Barolo Rocche Dell'Annunziata 2016
Working with just over three acres of vines in this famed vineyard, Rocche Dell’Annunziata is not just home for Trediberri, but also its heart. To hear winemaker Nicola Oberto speak passionately of this vineyard is to hear him discuss a lifelong love affair. He was literally born in front of the vineyard, with memories of kicking a soccer ball around the muddy vines at four years old. Like any wine of this stature, this Barolo will age for decades, but unlike many of its peers, it delivers immediate pleasure too.
The vines in the Oberto family plot date back to just after the second world war and are grown in two distinct types of marl: silty laminated marl and sandy marl. The silt retains water and allows the vines to thrive, while the sand remains largely dry, developing intense perfume.
Aside from an extra week of maceration, the Rocche is treated exactly the same as the Barolo DOCG and is a picture perfect lense into this amazing terroir.
What can be said about this legendary vintage that hasn’t already been written? Mother nature provided the perfect stage for her growers in Piedomnt, and their efforts were nearly universally outstanding. The wines are showing beautifully right out of the gate, and with surely develop for years to come.
At touch more savory than the classic Barolo, this wine is all about perfume, elegance and graceful power.
You will want a dish to match the power and intensity of this wine – braised meat, aged cheese and game are a few great options.
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Vinous - September 9, 2020 "The 2016 Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata offers quite a bit of richness and power - perhaps with a bit less of the finesse that is typical of this La Morra cru today, but that should come in time. Black cherry, plum, espresso, hard candy, licorice and dark spice notes build in a Barolo that is at once powerful and yet also sensual. The 2016 finishes with tremendous resonance and plenty of muscle in its big, hefty tannins."
Wine Advocate - September 9, 2020 "The label depicts an X-ray of a vine with its root system below ground and its tangled growth above the soil line. The Trediberri 2016 Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata is another beautiful production from this estate that is full of nice surprises. This wine (with fruit from La Morra that rests for 27 months in wood) is silky and smooth, delivering a steady stream of interconnected aromas that fold between dark fruit, spice and smoky asphalt. This vineyard cru is celebrated for its mouthfeel texture, and indeed it is lithe and elegant. These bottles from Trediberri are great for medium or long-term consumption."
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Like all wines from Trediberri, the Barolo possesses a thorough line of elegance and purity. Notable for its drinkability and finesse, even at a young age, there is no doubt that this wine will develop gracefully over the years. Trediberri aims for a “weightless” power to the wine, which is meant to typify the best of La Morra.
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