche is one of the benchmark wines of Barolo, introduced in 1982 by Bruno and Marcello Ceretto. The '04 is youthful and expressive on release, its sleek texture a veil hiding the wine's depth and power. The structure becomes more apparent with air, melding earthy tannins and brisk acidity gleaned from Bricco Rocche's mixed clay soils and 1,100-foot elevation. It feels elegant, with lasting flavors of dark earth, orange zest and red plum. Built for the cellar, this will age gracefully for a decade or more.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The estate’s 2004 Barolo Bricco Rocche reveals an expansive, generous personality. Macerated cherries, spices, vanilla, tar and smoke develop as this pretty, sumptuous wine opens in the glass. Silky tannins and a resonating note of sweetness from the oak carry through to the long finish. The Bricco Rocche still sees 100% new oak but Ceretto is contemplating a shorter aging regime. The 2005, which had just been taken out of oak at the time of my visit, was fresher than the 2004 and seemed to benefit from less time in barrel. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2024. (AG)
Castiglione Falletto, barrique 24 months. Medium, warm brick red. Sweet, almost exotic and leathery red cherries. Oak spice evident on the palate but not dominant and is well balanced by the rich red fruit falvours. Already quite rounded even though tannnis are dense and firm. Chewy but fresh length. 18/20 points. Drink 2012-2025.