The Rapet Barolo presents as an intense garnet red in the glass with ruby hues. The nose is full of fruity aromas with floral and spicy notes. On the palate, the flavour is intense buttressed by opulent and enveloping tannins and a long finish.
The Rapet fruit is sourced from a southwestern vineyard located in Serralunga d’Alba. The soils go back to the Helvetian period and comprises compact calcareous clay that alternates with sandy layers at 350-371 metres above sea level.
Maceration lasts 20 days using a traditional method of maceration called steccatura at a temperature that never exceeds 30°C. This method involves wedging stocks into the vat to hold the cap (grape skins and pulp) down below the surface of the juice. This slow, gentle extractraction coaxes the signature tannins from the Nebbiolo grape skins. Aged for 24 months in 25 hectolitre Slavonian oak barrels with a portion of it part aged in barrique. The wine is further aged in-bottle for at least 12 months.
The Ca' Rome' 2017 Barolo Rapet is darkly concentrated and rich with black fruit, dried plum and dried blackberry. As you might expect of this hot vintage, the wine is robust and powerful, with a generous bouquet that also embraces spice, dark tar and campfire ash. This vintage shows broad and horizontal characteristics and a little less depth as a result. The Rapet vineyard is located in Serralunga d'Alba although it is not an official MGA designation. Note that all of the wines in this flight from Ca' Rome' officially clock in at a mighty alcohol content up to 15.5%.
91 points, Wine Advocate (June 2021)
The 2017 Barolo Rapèt is bright, juicy and absolutely delicious. This fruity Serralunga Barolo offers tons of immediacy in the open-knit style that is typical of parts of this Serralunga vineyard. Silky, impeccably balanced tannins add to the wine's considerable allure. The 2017 is not super complex, but it is racy and dangerously delicious.
94 points, Vinous (February 2021)
Rather exotic aromas of cherry liqueur, turkish delight and fresh walnuts, turning to very acute, spicy (almost salty) notes on the palate that almost obliterate the fruit flavors for now. Medium-to full-bodied with fine, firm tannins. Give this plenty of time to even out.
92 points, JamesSuckling.com (March 2021)
Steeped plum and fig flavors are augmented by savory notes of eucalyptus, juniper, soy and tar in this dense, meaty red. Once this sheds its ironclad tannins, the fruit should come to the fore. Fine, fresh and long finish.
92 points, Wine Spectator