2015 Rocche dell'Annunziata Andrea Oberto
The Rocche is higher toned, really pretty strawberry, cherry fruit, floral and lifted. Fuller fruit ripeness is apparent on the palate, quite rich actually, greater structure, still refined, a core of rich tannins, sleek, with lovely flow, very classy. You can definitely feel its breeding. Drinking range: 2021 - 2035 L&S (Jan 2019)
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Complex aromas of plums, cedar, dried flowers and leather follow through to a full body, chewy tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Needs three or four years to come around. Try in 2023. Drinking range: 2023 - Rating: 95 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Jun 2019)
The 2015 Barolo Rocche dell’Annunziata is floral and nicely lifted, with plenty of the perfumed, red berry notes that are so typical of this La Morra site. Silky tannins and mid-weight structure add to the wine’s gracious, lifted personality. Andrea Oberto's Barolos typically drink well with minimal cellaring, but the Rocche appears to still be recovering from its bottling a few months ago. I would give it a bit of time in bottle. Drinking range: 2020 - 2030 Rating: 92 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Feb 2019)
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.
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.
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