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To all Wine Exchangers,

They did it again.

Rocche Costamagna has delivered another remarkable Barolo value from one of Barolo’s most hallowed sites…and it’s probably their best one yet.

We’re not ‘crying wolf’, the numbers tell the story.

The 2010 Rocche Costamagna Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata we sold was 94 points. We sold 900 bottles.

The 2011 Rocche Costamagna Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata we sold was 95 points. We sold 850 bottles.

The 2012 Rocche Costamagna Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata we sold was 96 points. We sold 750 bottles.

The 2015 Rocche Costamagna Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata also just received 96 points and it’s here now.

How do they do it?  And at this price?

For those of you that don’t know or have forgotten the back story on this remarkable Barolo value, here’s the 411.

As with Burgundy, everyone in Barolo knows which vineyards are truly the best. The ‘Grand Crus’ stand out as a cut above, their rare combination of soil and exposure creating the most profound experiences one can have with Nebbiolo.

Antonio Galloni took it upon himself to kick start (again) the push for a classification of Barolo’s best vineyards with his own version of said classification for the zone.

Here’s Antonio Galloni’s picks for Barolo’s Top Ten vineyards:

Brea (Serralunga d'Alba)

Brunate (Barolo/La Morra)

Cerequio (Barolo/La Morra)

Falletto (Serralunga d'Alba)

Francia (Serralunga d'Alba)

Ginestra (Monforte d'Alba)

Monprivato (Castiglione Falletto)

Rocche di Castiglione

Rocche dell'Annunziata (La Morra)

Vigna Rionda (Serralunga d'Alba)
Legendary Barolo vintner Renato Ratti’s Original Classification back in 1979 had the following vineyards as 1st category:

Brunate (Barolo/La Morra)

Cannubi (Barolo)

Cerequio (Barolo/La Morra)

Gabutti (Serralunga)

Lazzarito (Serralunga d’Alba)

Marenca-Rivette (Serralunga d’Alba)

Monprivato (Castiglione Falletto)

Rocche di Castiglione

Rocche dell'Annunziata (La Morra)

Villero (Castiglione Falletto)

The two lists combined are certainly a veritable what’s what of the greatest vineyards in Barolo, with no ‘biggies’ left out.

However, there are only five vineyards that are considered by both Galloni and the legendary Renato Ratti (one of Barolo’s pioneering vintners who was innately familiar with the land) to be 1st Category, and one of those vineyards Rocche dell’Annuziata, is our subject for today.

Rocche dell’Annunziata is located in the commune of La Morra in Barolo, home to Barolos silkiest, full-bodied wines.

Antonio Galloni notes that the site, “…yields Barolos of finesse, Rocche dell'Annunziata is known for its striking, floral perfume (violets, roses), sweet spices, dark red fruit and silky tannins. These are gracious, feminine Barolos that tend to open up relatively early, but also age with grace. Rocche dell'Annunziata showcases the refined side of Barolo.”

Its exposure is perfect, it’s clay-based soils also perfect for La Morra, retaining extra water in this warmest of Barolo communes.

Besides Rocche Costamagna, three other, higher-profile producers are known worldwide for their wines from the Rocche dell’Annunziata.

Renato Ratti’s version sells for $100 a bottle

Paolo Scavino’s version sells for $150 a bottle

Roberto Voerzio’s version sells for $200 a bottle

You get the picture, wines from this special piece of dirt are expensive. Simple as that.

Without sounding like a broken record, the 2015 is, again, remarkably tasty wine that drinks well now with some meat but will settle in for a 15-20 year run in the cellar no problem.  It captures the warmth and spice of La Morra and the pedigree of Rocche dell’Annunziata and delivers both in a package that’s less than half of the competition.  Incredible.

James Suckling wrote it is, “Deliciously spiced red-cherry, blueberry, pink-grapefruit and pomegranate aromas with very attractive complexity already on release. The palate delivers a superb array of finely detailed tannins and impeccably concentrated red cherries that have pitch-perfect ripeness. This is impressive.  96 points.”

The best one yet! And still an absolute steal.  96 point ‘Grand Cru’ Barolo for only $37.98 while supplies last.

 

 

Rocche Costamagna Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata 2015
96 Points!  Deliciously spiced red-cherry, blueberry, pink-grapefruit and pomegranate aromas with very attractive complexity already on release. The palate delivers a superb array of finely detailed tannins and impeccably concentrated red cherries that have pitch-perfect ripeness. This is impressive. Try from 2023. - James Suckling, jamessuckling.com
ONLY $36.98

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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