1997 Bruno Rocca, Barbaresco, Rabaja (RT91) An initial kick of power hits the senses with a potent punch of oaked-infused fruit, this is bordering on Barolo-like with its masculinity and concentration. Shows a solid core of slightly evolved red fruit with hints of classic Rabaja terroir, while there isn’t any oak-induced vanilla on the bouquet, there is a decided woodiness to the wine as barrique-induced coarse tannins take hold, leaving little doubt this wine remains seriously young and in need of many more years of cellaring. Gives the impression it should reach its peak drinking window in 5-10 years. Drink 2012-2027+ Tasted November 2007