“Fragrant Barbaresco in all its glory. The combination of a great vintage, a high-altitude Cru and more sandstone in the soil than other Crus makes this wine so deliciously perfumed. This perfume can be seen on the palate as well. Rose petal, bright crunchy rred fruit aand red liquorice; a touch of menthol and superfine tannins that are long and persistent. A stunner. Now or hold 10 years. Highly recommended.” Ian Cook – FWC.
The Montersino Cru is located at the southern tip of Barbaresco at 320 metres above sea level. This is the highest and coolest area of Barbaresco, and this 0.42-hectare parcel is the highest altitude of all the Estate’s Barbaresco vineyards. It’s also one of Barbaresco’s highest plots full stop. The south-facing vines, planted here in 1998 by Angelo Rocca, are rooted on very poor clay and limestone slopes with thin layers of sandstone. The sandstone brings finesse, as does the altitude. Daniela Rocca has pointed out to us that this soil type (locally called Formazioni di Lequio) resembles Barolo’s Monforte and some of the chalky soils found in Serralunga. The 2016 is a gorgeous, layered, sexy wine. Both perfumed and silky, this is impossible to stop drinking. Beware! There’s oodles of plum, red fruit and mint notes as well as plenty of Pinot-like spice creeping through. A beautiful wine that’s perfect for Burgundy (and Barbaresco!) lovers. The 2016 Barbaresco Montersino is marked by distinct floral overtones, bright red berry fruit and gracious, mid-weight structure. Clean mineral notes add energy to a Barbaresco that stands out for its tense, crystalline personality. Pine, mint, chalk and crushed rocks give the 2016 its distinctive aromatic upper register to balance things out. This is such a vivid and expressive wine.” 92 points, Antonio Galloni – Vinous.