2016 Ca Rome Barbaresco Rio Sordo

Nebbiolo - 750ML
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W&S 95

Wine & Spirits, December 2019

Scents of whole roses (stem, leaf and petal) provide an intoxicating introduction to this wine’s high-toned flavors of red cherry, sour plum and pomegranate. Brisk acidity and fine, chalky tannins frame the flavors as...
WS 95

Wine Spectator, February 2020

A pristine red, displaying great clarity to the strawberry, cherry, rose and menthol flavors. By the time this evolves to the finish, the tannins make their mark, yet never overstep their bounds. In the end this is...
WA 93

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, July 2020

The Ca' Rome' 2016 Barbaresco Rio Sordo opens to great aromatic intensity with dark fruit, dried cherry, licorice and crushed limestone. These classic traits are very in line with the vintage, and they reflect Nebbiolo...
JS 92

jamessuckling.com, November 2019

This has a riper, earthier scent than most 2016 Barbarescos at this stage, trading in notes of leather, tar, tobacco and dried fruit. It’s stocky and chunky, framing brambly, chewy tannins. Long and forthcoming on the...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Nebbiolo
Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Sub-region Barbaresco
Appellation Barbaresco
Sub-appellation Rio Sordo
Vintage 2016
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 15.5%
Closure Cork

The 2016 Ca Rome Barbaresco Rio Sordo is a captivating red wine that showcases the exceptional quality of Nebbiolo from the Barbaresco region in Piedmont, Italy. With its deep red color and elegant label, this wine exudes sophistication and promises a truly remarkable tasting experience.

Upon opening the bottle, the wine reveals a riper and earthier scent compared to most 2016 Barbarescos. The aromas of leather, tar, tobacco, and dried fruit create a complex and enticing bouquet. This wine is stocky and chunky on the palate, with brambly and chewy tannins that add a robust and satisfying texture. The finish is long and forthcoming, leaving a lasting impression that lingers on the palate.

Renowned wine critic James Suckling awarded this wine an impressive score of 92, highlighting its potential for aging. He suggests enjoying this Barbaresco from 2023 onwards, allowing it to further develop and evolve in the bottle. Suckling's tasting note emphasizes the wine's distinctive character, making it stand out among its peers.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate also praises the 2016 Ca Rome Barbaresco Rio Sordo, awarding it a score of 93. The review commends the wine's aromatic intensity, with dark fruit, dried cherry, licorice, and crushed limestone notes. The integration of silky and firm tannins adds depth and complexity to the wine's texture. The aging process in barrique and Slavonian oak contributes to the wine's volume and layering, creating a truly harmonious and balanced expression of Nebbiolo.

Other esteemed publications such as Vinous, Wine Spectator, and Wine & Spirits have also recognized the exceptional qualities of this wine. Vinous awarded it a score of 92, describing it as bright, fruity, and absolutely delicious. Wine Spectator awarded it an impressive 95 points, noting its pristine clarity and the balanced expression of strawberry, cherry, rose, and menthol flavors. Wine & Spirits also bestowed a score of 95, highlighting the intoxicating scents of whole roses and the wine's high-toned flavors of red cherry, sour plum, and pomegranate.

Overall, the 2016 Ca Rome Barbaresco Rio Sordo is a wine that showcases the best of Barbaresco and Nebbiolo. Its exceptional reviews and the praise it has received from esteemed critics make it a wine worth seeking out for any wine connoisseur or collector.