Robert Parker 96
The 2009 Barolo Rocche is a solid, unwavering expression that brings the intensity meter even higher. Sweet red fruit, licorice, leather and moist pipe tobacco are some of the many layers that peel back from the bouquet. The balance, structure and persistence of the wine are all superb. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2036. If forced to inhabit a desert island that only served the wines of a single producer, I would want Luca Currado to be that supplier. He excels at everything he does from his castle perch at the heart of Castiglione Falletto. Despite the difficult 2009 season, his wines remain extraordinary. In fact, they are among the best I tasted from the vintage. Importer: Dalla Terra Winery Direct, Napa, CA; tel. (707) 259-5405
Anticipated maturity: 2016-2036
(this wine macerated for 45 days): Good deep red. Reticent but pure aromas of strawberry, raspberry, mocha and tobacco, with hints of dried fruits. Rich but very backward, even clenched, today, with firm acidity and a strong tannic structure calling for a good decade of cellaring. Most impressive today on the very long, resounding finish, where the tannins currently cut off the fruit.