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2004 BARBARESCO, ‘Maria Adelaide’, Bruno Rocca. Piedmont
Alcohol Percentage: 14.5%
Area: The village of Barbaresco is not as famous as its rival Barolo but shares a similar spectacular setting amongst the rolling Lange hills
Grape Variety: 100% Nebbiolo, aged in new French oak for 18 months
Producer: Bruno Rocca's parents bought the property in 1928. Bruno, who took over in 1978, is an ultra-modern producer, making rich and powerful wine. Maria Adelaide is made from a special selection of grapes from the outstanding 2004 vintage in memory of Bruno's mother who lived at the estate at Rabaja from 1921 until her death in 2006
Cellar Potential: 2010 - 2020
Press Reviews: The Wine Advocate October 2009 "The 2004 Barbaresco Maria Adelaide shows the level Rocca is capable of when a great vintage comes along, and make no mistake about it, the 2004 Maria Adelaide is a great Barbaresco. This deep, dark sensual wine emerges with beautifully integrated layers of ripe dark fruit, French oak, new leather, licorice and menthol in a regal expression of Nebbiolo from Barbaresco. The tannins are incredibly silky for such a young wine. The Maria Adelaide is a selection of the best fruit from Rocca-s various vineyards and he gives the wine a touch more new oak than his other Barbarescos. The 2004 Barbaresco is not to be missed. Drink: 2012 - 2024."
Jancis Robinson, 23rd July 2009 "Bright garnet with strong brickish red rim. Utterly fragrant even though there is still plenty of sweet oak vanillin in evidence. The oak is more noticeable on the palate but even here the fragrant red fruit fills the mouth with fresh scent more than sweetness. Then there's also a dark liquorice note which adds depth and power. Firm, smooth, dry tannins. Already complex but so much more to come. Lovely label too - feather on black background. When to Drink : 2010 to 2016".
This wine does not qualify for a discount