For the “Ronchi” single-vineyard bottling, fermentation is carried out in stainless steel and the wine is aged for two years in a mix of tank, large Slavonian casks, and some French oak barrels. The result is a wine of exceptional aromatic complexity and power. Really one to watch. Drinks well in youth but will reward patience.
Notes on the producer
The Ronchi property is based in the village of Barbaresco, with the family home and cellar perched atop the ‘cru’ vineyard of the same name (for the Italian wine experts out there, the “Ronchi” cru is bordered by “Montestefano” to the north and “Moccagatta” to the south). This amphitheater-shaped vineyard, in which the vines average 30-40 years of age, has a southeastern aspect and runs up to the border with the village of Neive to the east. The Rocca family has been in this spot for four generations, and today winemaker Giancarlo Rocca presides over about 7 hectares (16 acres). Working without any pesticides or herbicides, Rocca is also a traditionalist in the cellar, ageing his wines in the large, Slavonian oak vats known as botti and bottling his wines unfined and unfiltered.