2017 Eugenio Bocchino Langhe Nebbiolo Roccabella
2017 Eugenio Bocchino Langhe Nebbiolo Roccabella Lying just outside the Barolo zone in the commune of Roddi, the 1.5ha Roccabella vineyard produces an exquisite Nebbiolo full of sweet tannins, dark fruit and silky texture. The ideal introduction to Italy’s most noble grape made in Bocchino’s signature old world style. This biodynamic 2017 wine comes from a single vineyard ‘Roccabella’, just outside the Barolo commune. At The Sourcing Table, we affectionately call it “Baby Barolo”, as it has all the aromatics, elegance, and purity of its more famous big brother, but is slightly less serious, and more approachable in its youth. Definitely one to try.
Cinzia and her husband Eugenio inherited her father’s estate in 1996. Their first vintage was minuscule – only 225 litres were produced – though it encouraged them to plant more vineyards and slowly grow to today’s humble 5.5 hectares.
They have worked biodynamically since the start, and farm livestock and other crops in addition to their vines. In the winery they only use indigenous yeasts, no new oak and the wines are neither clarified nor filtered. As a result, the wines are really quite open and approachable with beautifully managed tannins, emphasizing purity and elegance.