1997 Albino Rocca "Vigneto Brich Ronchi" Barbaresco
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This is a spectacular Barbaresco. It is awesomely thick, rich, and textured, with unreal opulence as well as glycerin levels that define the finest offerings from the 1997 vintage. Albino Rocca hit the bull's eye in 1997. Awesome, the 1997 Barbaresco Vigneto Brich Ronchi is a tour de force in winemaking. Its dark plum/ruby color is accompanied by explosive blackberry/cherry fruit aromas. In the mouth, its viscous texture, low acidity, and overripe Nebbiolo characteristics provide remarkable intensity, and extraordinary flavor richness with notes of blackberries, cherries, coffee, smoke, licorice, and earth. The finish lasts for nearly 45 seconds. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good full deep red. Superripe aromas of roasted plum, redcurrant, marzipan, grilled nuts and pungent oak spices. Dense, fleshy and seamless, with compelling depth of flavor. This wine has the sheer buffering material to handle the high percentage of new oak in which it was aged.
Dark brick red. Full-bodied, soft and velvety, with lots of ripe fruit, meat and chocolate character. Just right. (JS, Web-2007)
Absoultely one of the top Barbareschi of the vintage, mega points with all of the critics. Albino uses a bit more new oak in this vineyard and it blends in beautifully. Stunning concentration, length, spice, aging ability if you can keep your hands off it. An easy 20 years in the cellar if you'd like!