Barolo, Rocche dell Annunziata, 2013

  Rocche Costamagna

Barolo, Rocche dell Annunziata

Less immediate and lush than the regular Barolo, more serious, crispy and classic. Taut, clear-cut notes of red berries and cherries, a hint of undergrowth. Finely-chiselled tannins adding structure and support to the impressively fresh and lively red fruit . Twenty day post-fermentation skin contact precede ageing for 24 months in used 30hl slavonian oak casks.

Contains Sulphites.

About Rocche Costamagna

There can be few family wineries in the world today with such a long history dedicated to bottling and selling their own production. On May 15, 1841 the police office of the Royal Military Command in Alba granted Luigi Costamagna, son of the estate’s founder Francesco Antonio Costamagna, an official licence “to retail the wine produced from his own vineyards” in La Morra. In 1911, Francesco Costamagna and his son Riccardo were awarded a gold medal at the “Gran Premio dell’Esposizione Internazionale di Torino” for fifty years of winemaking. When Francesco died, Riccardo took over from his father with the help of his wife Maddalena. Riccardo died in the 1930s prompting Maddalena to sell all of the vineyards that were outside of La Morra. From the remaining La Morra vineyards grapes were grown for selling on to other winemakers. Some wines were produced but these were for family consumption. In the late 1960s, Maddalena’s niece, Claudia Ferraresi, together with her husband Giorgio Locatelli, restarted the commercial winemaking activity, planted new vineyards and modernised the old winery. Since the mid-1980s their son Alessandro Locatelli has been managing the winery with the help of agronomist Gian Piero Romana and enologist Giuseppe Caviola.

The jewel in the crown of their 14ha is one of the great Crus of the Langhe, Rocche dell’Annunziata. A glorious rendition Alessandro makes, too! Both the regular and the Riserva offer floral rose-tinted scents, the latter being from a plot on the highest part of the hill that imparts more structure and minerality to the wines. Winemaking is traditional – the wine stays twenty days on the skins after fermentation, followed by 24 to 36 months ageing in 30hl Slavonian oak casks. Alessandro has truly taken quality at this fine estate to great heights, producing wines of ravishing charm, nuance and elegance.

Appellation: Barolo

Barolo is the greatest, most intense and expressive display of the Northern Italian grape variety Nebbiolo. The name is given to bottles from the Piedmont area, made exclusively from Nebbiolo, and coming from the five core towns of Barolo, La Morra, Serralunga d'Alba, Castiglione Falletto and Monforte d'Alba, along with certain other peripherary villages. The wines offer power, aromatics and longevity that is almost unmatched elsewhere in Italy, perhaps the world. Top, forward thinking producers have pushed huge changes in the winemaking culture of the area, and as a result finer, purer Barolo is being produced than ever before.

Grape Type: Nebbiolo

Arguably Italy's greatest red grape variety, responsible in North-West Italy’s Piedmont region for the great reds of Barolo, Barbaresco and Roero. At its best it produces wines of an aromatic complexity and subtlety similar to that of great Burgundy, a region from where many pioneering producers such as Elio Altare drew their inspiration. The aromas and flavours are very different in profile to Pinot Noir however, usually characterised by roses, tar and truffle. Naturally tannic and acidic, Nebbiolo wines are excellent for long term ageing.