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Albino Rocca Barbaresco Ovello Vigna Loreto 2016

Albino Rocca Barbaresco Ovello Vigna Loreto 2016

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"A wine of density and power, the 2016 Barbaresco Ovello Vigna Loreto is marked by its vertical build and overall sense of structure. Dense and pliant in its first impression, the 2016 has plenty of muscle lying in the background. Iron, smoke, wild berry, hard candy, spice and sweet floral notes all develop. Time in the glass brings out a more aromatic side of the wine's personality to complete things very nicely. The incisive Ovello tannins naturally need time to soften, but all the elements are in the right place. Drink: 2022-2036. 95 points

The 2016 Barbarescos from Albino Rocca are every bit as compelling from bottle as they were from barrel. Readers will find a set of wines that are precise and deeply expressive of site. The 2016s spent 20-25 days on the skins. Malolactic fermentation was done in steel, except the Angelo, which undergoes malolactic fermentation in cask. Oak aging was just under two years, which is on the longer side for present-day standards in Barbaresco. My view is that these Barbarescos might be better off with less time in oak, but the practical limitations of the cramped cellars make that a challenge."

Antonio Galloni, Vinous (11/19)