Roccheviberti Barolo DOCG Rocche de Castiglione 2012

Single-vineyard Barolo, 'Rocche di Castiglione'. Characterized by large, sharp limestone blocks within the more clay heavy marl soil known as "Helvetian". Minerality & floral aroma. Balance. Structure
SKU: 2631
$74.50

Details

Details

Rocche di Castiglione

A single-vineyard Barolo, 'Rocche di Castiglione' is one of the smallest and most renowned vineyards of the entire Barolo area. Located at an altitude of 300-350 meters above sea level, this “Cru” (Registered single vineyard) consists of a number of small, steep vineyard properties, and forms a long narrow strip along the side of a very steep hill with an east-southeast exposition. The lower part of this long strip of earth, which is about 1.5 Km long and 60-70 meters high, sits on a cliff (“rocche”) that in some places drops as much as 150 meters to the Perno river at the bottom. It is characterized by large, sharp limestone blocks mixed in with the marl soil typical of the Eastern side of the Barolo appellation, known as "Helvetian soils" and producing the more structured, long aging and complex wines.
These characteristics give the wines of Rocche unique, well-defined aromas of floral and mineral compounds, softer tannins than the rest of the Helvetian zone resulting in excellent balance, and a distinctive elegance. An "iron fist in a velvet glove". The vines of the Rocche vineyard have a median age of about 30 years and is dedicated exclusively to Nebbiolo for Barolo DOCG production.

The wine undergoes a traditional stainless steel fermentation using indigenous yeasts with 20 day maceration on the skins at controlled temperature. It is then aged for 2/3 years in neutral large French oak barrels, before spending an extra year in bottle.

Additional Info

Additional Info

Farming Standard sustainable
Winemaker Claudio Viberti
Producer Roccheviberti
Alcohol 13.50
ml 750
Residual Sugar (g/L) 1.00
Acidity (g/l) 5.50
Closure Cork
Cellar Potential very long term (30 years)
Grape Variety 100% - Nebbiolo
Body medium
Sweetness dry
region Piedmont

Region

Piedmont


Piemonte, in English commonly called Piedmont, capital city Turin, is surrounded on three sides by the Alps, hence the name, "at the foot of the mountains..."


This region is home to the most distinguished wines in Italy, grown from the grape variety Nebbiolo. These wines are typically named for the municipalities where they grow, although the demarcated zones include wines grown in neighboring communes as well: Barolo, Barbaresco, Gattinara, Carema, Ghemme, Langhe, etc. are the names one learns to look for.


Other red varieties of interest are the Barbera and the Dolcetto. The latter of these, as its name suggests, has a winning sweetness to it, while the Barbera does in fact feature a rather barbed element of pointed acidity, though it's not particularly tannic. And then there's Asti--in addition to powerful red wines, this town is home to the generously flavored low-alcohol Moscato d'Asti, and the frequently mass-produced sparkling wine formerly known as Asti Spumante.


White wine grapes include Arneis, Cortese and Malvasia. Piemonte is home to 42 DOCs and 15 DOCGs.

Subregion

Langhe


The 'Langhe' is a South wine producing district of the Italian region of Piemonte, located in the North West of the country bordering France and Switzerland. Although not the most historical, today it is considered the most famous and significant wine area of the region, thanks in large part to the reputation built by wines such as Barolo DOCG and Barbaresco DOCG, considered the "king" and "queen" of Northern Italian wine.

The district produces a huge array of wines that span from everyday approachable Dolcetto, to the medium body and versatile Barbera and ending with the noble, complex and long aging Nebbiolo based wines that will carry the name of the village where they originated (Barolo, Barbaresco, Roero...).

Besides these 3 we also find a production of white wines with the Arneis grape, some Chardonnay and international varietals such as Merlot. The focus is on mono-varietal indigenous expressions of wine, divided between more "modern" producers with 'fruitier' and softer wines and the "traditional" set of wineries with wines more towards 'earthier' characteristics. The terroir (environment...) here is very complex.

Indeed the district contains more than 300 registered single vineyards that are bottled in exclusivity to showcase the minute variations of the landscape, micro climates, soil types and expositions.