Again, 2005 is a very good underrated vintage, but not a classic one and the vintage is generally drinkable relatively early. It is less heavy on tannins and a little cooler vintage that usually offers a lot freshness.
Colour: Transparent dark ruby red with white edges.
Nose: A beautiful, fresh scent of a more typically classic floral fragrances of intense roses, lilies, loads of menthol, boysenberry jam, some tar, leather, delicate orange peel, Asian herbs and some fine tuned, limestone minerals. A little oak but it doesn’t disturb the impression on the nose, rather it enhances the complexity in a good way really. A very fresh and complex modern nose with classic barolo notes!
Taste: Starts up with sourish raspberries, wild strawberries and then the mid palate offers ginger, blood orange, pastry, tar, delicate metals, minerals and finishes with truffle and under vegetation. Unfortunately and sadly, in my opinion they have covered all these wonderful aromas in too much new, sweet oak. Lacks a little concentration too, but structure is slim and typically round and smooth as always from this producer. Balance is actually impressive. Texture is fine-sandy almost silky but with bite and still just a little too heavy in the end.
I have tasted older Rocche di Castiglione from this producer through the years; 1997, 2001 and I cannot recall having experienced this level of excessive oak before in their wines. Rumours has given me the impression that they have been cutting down on new oak in the last year, but now I am confused and my gut feeling tells me that it may be the other way around, unless this change happened after 2005 that is. Even though I would prefer a little more concentration, it is sad to realize that if they had only been more careful with new oak, they would have ended up with a truly great wine with a lot of complex flavours, smooth, silky texture with fantastic balance and more importantly offering the very special terroir of Castiglione-Falletto and a much higher score from me. Open 2015-2030. Costs about €90.