2007 Albino Rocca, Barbaresco Vigneto Brich Ronchi
Colour: Very dark ruby red with white edges.
Nose: A distinct scent of austere oak in the beginning that made me really worried due to my obvious preference for transparent wines, but very fortunately it changes a lot after an hour and then showing some gravel, solvent, tiny notes of worn leather, rosemary herbs, distinct and unexpected fresh scent of hand soap, lavender, blue-red flowers and fine tuned, quiet metallic minerals.
Taste: A mid palate of oak, anise, licorice, balsam, fir-needle, actually tiny soap, sourish ripe red fruits, cola, mint, orange peel, a little saline and fine tuned minerals. Texture is sandy, but tannins are still a little heavy and structure is quite slim medium-bodied. Sadly, all is covered in too much new oak. A very promising energetic acidity. Texture is sandy with very dense, fat tannins that build quite a powerful structure, completely weightless though. Alcohol is a little high but doesn’t disturb anything.
The clear impression is flowery bath soap nose, the unusual lavender twist, flower fragrances and new oak. Acidity really needs to calm down further, but unfortunately, they have covered everything in way too much new oak.