Barolo “Bricco Rocca” DOCG, Sergio Molino (2016)
Grape : Nebbiolo.
Sergio didn’t produce a Riserva in 2014, so his best Nebbiolo found its way into this wine.
The fermentation and maceration were less than 3 weeks due to the delicacy of the vintage. The wine is aged in steam-bent barriques, which precludes toasty, oaky aromas. The sandy soils minimize the tannins, and Sergio tries to accentuate the elegance of the site. Less than 1,700 bottles produced from just over 3/4 of a hectare. The vines were planted in 1951 with others in 1975 and 2000.
Incipient tobacco, earthy, and spicy complexity greets the nose, which remains fresh and airy. The dark fruit is muscular, tense and dense with lovely spice and earth on the backend in the mouth. Quite tannic, but the tannins are lovely, sweet, tight, and lend elegance to the long, detailed finish. It is not built on fruit but it's fabulous with terrific tension and nuance. Simply superb.
Food Pairing: Barolo goes well with dishes that have powerful flavours. Subtle dishes will be overpowered by this wine and are better to combine with less strong wines. Just perfect with tasty meat and powerful sauces.