Azienda Agricola Ronchi Barbaresco "Ronchi" 2011

Azienda Agricola Ronchi Barbaresco "Ronchi" 2011

93 pts, Antonio Galloni; A bombshell Italian classic from a tiny village in Piemonte.
$35

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.

Cam Confidential
An Italian classic, Barbaresco is a tiny village near Barolo in the Piemonte region of Italy. Like Barolo, Barbaresco is made from 100% Nebbiolo with very strict rules on aging and release. There is also a "Cru" system for vineyard designates such as the wine we are offering today, which comes from the Ronchi family’s eponymous vineyard named (unsurprisingly) RONCHI. The Ronchi vineyard is a special spot at the top of the hill almost 1,000 feet above the sea, with 30 to 40 year-old vines, steep hillsides, and a mix of clay and limestone. It is shaped like a perfect amphitheater, capturing the sun and giving Nebbiolo both the concentration and ripe elegance that is the hallmark of top Barbaresco. A classic, authentic, Cru designated Barbaresco, not to mention a fabulous deal at $35/bottle (you’re looking at $45-$115 for the same caliber). There were less than 300 cases produced, and we’ve got the last of it. (Note: this is not the Albino Rocca “Ronchi”)
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