Azienda Agricola Ronchi Barbaresco "Ronchi" 2012
91 pts, Antonio Galloni; A bombshell Italian classic from a tiny village in Piemonte.
Antonio Galloni, Vinous:
"91+ points. A powerful, intense wine, the 2012 Barbaresco Ronchi offers notable depth and intensity. Dark cherry, plum, licorice, tobacco and smoke, along with the wine's formidable tannic clout, give the 2012 its distinctive, brooding personality. Readers should plan on cellaring the 2012 for at least a few years, as this is a decidedly structured, tannic Barbaresco."
The top cuvee from this producers estate vineyard (not to be confused with their straight “Barbaresco”), the “Ronchi” bottling is a fantastic, pure expression of the Nebbiolo grape from an incredible site. It’s quite enjoyable to drink now with a good two hour decant and some robust fare but this wine is just beginning to strut its stuff and will benefit greatly from a couple more years in the cellar.
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 $29/bottle (you’re looking at $45-$115 for the same caliber). Note: this is not the Albino Rocca “Ronchi”.