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Pietro Rocca, a 4th generation grower of vines in Barbaresco, started making his own wine under the estate name La Ca' Nova in the 1970s. The family owns plots in two famous sites in the area, including what has been called the top of the 'premier crus' à la Burgundy: Montestefano. Their style is classical, involving leisurely, wild yeast fermentation with the "cap" of skins kept submerged via wood planks; aging is in untoasted, 'neutral' 3000L Austrian oak, which is appropriate for not smothering a vibrant and expressive variety like Nebbiolo; and of course, the wines are not filtered.

Today, the wines are electric, with the firm grip of crisp tannin in the finish; and aromatically dominated by Nebbiolo's classic spiced, floral, and red-fruited character. Over the years they'll slowly mellow, becoming more aromatically complex and texturally softer. As with all youthful Barbarescos, give these a few hours to open up in the decanter; or hold them for another 4 years or more!


This is a pure, vibrant expression of Nebbiolo that has the concentrated core to unfurl detailed aromas over years in the cellar or a few hours in the decanter. The tannins are gently firm and fine-grained making this very approachable early on. It's also one of the good values in Piedmont!

ANTONIO GALLONI, VINOUS 94 POINTS - "The 2020 Barbaresco Montefico Vigna Bric Mentina is a very pretty wine that captures all the magic of this great site, but without all of the explosive tension of the very best years. I doubt that will matter much to most consumers, though. A beguiling mix of macerated cherry, rose petal, dried leaves and spice builds into vibrant, salivating finish..."
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