Azienda Agricola Ronchi Barbaresco "Ronchi" 2011
93 pts, Antonio Galloni; A bombshell Italian classic from a tiny village in Piemonte.
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93 points, Antonio Galloni, December 2015:
"The 2011 Barbarescos have turned out beautifully. Racy and pliant, the best 2011s are gorgeous and will drink well early…Azienda Agricola Ronchi Barbaresco ‘Ronchi’ - ample, broad and intense, the 2011 Barbaresco Ronchi is also quite a bit darker than the straight Barbaresco. A host of dark red cherry, smoke, game, plums, leather and licorice are backed up by a sense of vertical power that gives the wine its explosive energy. As always, the Ronchi is a bit wild, but some of the angular contours that are often present have been softened by the warmth of the vintage. This brooding, intense Barbaresco needs time to fully come together, but it is impressive all the same.”
Although this wine will age beautifully for another 10-15 years (easily!), it can definitely be a rewarding experience in its youth, particularly because of the warmer, riper 2011 vintage. With a good dose of air - decant! - it will start to blossom. It has the classic aromatics of cherry and licorice, mingled with rose petals and smoke and so much more. On the palate that smoky cherry + anise comes right through…an incredible sensation for a young Barbaresco. Antonio Galloni mentions it being "wild" and I get that too ~ it has the mingling of earth, fruit and spice.
- Alcohol by Volume
- Cases Produced
- 291 cases
- Now through 2036
Classic earthy Italian that hits the spot. Definitely not something I'd serve to everyone, but for the geeks like me this is grade A.
Good food wine
Great acid, earthy undertones, classic licorice and tar flavors we know and love from Barbarescos. One of the few reds that I would trust pairing with a strong tomato sauce.
Don't have a Barbaresco often so I made Spagetti Carbonara to complete a combination I have often served. Off flavors and a weak watery body were my initial response and A big disappointment for sure. I gave it 45 minutes to open up and still weak.
Jury still out
Purchased 2 of these in a case and was very excited to try it.
Went to a Peruvian restaurant and slightly chilled the bottle as I usually do.
Opened and set forv5 mins but could not wait to taste. It was ok, slightly acidic, a bit harsh? If I can use that word, not smooth at all, but very sophisticated.
I let breath and thought it should be decanted.
My wife did not like it as she is a Pinot fan, but we did enjoy it with dinner.
I feel it was better at the end of the bottle, so next time I decant it for 30 mins before I drink it .
Would I buy another bottle?, prob not when there are so many less expensive to try.