1997 Albino Rocca, Barbaresco, Bric Ronchi (RT94) Among the very best examples of this wine I’ve had, it was impressive this evening. The bouquet was highly expressive, super ripe and exotic, in many way reminding me of the Cortese Rabaja as potent violets, red raspberry, cherry and hazelnuts with a hint of leather create a complex aromatic profile. Beautifully balanced and quite complete, the tannins have come to the point where they’ve begun to soften and integrate leaving a wonderfully resolved overall feel to the wine. Despite the barrique aging, the oak is well integrated. A most excellent showing and as fine a bottle of this wine as I’ve had. Il Bricco took this flight by the narrowest of margins. Drink 2012-2027 Tasted November 2007