95 Points - Wine Enthusiast
94 Points - Wine Advocate
Back in 1943, Aurelio's parents settled in the Annunziata hamlet in an old farmhouse built at the end of the 19th century. Until 1962 the family used to practice mixed farming, working the land and breeding animals. The grapes were sold to the big local wineries, and just a small amount remained for the family to produce wine for themselves and friends and relatives. At the end of the 1950s, Aurelio's father began bottling some of the wine under the Settimo Domenico label and after his passing in 1962, Aurelio decided to specialize in wine-growing. Mixed farming and animal breeding were abandoned, the vineyards were extended, and the Aurelio Settimo label was introduced.
Deep garnet red in color, Aurelio Settimo "Rocche Dell'Annunziata" Barolo is produced from 100% Nebbiolo and aged for 12 months in concrete tanks, followed by another 24 months in big French oak barrels. The vinification was performed according to tradition: fairly lengthy fermentation on the skins (submerged cap for 15-20 days), with frequent breaking up of the cap and pumping over of the must. The result is a robust, concentrated barolo with generous aromas of bright berries, baking spices, cherry, plum and rhubarb. The vibrant palate offers balanced acidity and structured tannins with delicately sweet notes of cherry, cinnamon, truffle, and dark chocolate. A touch of licorice merges with a complex array of herbs and spices on the long finish.
"This structured wine opens with earthy aromas of tilled soil, underbrush, leather, cedar, bright berries and baking spices. The vibrant palate displays classic Nebbiolo flavors of crushed dark cherry, clove, cinnamon, truffle, sage, thyme and licorice alongside brisk acidity and bracing but noble tannins. It will bloom into a beauty. Drink 2020–2040." - Wine Enthusiast
"The 2010 Barolo Rocche dell’Annunziata is a very nice surprise with some sweet almond (just a touch) next to traditional aromas. It is very satisfying, with pretty, dusty tannins, and showing big intensity. This is a real treat with some youthful sourness that needs to blow off with time. It is dusty, etched and showing very linear finesses. Drink: 2016-2030." - Wine Advocate
Product of Italy
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%