Wine name:Barbaresco Montersino
Zone:San Rocco Seno d'Elvio (Alba)
Vineyard extension (hectares):0.42
Vineyard age (year of planting):Nebbiolo 1998
Soil Type:calcarous, clayey, with layers of sand and of sandstone with grey shades and with bluish tuff veins
Altitude:310 meters above sea level
Nose:fruity, red fruit, floral
Flavour:fresh, fruity, elegant
Serving temperature (°C):16-18
Match with:pasta with meat sauce, seasoned cheese
Average no. bottles/year:2,600
Grape yield per hectare tons:6.8
Since the 2012 vintage the grapes of the Montersino cru are vinified separately from the ones that go into the Barbaresco without an additional geographical indication. This wine was a choice of our father and of Carlo Castellengo in order to enhance the character of another zone which is different from the Ronchi cru and from the Ovello Vigna Loreto cru.
Vinification and ageing
Fermentation and maceration with the skins for 15/20 days in steel vats with temperature control (28-30 degrees C). The wine matures in large oak casks of Austrian/German oak (20 Hectolitre capacity) for 20 months. Finishing in the bottle for 5 months.
Address:Strada Ronchi, 18 12050 Barbaresco CN
Year of establishment:1960
Total annual production:100000
Total vineyard extension (hectares):18
Planted varietals and extension (hectares):3.5ha Barbera 0.1ha Cabernet franc 1.5ha Chardonnay 1ha Cortese 2.5ha Dolcetto 2.5ha Moscato bianco 7ha Nebbiolo
Vine training system:
Cultivation method in the vineyard:grass is left on the aisles between the rows of vines
Type of viticulture:The Green Experience - low environmental impact
Harvest period:beginning of September, mid October
Agronomist: Carlo Castellengo
Oenologist:Carlo Castellengo and Paola Rocca
We will all miss Angelo Rocca very much after his tragic death: he was not only a great winemaker, he was also a great person, a great friend and he was great fun to be with! Wine has been bottled at this estate for four generations by the Rocca family and now Angelo's son in law Carlo and his three daughters Paola, Monica and Daniela continue making very fine red and white wines.
Three vineyards contribute to the production of the Nebbiolo grapes that go into the making of the lovely Barbaresco: Vigna Loreto (within the larger cru of Ovello), Ronchi and Montersino all remarkable crus of the appellation. Vineyards in S. Rocco Seno d'Elvio were purchased from Carlo: from these a Moscato d’Asti and a Barbaresco “base” (together with grapes from the younger vines of the Ronchi and Ovello crus) are made.
The estate also offers small quantities of fruity Dolcetto and Barbera and a unique barrel fermented, stout bodied, rich still zesty flavoured white wine from the Cortese grape, a fresh and fruity Chardonnay with interesting mineral notes and a pleasant red (a blend of Nebbiolo, Barbera and Cabernet Franc) called "Rosso di Rocca". The latest release is Barbaresco “Angelo”, made from grapes of the Ovello, Ronchi and Montersino crus and vinified in a traditional way, a tribute of Paola, Monica and Daniela to their father. These are all exceptional wines that not only reflect the unique terroir they stem from, but also the passion of this talented family as acknowledged by the Italian and international specialised press.
2013 vintage: Wine Enthusiast 93/100, Vitae 2017 (Guide of the Italian Sommelier Association) 4 vines (maximum award)