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.