Bruno Rocca Barbaresco Maria Adelaide 2004 750ml
Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
Jancis Robinson 18.5
Bright garnet with strong brickish red rim. Utterly fragrant even though there is still plenty of sweet oak vanillin in evidence. The oak is more noticeable on the palate but even here the fragrant red fruit fills the mouth with fresh scent more than sweetness. Then there's also a dark liquorice note which adds depth and power. Firm, smooth, dry tannins. Already complex but so much more to come. Lovely label too - feather on black background.
Wine Advocate 95
The 2004 Barbaresco Maria Adelaide shows the level Rocca is capable of when a great vintage comes along, and make no mistake about it, the 2004 Maria Adelaide is a great Barbaresco. This deep, dark sensual wine emerges with beautifully integrated layers of ripe dark fruit, French oak, new leather, licorice and menthol in a regal expression of Nebbiolo from Barbaresco. The tannins are incredibly silky for such a young wine. The Maria Adelaide is a selection of the best fruit from Rocca-s various vineyards and he gives the wine a touch more new oak than his other Barbarescos. The 2004 Barbaresco is not to be missed. Drink: 2012 - 2024.