Notes from North Berkeley Imports:
"Winemaker Giancarlo Rocca and now four generations of the Rocca clan live in a house built by the family, surrounded by ‘Ronchi’ cru vines. This natural amphitheater not only captures the sun to push Nebbiolo to perfect ripeness but also is stunningly picturesque.
The “Ronchi” cru runs along the eastern edge of the appellation, near the historic town of Neive. Bordered by ‘Montestefano’ to the north, where Nebbiolo shows a deep complexity and elegant tannins, and ‘Moccagatta’ (Muncagota) to the south, the source of silky Nebbiolo with delicate yet intense perfumes, ‘Ronchi’ combines the best of all these attributes in a wine that is deliciously unforgettable.
A juicy, joyful red that is exactly what you want with savory stews or air-dried salami. Barbera fruit grown near the family’s cru ‘Ronchi’ vineyard is plum-heady, wonderfully silky. Aged in a combination of French oak barrels and traditional “botti,” this Barbera is also a step above most “basic” bottlings. In Piedmontese dialect, “terlé” means to be emotionally thrilled, to be intensely moved by joyful events. Such as a friend pouring you a glorious glass of Barbera!"