Barolo DOCG Bricco Rocche 2012

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Bricco Rocche, located in Castiglione Falletto, is one of the most spectacular sites for growing nebbiolo grapes in the Barolo DOCG zone.  This perfectly exposed vineyard site is a monopole of the Ceretto family.  While "bricco" refers to the "top of the hill" and is usually where the best exposures are found, "rocche" refers to the cliffs surrounding the vineyard.  

Grapes are transported immediately to the winery, which sits directly above the vines at the summit of the hill. The final sorting is done by hand before the fruit goes to press.  Only native yeasts are used during fermentation, which takes place in stainless steel.  After malolactic conversion, the wine is left to refine for 12 months in small oak barrels of just under 300L capacity.  It is then moved to large oak casks of at least 25HL for the remainder of it's elevage.

Tasting Notes

This wine has a deep garnet color with crimson hues.  Complex aromas of cherries, raisins, dried flowers, smoky vanilla, and cigar box are apparent on the nose while flavors of red fruits and sweet spices abound on the palate.  This is a rich, full-bodied wine with velvety soft tannins and balanced acidity and a long, appealing finish.

Food Pairing

This wine is best paired with dishes with powerful flavors.  Beef, lamb, veal, rabbit and pheasant all wonderfully marry with the deep flavors of this wine. Dishes with wild mushrooms and truffles such as risottos are wonderful companions as well as the deep flavors complement one another beautifully.

Vineyard & Production Info
Production area/appellation:
Barolo DOCG
Vineyard name:
The Bricco Rocche vineyard
Vineyard size:
3 acres
Soil composition:
Silty-Loam
Training method:
Guyot
Elevation:
1,030-1,122 feet
Vines/acre:
1,720
Yield/acre:
1.6 tons
Exposure:
Southern
Year vineyard planted:
1982
Harvest time:
October
First vintage of this wine:
1982
Bottles produced of this wine:
3,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
100% Nebbiolo
Fermentation container:
Stainless steel tanks
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
15-20 days
Fermentation temperature:
72-82 °F
Maceration technique:
Submerged-Cap Fermentation
Length of maceration:
15-25 days
Malolactic fermentation:
Yes
Type of aging container:
Barriques
Size of aging container:
300 L
Age of aging container:
New-Five years
Type of oak:
Austrian
Length of aging before bottling:
30 months
Length of bottle aging:
12 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol:
14.5 %
pH level:
3.7
Acidity:
5.7 g/L

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