2013 Ronchi "Ronchi" Barbaresco

SKU #1382905 93 points Vinous

 The 2013 Barbaresco Ronchi is darker and more imposing wine than the straight Barbaresco, but it offers a similar level of quality. Wild cherry, smoke, tobacco, licorice and incense fill out the wine's strapping, powerful frame effortlessly. This is an especially muscular, imposing style. Readers should be prepared to cellar the 2013 for at least a few years. (AG)  (10/2017)

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By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/13/2018 | Send Email
The combination of a pedigree vineyard, great vintage, thoughtful farming and winemaking along with an exceptional price make this a truly wonderful Barbaresco. This is one of the finest wines we've tasted to-date from the Rocca Family and it comes with our highest recommendation. Whether you're new to the category and looking to experience Barbaresco (Nebbiolo) for the first time or an experienced Nebbiolo fan in search of a sleeper pick, this one is for you. Great now but ideal for cellaring.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/13/2018 | Send Email
I love this wine, just to be upfront with you. Why do I love it because it has a classic feel and flavor while still being drinkable at a young age. The nose is full of smoke, truffle, leather and earth but braced by hints of forest fruits, freshening and giving focus. On the palate there is a supple, textural richness that smoothes out the fine grain tannins to a point where you don’t really notice them, while the flavors are once again classic, smoke, leather but with more fruit than earth showing here. The finish is one of balance, depth and makes you want to take another sip, this is a really good wine and for the price exceptional. This is no flash in the pan either it will age well for another decade plus!
Drink from 2018 to 2028

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/7/2018 | Send Email
A powerful wine, the Ronchi is young Barbaresco that vies for your attention as soon as you nose the glass and catch the strong whiff of blackberries and tar - lots of tar. Classic Nebbiolo aromas lead to a grippy palate that obviously wants some time to soften but should develop nicely over the years. Tasty fruit and solid structural bones make the Ronchi a classic Piemontese cellar candidate.

By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/6/2018 | Send Email
I adore wines from all over the world, but at the end of the day I always come back to Nebbiolo. And when it is this good at this kind of price, I can never get enough. Beautiful aromatics lead to a core of pure red fruit and mouthwatering acidity that begs for another sip. It has a terrific texture and fine tannins that add structure, but meld graciously with the fruit. It pairs beautifully with a meal, but even alone the pedigree is undeniable. I've had the fortune to try this on three different occasions already, and it seems to show another dimension each time. This is an asset to any collection - top vintage, delicious Barbaresco at a price that you don't have to think twice about when pulling a cork.

By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/23/2018 | Send Email
The wine’s perfume is pure Nebbiolo: raspberry fruit and dried rose petals with a touch of tobacco and lots of cedar, bursting with sweet fruit, tar, minerals, displaying outstanding depth and fine overall balance. This wine will drink well now and over the next few years, best with the heartiest meats or stews. Better yet, serve after dinner with some great aged cheeses (Pecorino Romano, Parmigiano-Reggiano or Asiago) and an olive tapenade.

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- Tar and roses are the two descriptors most associated with this red grape grown, almost solely, in Italy's Piedmont, where it has achieved fame under the guises of the incredibly and age-worthy wines of Barolo and Barbaresco. Characterized by chewy tannins, high acidity, high-tone cherry and raspberry fruit and truffle aromas and flavors, Nebbiolo has rightfully earned its reputation. Sadly the late-ripening varietal is quite delicate and is prone to disease as well as damage by hail that frequently pelts the region. Outside of Barolo and Barbaresco, Nebbiolo is grown in the DOCs of Gattinara, Spanna and Ghemme. The Nebbiolos of the Nebbiolo d'Alba DOC in the southeastern part of Piedmont are generally lighter and more immediately approachable versions of the grape, aged for less time than Barolo and Barbaresco, which also makes them less expensive. Langhe Nebbiolos are generally made from declassified fruit from the aforementioned regions of Barolo, Barbaresco and Nebbiolo d'Alba.


- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world.


- Piedmont is in the Northwestern region of Italy, bordering France and Switzerland. Piedmont is predominantly a plain where the water flows from the Swiss and French Alps to form the headwaters of the Po river. The major wine producing areas are in the southern portion of the region in the hills known as the "Langhe". Here the people speak a dialect that is 1/3 French and 2/3 Italian that portrays their historical roots. Their cuisine is one of the most creative and interesting in Italy. Nebbiolo is the King grape here, producing Barolo and Barbaresco. In addition, the Barbera and Dolcetto are the workhorse grapes that produce the largest quantity of wine. Piedmont is predominantly a red wine producing area. There are a few whites made in Piedmont, and the Moscato grape produces a large volume of sweet, semi-sweet and sparkling wines as well.
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- Barbaresco is a small village in Piedmont rising up out of the plain to sit in the Langhe hills. Here they produce a 100% Nebbiolo wine that takes its name from the village. Barbaresco is a serious wine of power and depth with an ability to age for multiple decades. Often thought of as the feminine version of Barolo, Barbaresco is a dramatically smaller region than its cousin. Barbaresco can only be produced within 1265 acres, and a maximum of 85,000 cases per year can be produced from the more than 500 growers. It is separated into four different communes of which three dominate, Barbaresco, Neive and Treiso. Angelo Gaja is perhaps one of the best known producers in the wine world, let alone Barbaresco, lives in the village. Recent technological and viticultural advances have made the wines more consistent, deeper in color and more flavorful. A wine of great perfume, the classic nose is "tar and roses", and complexity. Barbaresco is best served with roast meats, game birds or powerful cheese.
Alcohol Content (%): 14