2011 Rocche dell'Annunziata Andrea Oberto
Again tauter darker, blackberry and plum fruit, some spice and liquorice but tightly wound. Palate is fleshy and rich with dark berry fruit, liquorice, spice and coffee, mineral core, ripe rich tannins, bright acidity, decent length. L&S (Nov 2015)
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Slightly more forward, lacier, riper black cherry, blackberry fruit, almost sweet, mint, roses, wood and tar. Palate is more feathered, less power, but still concentrated, black fruit, mint, tar, earth, floral with layered minerality, great balance a joy. L&S (Mar 2015)
A beautiful wine with ripe fruit and light cream and spice. Full body, chewy yet fine tannins and a long and intense finish. A great wine. Needs at least three or four years to soften. Rating: 95-95 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Apr 2015)
Oberto's 2011 Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata captures all the signatures of this site from its floral, perfumed aromatics to red-fleshed fruit and silky, polished tannins, all delivered with the feminine sensuality that is the truest essence of what Rocche is all about. Freshly cut roses, mint and vivid red berries grace the super-expressive finish. In my view, Rocche is Oberto's flagship. The 2011 has come together quite nicely since I last tasted in barrel. Drinking range: 2016 - 2029 Rating: 93-93 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Mar 2015)
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."
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