''Albino Rocca is a producer of some of Piedmont's most acclaimed wines.'' Kerin O'Keefe
Hi Folks, This weekend's newsletter takes us to one of Piedmont's most endearing wineries, Albino Rocca. Albino Rocca are a family affair of dedicated maker's of deeply classical wines showcasing Piedmont's world famous varietals Nebbiolo, Barbera d'Alba and Dolcetto d'Alba in their best light with wonderful purity and precision. They nod to modernity in the best possible way by using only Estate grown grapes and they conduct their work in the vineyards with no herbicides, pesticides and only organic fertiliser. The Rocca’s efforts to continually improve the quality of all their Estate’s wines have resulted in some superb offerings over the last few vintages. All three of today's selected Reds are ripe, pure and meticulously made, but instead of any distracting new oak character, you have that wonderful dark cherry, floral and savoury structured personality found in all its Piemontese glory.
Albino Rocca Barbera d'Alba 2022
“The 2022 Barbera d'Alba is another delicious wine from Albino Rocca. It captures notable freshness and energy. Dark red cherry/plum fruit, spice, leather and blood orange and all dialled up.'' Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media
Albino Rocca Dolcetto d’Alba 2021
“The 2021 Dolcetto d'Alba captures all the elegance of this late-ripening vintage. Fresh and aromatic, with striking depth, the 2021 is lights out. A burst of dark red cherry, plum, rose petal and lavender lingers on the impossibly long finish. The 2021 is the best Dolcetto here in recent memory.” 91 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media
Albino Rocca 'Rosso Di Rocca' Langhe Nebbiolo 2022
It’s super-bright, perfumed and crackling with energy, with a swish of blood orange in front of blue fruits, steely minerality and savoury spices. Succulent and structured, it’s an approachable and harmonious Nebbiolo with fresh acidity, powdery tannins and impressive fruit concentration. And offers a class and tension that is terrific for the price.