The Rocche del'Annunziata feels like a wine from a harder, whiter soil than the Brunate. The nose is yet more focused, ripe but lifted, floral. The whole is lean, keen, linear. Without the breadth and weight on palate of the Brunate, perhaps, but it makes up for this with its unwavering purity of line from start to finish, a wonderful seamless beauty. Less obvious but with a sort of intellectual charm. Drinking from 2016, with at least ten years to go after that.
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Mediterranean herbs and coffee with brooding aromas of plum and black cherry. Big palate of ripe, juicy fruit flavours with a firm underlying structure. Impressive aromas to finish.
90+ Decanter Magazine (Feb 2015)
A beautifully balanced, refined 2010 Barolo with integrated tannins, a medium to full body and a savory finish. Better after 2015 but already delicious.
91/100 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Apr 2014)
La Morra. Mid ruby with orange tinges. More open knit and fruit driven on the nose than the Brunate. Multilayered. Ripe strawberry fruit with the beginning of maturation. Elegant palate weight and fine acidity turning up on the finish. The powerful finish comes as a surprise.
16.5 Walter Speller, www.jancisrobinson.com (Mar 2014)
The 2010 Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata is a cut above the rest. Freshly cut flowers, sweet red berries, licorice and mint are all woven together in a classy, perfumed Barolo laced with gorgeous finesse. The characteristic aromatic, floral notes and silky tannins are very much present in this silky, polished Barolo. Oberto's 2010 captures the essence of this site. 2016-2025
93/100 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Jan 2014)
Deep ruby red, with hints of pale orange. On the nose, blossoms and spice blend with toasty oak in impressive, elegant harmony. The tannins are unusually forward for the Rocche dell'Annunziata cru, but the wine, as always, displays a perfect balance between power and elegance.
Delicious with red meat, wild game and strong blue cheeses.
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A small family run business based in La Morra, over sixteen hectares of vineyards and producing ten wines. The Barolos come from a production area encompassing eleven towns, including the famous 'crus' of Brunate, Rocche, and Albarella. The wines are beautifully focused and age well, although immensely approachable in their youth.
In the words's of Fabio Oberto:
"The Andrea Oberto winery’s origins are humble in fact everything began in 1959 when my grandfather bought a farmhouse in La Morra. At that time the farmers could not survive with just one crop, therefore, my grandfather earned a living growing peaches, grapes and raising cows. However in the family business there was enough work for everyone and this is the reason why my father, Andrea, when he became adult, decided to leave his family in order to start working for a big company as truck driver. Andrea came back to La Morra just in 1978 when his father died. He inherited the family’s land and he began managing the farm. Over the years wine has become a popular product and this encouraged many farmers, like Andrea to focus solely on vine growing. At the beginning part of the grapes was sold to cooperatives and another part was transformed into wine which was sold bulk to private customers. Devoting all of his time and energies in order to realize his dream, Andrea transformed a small farm into a wine company with sixteen hectares as well as a wine production of 100.000 bottles of prestigious wine which today is sold worldwide."
To some Barolo represents the very pinnacle of Italian wine. The majestic ethereal character appeals to the senses in a similar way to red Burgundy, even if the style of the wines is utterly different. This is the intense and seductive world of Nebbiolo, where solid tannins vie unexpectedly well with delicate fruit, and where age unwinds ever more complex flavours. Contrast in this case a trio each from the traditional Podere Luigi Einaudi and the slightly more open style of Andrea Oberto. Whilst the straight Barolo Andrea Oberto and the Terlo from Luigi Einaudi might be intended for slightly earlier drinking, nothing in this case won't benefit from a little more age.
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