Rocca Bruno Barbaresco Docg 2016 Rabaja
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The Bruno Rocca 2016 Barbaresco is a gorgeous wine that reveals impeccable balance, ongoing intensity and elegance, which accompany the wine from the start and continue straight through its long finish. The mouthfeel is buoyant and bright, yet there is a solid base of firm fruit and tannic backbone on the close. This is a buttoned-up and firmly etched expression of Nebbiolo from one of the most talented producers in Barbaresco. Great job, Bruno. He knocked out 15,426 of these beauties.
Orange peel, spice, rosewater and sweet red berry fruit add layers of complexity, but I don't see the volume or resonance of Rabajà. Moreover, I find the 2016 lacking in energy, while the lack of fruit exposes the tannins. Let me be clear, most producers would be quite happy with a wine like this, but at this address, the 2016 is an underachiever.