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1996 Albino Rocca "Vigneto Brich Ronchi" Barbaresco

SKU #232197 95 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Shows fabulous aromas of crushed berries and fresh flowers. Full-bodied, with a powerful palate of fabulous fruit and ripe tannins. Goes on and on. Still a baby. This is superb.--1996 Piedmont retrospective. Best after 2010. (JS, Web-2007) Inner quote mark

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Even deeper red ruby color. Pungently spicy, penetrating aromas of rose petal, violet and red berries. Thick, intensely flavored and sharply delineated, with strong acidity and plenty of buffering extract. This has superb material and outstanding grip and persistence. Firm tannins are in perfect balance with the wine fruit. Wow! This is aged in all new barriques, but I never would have guessed it. 94+ (ST) Inner quote mark (11/1998)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The large-scaled as well as compelling 1996 Barbaresco Vigneto Brich Ronchi reveals spectacular aromas of intense chocolate-covered cherry candy intermixed with smoky new wood. It is dense and full-bodied, with layers of concentration and glycerin. This superb, mouth-filling Barbaresco can be drunk now or cellared for 10-15 years. (RP) Inner quote mark (8/1999)

K&L Notes

Upon release: The first impression this wine gives you is its incredible density, so thick and bulging with concentrated plum and black cherry it is hard to get into your mouth. Once on the palate the wine’s stupendous richness belies the dense structure underlying the surface. Smooth, sweet tannins lay gracefully under the fruit guaranteeing the future of the wine for decades to come. If you’re scoring at home this wine is a "Holy Wow" (the next step above Wow). Very limited quantity.

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