Bruno Rocca's parents bought the estate's current property in the 1950s when they moved to Rabaja from Barbaresco. Bruno took over the estate when his father died in 1978. As a consummate modernist, Bruno uses modern technology to produce wines with tremendous intensity of fruit balanced by the characteristic Piemontese structure and a judicious use of oak. His wines look, smell and taste like real Nebbiolo and unlike an increasing number of other Piemonte producers, he never feels the need to add a certain extra something to deepen the colour or round out the palate. Bruno started bottling in 1978 and since then has risen to the top of the quality tree in this area, producing a Barbaresco and the single vineyard Rabaja Barbaresco. His daughter, Luisa now works with him at the estate as the marketing manager.
95 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate I always look forward to tasting the wines of Bruno Rocca and his family because they are always so expressive of vintage and territory. The 2018 Barbaresco gives us quite a few blanket descriptors that can be applied to the 2018 growing season. The wine is ethereal and delicate with cool-climate freshness, wild berry, fragolino di bosco and rose hip. There is a transparent and honest quality to the fruit that leaves plenty of room for those background tones of crushed limestone or white rock. To the palate, this Barbaresco is extremely fine and polished. About 14,000 bottles were released. - ML
93 Points - Decanter This Barbaresco seems to epitomise the 2018 vintage: tantalising aromas of fresh cranberry, violet, rose petal and whiffs of tar lead to a soft attack full of delicacy, freshly fruited and wrapped up in sweet, crunchy tannins and vibrant acidity. It's not particularly concentrated or built for the long haul, but its balance and stylish character make it one of the most authentic representations of the vintage in Barbaresco. (Drink between 2021-2030)
91 Points - Wine Spectator This light-bodied red is highlighted by cherry, strawberry, rose and mint aromas and flavors. Firm and linear, with a spicy, earth-tinged finish. Best from 2024 through 2038.