NEW RELEASE : 2019 Barolo, Rocche dell'Annunziata, Renato Corino - one of the very best

NEW RELEASE : 2019 Barolo, Rocche dell'Annunziata, Renato Corino - one of the very best

NEW RELEASE:
2019 Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata, Renato Corino

One of the very best

£240 per 6 bottle case in bond

I will come straight to the point here: I think Renato Corino’s Barolo, Rocche dell’Annunziata is routinely one of the outstanding values in any Barolo vintage. The 2019 is exceptional.

1. Rocche dell’Annunziata ranks as one of the greatest vineyards not just of La Morra but of the whole of Barolo – it is considered equivalent to a Grand Cru (if you wanted to apply a Burgundian term). It possesses a long history, dating back beyond 1194, when it was the property of the Benedictine Abbey of San Martino in the village of La Morra. So many growers own a small part of this 30-hectare vineyard, which goes some way to justify its importance – it is no coincidence that the estates of Bartolo Mascarello, Paolo Scavino, Roberto Voerzio, Mauro Veglio or Lorenzo Accomasso, amongst others, all have holdings here. Rocche dell’Annunziata lies at 300 metres above sea level and comprises south, south-east and south-west facing slopes, where the vineyards are based on calcareous clay, almost chalky white on the higher parts of the slope, with a high proportion of silt. This soil composition is said to lead to the striking perfume and silky textural character common to the wines of this Cru.

2. The 2019 vintage is a notable success for Renato, and I would place it as high, if not higher, than any other vintage I have tasted at this address before. I think the style of Renato’s wines often benefits from that touch of austerity you find in more classic-natured vintages. For further comments on this theme and the 2019 vintage, please follow this link to my Vintage Report. To me, Renato’s Barolo typify the qualities I associate with the commune of La Morra: a certain silkiness on the palate and a softness of texture that combine to create a sense of accessibility not common to many Barolo districts, while possessing a generous ripeness of fruit. His generic Barolo, ‘del Comune di La Morra’,  is often one of the great values of the region, while the ‘Rocche’ itself delivers what you would expect from such a highly revered vineyard. It continues to amaze me that there are certain estates in Barolo that deliver great quality, continue to be well-reviewed by major critics, and yet remain stubbornly under the radar. The plus side to this is that their release prices remain keen, even in outstanding vintages.
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2019 Barolo, Rocche dell’Annunziata, Renato Corino
£240 per 6 bottle case in bond (remarkably, this is the same price as it has been since 2016!)

My note:
It is hard not to be impressed by the stunning aromatics here, all floral notes, and juicy dark fruits. That soft-textured fruit which is a hallmark of Renato’s wines is beautifully expressed, dark cherry, mint, creamy vanilla and a touch of tobacco leaf or black tea. This wine reveals fine complexity even at this young stage and promises so much more as there is a fine balance between generous, wonderfully ripe fruit and the tautness of the structure. Those tangy blood orange and pomegranate notes render the fruit captivating. The freshness lends focus and length, and fine-grained tannins are veiled by copious fruit. This Rocche has such class - a really fine expression. I wouldn’t be surprised to see this rank as one of the very best from this fine estate. (SL) 2029-2041.


95 points, Antonio Galloni
The 2019 Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata is a gorgeous wine from Renato Corino. Bright and effusive, with captivating aromatic presence, the 2019 is all charm. Succulent dark cherry, cinnamon, blood orange, new leather, spice, sweet pipe tobacco and a kiss of French oak all meld together in a sumptuous Barolo that is all charm. In 2019, Corino opted to not make a Riserva, so all the barrels went into this bottling. Give the 2019 a few years to come together in bottle. 2027-2039.
 
I have followed this wine over a dozen or so vintages and it has proven remarkably consistent. Visiting Renato, his partner Liliana, and son Stefano is easily one of the highlights of any trip to Barolo – their opinions are always informative, their welcome always warm and their wines routinely outstanding. What more can I say.
 
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All the best,
 
Simon

 
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