Rosso di Rocca is 98% Nebbiolo and 2% Cabernet Franc, with the Nebbiolo hailing from a vineyard at Magliano Alfieri in the first hills of the Roero region. The vines here were planted in 1998 and 1967, and the parcel was purchased in 2016. The Cabernet Franc comes from 20-year-old Estate vines in Barbaresco.
Roero’s sandy soils gift a lighter, brighter, early-drinking wine compared to the Rocca Nebbiolo d’Alba. The wine’s upbringing (solely in tank) and early bottling helps keep to this theme. The 2019 is a punchy, powdery, fresh and vibrant expression of Nebbiolo. It’s packed with bright redcurrant, mulberry and rose petal aromas and flavours, with wonderful depth and character for the price. A ridiculous value.