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Traduzione/Translation: Anna Carruthers
Cartina dei cru di La Morra/ Map of La Morra cru: © Slow Food, 2000
chiudiRocche dell’Annunziata

The so-called “Rocche dell’Annunziata” cru, is in actual fact part of a larger area known as Mercenasco which is mentioned in a document of 1194. It lies in the commune of La Morra and is one of the greatest Barolo production areas, according to the Barolo Map drawn up by Renato Ratti in the 1970s.
Covering an area of around 30 hectares, with an altitude that goes from 370 m to 250 m a.s.l., the cru boasts two different fronts, one facing south-east and the other south/south-west. On the south-east side lies one of the Andrea Oberto estate vineyards, just over a hectare in size, which yields a delicate, scented Barolo with soft tannins: characteristics which are peculiar to the nebbiolos that grow here and that lend finesse and renown to the wines of the many outstanding Barolo producers who have their own vineyards in this exceptional corner of the Langhe, the evocatively-named Rocche dell’Annunziata.

One of the great crus of the Langhe area, coveted by many producers, Brunate - originally Brinatam – lies in the commune of La Morra and covers an area of around 25 hectares, with an altitude that goes from 353 m to 239 m a.s.l., and a superb south/south-easterly aspect.
As is the case with many other great cru in the Langhe, such as the neighbouring Cerequio, Brunate attracts many prestigious producers, including the Andrea Oberto estate, looking to enhance their Barolo with this ancient cru.
The nebbiolos grown in Brunate vineyards produce a Barolo with a beautiful balance between an intense, enveloping bouquet and generous, full-bodied palate – a wine with moderate tannins and a robust alcohol content which ensures integration of all its sensory characteristics. Brunate is typically rich, appealing and rounded, with evident notes of truffle that evolve over time, making way for tar.
chiudiI cru Rocche dell’Annunziata e Brunate
Andrea Oberto
The area, the winery Click the pictures and download the technical sheets Langhe Rosso Fabio Barbera Giada Dolcetto d'Alba Albarella Dolcetto d'Alba Barolo Vigneto Rocche Barolo Vigneto Brunate Barolo Vigneto Albarella Barbera d'Alba San Giuseppe Barolo Nebbiolo Barbera d'Alba
The word Langhe comes from the Latin linguae (tongues), according to the conjecture most credited by historians. And when you look down from the town of La Morra, one of the finest production areas for Barolo, a few kilometres from Alba (Cuneo), in the heart of Piedmont, the rolling hills do indeed look like neatly interwoven tongues of earth. At an altitude of 513 metres, La Morra retains the charm of its Medieval origins and boasts a winemaking heritage of outstanding importance: the characteristics of the area differ from hillside to hillside, giving rise to exceptional sensory variety between different wines of the same type.

Among the crests of these hills, towards Verduno, lies the Andrea Oberto Winery, which started life as a small family-run concern and now manages an area of 16 hectares of vineyards and a new production facility, which was completed in 2003, producing a range of 10 wines. This substantial production is crowned by the company’s true pride and joy, a tribute to the undisputed king of these vineyards: Barolo Brunate, Barolo Rocche and Barolo Albarella, three cru from the finest vineyards in the Barolo production zone, which takes in 11 towns in the Langhe area.

The range also includes varieties of Barbera d’Alba (including Giada and San Giuseppe), Langhe Rosso and Dolcetto d’Alba (including Vigna Vantrino Albarella). The winery’s vineyards, which are Guyot-trained on a prevalently lime/clay soil, lie in the territory of La Morra, Barolo and Cherasco.

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Azienda Agricola Andrea Oberto - Borgata Simane 11 - 12064 La Morra - Tel. 0173 50104 - Fax 0173 500994
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