2012 Vietti Barolo Rocche

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Wine Critic Reviews for 2012 Vietti Barolo Rocche

Wow. The rose petal aroma is gorgeous with ripe strawberry and cherry undertones. Full body, dense and powerful. Chewy and rich tannins. Lasts for minutes on the palate. Best in 2022 but already stunning.

James Suckling | 97 JS
The 2012 Barolo Rocche di Castiglione is one of the bigger, richer wines in the lineup, which is a bit atypical. Readers should expect a huge, dramatic Rocche built on power, intensity and volume. At the same time, the Rocche is incredibly precise and layered. It is that very interplay of richness and finesse that makes the Rocche so alluring. Rose petal, mint and sweet red berries build to a crescendo of aromas, flavors and textures that takes over all the senses.

Vinous Media | 95+ VM
One of most prestigious MGAs in whole of Barolo, know for its finesse and fragrance, and its unusual white soils. This is the only one of the three tasted here that truly should not be opened yet, even with a good few hours carafing. Do yourself a serious favour and hold off for a few more years to allow the rose petal fragrance to really unfurl. Already it is clear that this is going to be a beautiful wine, made traditionally with almost three years in Slovenian oak. Intense and textured.

Decanter | 95 DEC
Of Vietti's new releases, this wine is most definitely the most shut down and less expressive at this young stage. The 2012 Barolo Rocche di Castiglione will require many years of bottle aging before it comes into its own. In general, many of the Barolo protagonists are sluggish in this vintage and this is a common theme. The bouquet moves slowly to release dark fruit, dried cherry, tobacco, grilled herb and pressed blue flowers. The mouth is powerful and determined, however, with solid structure and a tight build. Put this bottle at the back of your cellar.

Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 94 RP
A textbook young Barolo, this evokes cherry, leather, tar, white pepper and iron aromas and flavors, accented by eucalyptus and earth notes. Dense and beefy, featuring a long, sanguine-tinged aftertaste. Best from 2021 through 2036. 300 cases made.

Wine Spectator | 94 WS

More Information
Vintage 2012
Color Red
Country Italy: What are the first things that come to mind when thinking about Italy and Italian culture? There's one thing that nearly everyone tends to mention, it's the food - and where there's fine food, there is almost always fine wine. Italy is the most prolific wine region in the world, outclassing even France in terms of production quantity. Even if you're a complete wine novice, you have almost certainly heard of names such as Barolo and Barbaresco, Italy's most famous wine styles. When it comes to soil composition and other geographical characteristics, Italy offers a lot of diversity, and this never fails to show in the wines themselves.
Producer Vietti: Vietti has been producing mouth-watering wines since the start of the 20th century, although its presence was known even before that. They're often credited as the winery that popularized the Arneis grape varietal, which now sees representation even in the United States. Piemonte's cultural footprint wouldn't be the same without the inclusion of Vietti, a fact that gets proven each year, thanks to the winery's astounding consistency. No matter what your taste in wine is, there's a Vietti out there that could spark the flame of your imagination. Some prefer the beautifully dry, flower-infused, lemon-kissed Arneis, while others dream about Vietti's deep, potent Dolcetto d'Alba and its enchanting cocktail of lush berry aromatics. Join us on a journey of discovery as we unearth the secrets behind Vietti's enormous success.
Rating 97 JS
Region Piedmont: Italian culture values the unbreakable bond we share with family and very few things showcase that connection quite like a shared meal. Therefore, it's only natural that wine would also take its place as an important cultural aspect. Fine Italian produce always goes well with a variety of dishes, and that makes these wines an incredibly popular choice among wine enthusiasts who appreciate a good get-together. The foothills of the Alps help define this region's significantly colder, continental winter climate, but during the summer, the conditions are similar to the region of Burgundy. Flavor-wise, this region has a mind-boggling variety to offer. Not only is there a healthy selection of approved grapes to work with, but the soil often varies from estate to estate, letting every wine stand out. Expect to encounter powerful notes of rose petal flavor, spices, cherries, dried herbs, anise, and many more. Every bottle has a story to tell. Those of you with a tendency to hoard and collect fine wines will be especially intrigued, as Piedmont wines tend to mature extremely well, developing nuance and becoming more and more delicious as time goes on.
Type of Wine Barolo: Barolo have cemented their spot as one of Italy's most famous and desirable achievements, decorating the cellars of every serious wine collector. While the grape they're made from is rather dark and dusty-looking, the elixir that comes from this varietal is an almost crystal clear, light red, like a pair of seductive lips glistening in the candlelight.
Varietal Nebbiolo
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