(2012 Vintage) In the 1920s the Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta dreamt of creating a ‘thoroughbred’ wine and for him, as for all the aristocracy of the time, the ideal was Bordeaux. This is how he described it in a letter to the esteemed wine critic, Luigi Veronelli dated 11 June 1974:
Tasted by gsj34 on 2/4/2012 & rated 98 points: Drank this at Post Hotel in Lake Louise, AB for S/Es 40th birthday. Decanted for 45 minutes, could have used quite a bit more but did open up nicely and continue to evolve after an hour. Dark ruby. Nose of dark fruit, cigar box, violets, menthol, spice. Very balanced, great mouthfeel with good medium acidity and medium plus tannins that have really started to integrate, particularly after some time in the decanter. Flavour profile matches the nose, with sour dark cherry, currents, blackberry, plums, menthol, cedar, cigar box and some vegetation. It really does have it all going on. Also, the finish seems to go on forever. My SE could not believe how long the flavours remained. My overall comment at the time that it was the perfect glass of wine... Simply outstanding. (1059 views)
Integrated and still very fresh. An intricate path along a forest trail- scents of wet leaves, wafting forest berries, violets and rich earth completed by a sense of deep leather. Takes time to unwind.
tasted in 2006. black fruit, quite smooth and balanced tanning, medium to full body, long after taste, chocolate favor
Wine EnthusiastRating: 97/100 - As reviewed by Wine Enthusiast.
Wine SpectatorRating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator.
Wine & Spirits(2005 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine on 04/09 The cabernet franc (15 percent) here seems to wrap the cassis and black cherry richness of cabernet sauvignon with the spiciness of fresh red peppercorns. Savory and bound for several hours, this becomes silky and elegant with air, the rich fruit supported by firm, earthy tannins. Deep and impressively structured, this is suited for a decade or more in the cellar.
Wine Advocate(2005 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine Advocate on 07/08
Wine Spectator(2005 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator