2010 Rocche dell'Annunziata Andrea Oberto
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. L&S (Jun 2014)
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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. Drinking range: 2020 - 2035 Rating: 90+ Decanter Magazine(Feb 2015)
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. Winemaker's notes(Oct 2014)
A beautifully balanced, refined 2010 Barolo with integrated tannins, a medium to full body and a savory finish. Better after 2015 but already delicious. Rating: 91-91 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. Rating: 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 Rating: 93-93 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com(Jan 2014)
A small family run winery and vineyard based in La Morra, The Obertos have sixteen hectares of vineyards and produce a brilliant 'village' Barolo as well as 2 from the different 'crus' of Rocche dell'Annunziata and Albarella. The wines are beautifully focused and age well, although immensely approachable in their youth as there is a deliciously juicy and generous feel that runs through all the wines.
The Andrea Oberto winery’s origins are humble in fact everything began in 1959 when Andrea's father bought a farmhouse in La Morra. At that time the farmers could not survive with just one crop, therefore, he earned a living growing peaches, grapes and raising cows. However, in the family business there was enough work for everyone and so Andrea, when he became adult, decided to leave the farm and started working for a big company as truck driver. Andrea came back (Thankfully!) to La Morra in 1978 when his father died. He inherited the family’s land and he began managing the farm. He soon began to focus solely on vine growing. At the beginning the grapes were sold to cooperatives with some sold locally to friends and family. Devoting all of his time and energies to the family farm Andrea's talents soon became clear, and the small farm quickly morphed into a wine company with sixteen hectares of their own wines and brilliant cellar.
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