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This was opened only a few hours before e got to it around 8 pm. The nose is great with caperberry and sour berry fruit, menthol and meaty, some su... Read more
While there is plenty of cocoa scented oak on the nose this still smells fantastic with a sweet, perfumed, complex bouquet of licorice, balsamic to... Read more
This remains pubescently bright ruby. The nose is reticent directly from the bottle with sweet baking spices coming to the fore adding sweet licori... Read more
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Editorial Reviews for Rocche Dei Manzoni Barolo Rocche DOCG
This was opened only a few hours before e got to it around 8 pm. The nose is great with caperberry and sour berry fruit, menthol and meaty, some subtle and subdued oakky spice, lingonberry, very slightly roasted jamminess, some petroleum based lip balm - the mouth shows great integration, it is not surprisingly still rich and densely youthfull with chewy fruit, rigid strucutre, lots of chocolate here, some frying wood tannin yet to be integrated on the finish. this is a bit softer with lower acidity than the other arch traditional wines tonight but is maturingly very well and offers compelling proof that there is more than one way to make Barolo.
While there is plenty of cocoa scented oak on the nose this still smells fantastic with a sweet, perfumed, complex bouquet of licorice, balsamic tones, waxy lipstick and sweet cooked cherries. On the palate the wood tannin are obtrusive, big and bitter with a sweet, woody, chocolaty element buffering them but not leaving much room for the fruit to express itself. As I said at the time, it’s impossible to get where this is from. 2009-2022 86pts
This remains pubescently bright ruby. The nose is reticent directly from the bottle with sweet baking spices coming to the fore adding sweet licorice and subtle nutty oak tones before revealing light notes of cherries in alcohol with menthol and floral overtones. After 3 hours this was almost exoic on the nose with sweet corffee creme and spicy, dark toffeed notes to the pruny fruit turning smoky and slightly nutty with airing.On the palate this was round and opulent from the bottle with an intense wave of fruit upfront that yeilds to a very savory mineral/toasted spice laced midpalate. Very well balanced with refreshing acidity though the backend falls off rather quickly leading to a tight, cranberry tinged finish. At the table this retains a touch of sweetness up front and offers up lots of fruit but the tannins have grown in intensity and are a touch drying limiting the depth of the red currant fruit and accentuating the dark mineral and tar notes. This is not yet ready and needs time for the structure to be tamed though the oak has integrated quite wel. 2012-2025
This has a lovely and typical nose with good depth to the nuanced array of camphor, thistle, chalk and huckleberry. In the mouth this is soft and chewy with a mouthfilling presence to the flavors of cherry and mineral. Starting out just slightly austere this fills in well with light spice notes and incipient sweetness across the palate and into the long finish that ends with a flourish of porcini. at peak and holding it's a shame that this wine this was to be paired with was infinitely corked.
Tight on the nose at first with a matte palette of limestone, spice and mint notes that gain some truffle and dried floral tones yet remain quite low key. Polished and soft in the mouth with rich, slightly chewy dark cherry fruit but little nuance or detail. There's a touch of mineral and smoke on the finish but this is more about richness than complexity. 87pts
There are lots of bottles of this wine floating around. I have had bottles that were revelations, bottles that had been cooked to death, and bottles in-between. This was a bit in between tonight. A touch flat and shallow on the nose with nice elements that recall amaro with cinnamon and mint tones. In the mouth the wine retains a sweet core of fruit up front but the palate toughens considerably and while the solid acids maintain a level of freshness and brightness in the fruit, there are dark coffee tones that matte everything down a bit. The tannins smooth out with air but the wine remains short and chunky, and compact though with decent slightly roasted black raspberry fruit. The finish ends with a solid blast of cold coffee. Drinkable but uninspiring 83pts.
dark and almost opaque. this has al lovely elements on the nose, menthol, funghi, talc, a touch of wood that i have not noticed in previous bottles with some powdered sugar vanallin and bay leaf top notes. Juicy and sweetly fruited with a touch f spearmint adding freshness to the dark fruits. Voluptuous yet with spiky acidity on the finish this is not pristine yet the chewy, almost plummy fruit is rich and mouthfilling and offers sleek integration. A Delicious bottle none-the-less.
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