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Bruno Rocca Dolcetto d'Alba Vigna Trifolé D.O.C. 2016

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Bruno Rocca Dolcetto d’Alba Vigna Trifole’ D.O.C. 2016

In the late 1950s, Bruno Rocca’s father Francesco, and his wife Maria Adelaide purchased a vineyard in Rabajà and moved there from the centre of Barbaresco. This marked the beginning, in particular for Bruno, who from a very early age began to view the grapes as the true expression of the land. In 1978 Bruno decided to carve out a new direction, rather than selling the grapes to large Barbaresco producers, Bruno began to sell bottled wine on the Italian and world stage. The philosophy of wine as the natural expression of the Barbaresco territory was widely appreciated, and with the estate’s gradual growth came the purchase of new plots of land and the expansion of the cellar, which continues to today with Bruno’s children Francesco and Luisa now both closely involved in all aspects of the wine production and sales. The Bruno Rocca company philosophy is clear, as Rocca himself affirms: Wine is the mirror and soul of the ground, and the territory, if protected and defended, it will never let you down.

2016 in Le Langhe
The 2016 vintage was certainly one of the longest-lasting in recent years. Winter was mild and dry, however March saw temperatures drop with plenty of rain, providing the soil with good reserves of water but delaying flowering by around 10 days. This phenological delay continued until the end of the summer, which also began slowly but extended until the end of September. All the grapes were healthy, and cases of hail were less intense and widespread than during the previous year. The harvest of the whites began early September and they show excellent aromatics with good acidity and structure. The red harvest immediately followed the whites with the Dolcetto, then Barbera and without a break by Nebbiolo in mid-October. 2016 was a very good vintage for Dolcetto, but even more so for Barbera, which acquired excellent levels of sugar over a sustained period of good weather, while maintaining the varietal’s typically good acidity. Overlapping in some cases with the harvest of the Barbera, the Nebbiolo followed the classic order: first Barbaresco and Nebbiolo d’Alba, then Barolo. The late development during spring and early summer, was made up for over August and September, resulting in perfect phenolic maturity. Overall the 2016 wines show excellent balance, generous bouquets and great structure, although in some cases with lower alcohols. We can therefore expect 2016 to be a vintage, which, will be talked about for a long time to come!

Technical Details

Variety: Dolcetto 100%

Alcohol: 13%

Vineyard Area: The grapes are sourced from Bruno Rocca estate vineyards (average 40 years of age) in the village of Barbaresco where the Trifole’ vineyard borders Rabajà. The soils are volcanic (tufo) clay with some sandy veins throughout. 

Method: The fruit is hand-harvested at low yields of just 50 Hl per hectare. Fermentation occurs in stainless steel for 7-10 days with skin contact. Maturation occurs in stainless steel.

Tasting Notes

Colour: Intense deep, black due with purple reflections.

Bouquet: The bouquet is fresh and tight with aromas of ripe fruit (plum, blackberry & cherry). Elegant and profound.

Palate: The palate is round and warm, with appealingly supple grape tannins. Dense and embracing, the finish lingers beautifully with just a hint of almond.

Service: Serve at 14-16 degrees Celsius. Enjoy with local specialities including bagna cauda, Italian style cured meats and local fresh cheeses such as Robiolo.

Cellaring: 2-4 years

Winemaker: Bruno & Francesco Rocca

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