This week we are featuring the 2016 vintage of Rocche Costamagna Barolo “Rocche Dell'Annunziata.” We offered this wine about a year ago when this vintage was first released in Massachusetts. Since then, a few more stellar reviews have come out, none to my surprise! With the 2017 vintage due to arrive soon, we realized we had about 15 six-bottle cases left and thought this was the perfect time to offer them for sale again. Some of you may have already purchased this wine and want to restock or if you missed this offer last winter, now is a chance to purchase some at the same low price. DOCG Barolo must be aged for at least two years in barrel and one additional year in bottle, but most will age them much longer than that. This wine is now about five years old and still could use a few more years in the bottle. The 2016 vintage in Barolo was excellent; Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate gave this vintage in Barolo an overall rating of 97 points!
We have had the pleasure of sharing the Barolos of Rocche Costamagna since their 2004 vintage. The characteristics of the wines have changed over the years, with the softer elegance of the early years giving way to a wine with more weight and spice, but the exceptional value has not changed. Everyone, including the press, continues to be impressed with these Barolos, and they receive 90 plus scores in every vintage.
The winery at Rocche Costamagna was built in 1814, on a beautiful hillside, in the town of La Morra. Prior to 1841, the wines at Rocche Costamagna were produced for the family's own enjoyment. Since that time, the wines have been offered to the public for everyone to enjoy. Through the years, the winery has faced many trials, including political upheaval and world wars, which shut down the winery. In the 1960’s, commercial operations were started again. In the mid 1980’s, Alessandro Locatelli, whose picture is shown, began managing the winery. Under his leadership, Rocche Costamagna developed some of the most prestigious vineyards in La Morra, including Rocche dell’Annunziata.
Together with Brunate, Cerequio and La Serra, Rocche dell’Annunziata is one of the four historic vineyards in La Morra, a major commune in Barolo. This is where some of the highest scoring wines in the entire DOCG of Barolo are produced!
With prices for top Barolo consistently topping $100.00 per bottle, Rocche Costamagna is a tremendous value. Fans of great Italian wines will not want to miss out on this one which is available in six bottle cases.
95 Points – JamesSuckling.com
“Ripe plums with peaches and tile, as well as light coffee and autumnal-leaf character. Medium to full body, round and chewy tannins and a rich, flavorful finish. Beautiful, creamy tannins. Better after 2023 and onwards.” – James Suckling
94 Points - Vinous
"The 2016 Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata is a classic wine from this site. Fresh and vibrant, with superb depth, the Rocche shows just how appealing the vintage is. Dark cherry, spice, mocha, cedar and leather build in the glass. More than anything else, I am so impressed with the wine's depth and dimension. The 2016 Rocche is one of the best Barolos I have tasted from Rocche Costamagna." – Antonio Galloni
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