Barbaresco comes in many shapes. You have the super-exclusive versions wrapped-up in toasty oak, and you have the complete opposite, aka sadly bland wines not even carrying a shadow of a great Nebbiolo. Well, we’re happy that we stumbled upon Marco Rocca at La Ca Növa, as his wines represent stunning quality at bargain prices across the board. Marco’s Barbaresco is a seductive Nebbiolo, true to its origin and if this sturdy variety ever can be described as “feminine”, then this is it.
This site produce a very different wine, compared to the more backward and tight Montestefano bottling, as it exposure to the sun is more generous and its soils slightly different. In our opinion, this gorgeous Barbaresco, exemplifies why Nebbiolo is a unique grape variety. The handling of tannins is done to perfection here and the impressive mid-palate is lush and sexy, while acidity and minerality create liveliness on the lengthy finish. When encountering this wine for the very first time, we immediately became friends for life.
“Montestefano is known for ample, rich Barbarescos, which is exactly what readers will find here”, is how Antonio Galloni describes this masterpiece. While we agree with his professional assessment, we would like to add depth and longevity as well. This wine provides serious backbone for cellaring, but as Marco’s idea of tannins means seductive sweetness, it’s accessible young as well. It’s very difficult to obtain serious quality from the tricky Nebbiolo grape, but we dare you to compare this bottling with basically anything else available in the marketplace.
Entirely hand-harvested from the single vineyard “Loreto. 12 day fermentation in stainless steel tanks with pumping over 2-4 times a day. Aged 12 months in 3000L oak casks, then aged 6 months in bottle. Smooth, full-bodied, well-balanced intense fruit. 7,000 bottles produced.
Everybody knows that Nebbiolo is a tricky grape variety. It demands attention. It needs a good spot. Well, these fundamentals aren’t news to anybody in the business, and still so many poor examples are available, even from renowned producers. La Ca Növa doesn’t need to bother, as their Langhe Nebbiolo fulfills all our everyday Piedmontese cravings, and propels desires to taste their high-end stuff.