Rocche Dei Manzoni Barolo Rocche DOCG 2008
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 86ptsAdd winemaker's notes
Editorial Reviews for Rocche Dei Manzoni Barolo Rocche DOCG
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
Aromatically this is just beautiful, filled with focused licorice, herb, and bitter aromas of chinato, rhubarb and beet root with a hint of vanilla and a wonderful sweet edge to the slightly candied, herb inflected black cherry fruit. Opening with a slightly creamy edge that is followed by big biter black fruits, this then turns austere and medicinal in the mouth with bitter cherry, prune and carob flavors driving through the modest finish. I love the complexity here, though the flavor profile and touch of oak might not appeal to many. It’s nicely balanced with a nice tannic bite on the backend. Feminine in a voluptuous way. 93pts
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 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.
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.
At decanting: warm, Beefy and ketchup on the nose with a certain sweetness. Quite Burgundian in the mouth with forest floor and faint red fruit flavors. Wow, man meets woman, lots of cigar box, ash and perfume on the nose makes this very interesting and attractive to smell. While very smooth and well layered texturally, this shows a real high acid streak and is a bit dried out, with some wood tannin still in evidence. At this pint in its life it’s pretty perfumed oak water. 76pts
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.