Alfredo Currado made Vietti’s first-ever single-cru Barolo in 1961 from Rocche di Castiglione, a long tongue of vines that extends from the edge of Castiglione Falletto toward the border of Monforte d’Alba on a southeast facing slope. Currado’s son and Vietti’s current winemaker, Luca, calls Rocche “stronger than the stupid,” meaning it is hard to make a bad wine from the cru. That was never a possibility in 2016, a growing season that Luca considers the best in his 33 harvests, with everything happening just as it should: rain at opportune moments, no significant hail, and a beautiful September with hot days and cold nights. The wine’s red-cherry flavors are vibrant and juicy, picking up notes of orange peel and fresh tobacco with time in the glass. Its tannins are formidable yet cool, adding to its sense of freshness, and the precise red-berry flavors continue to gain energy and vibrancy even five days after the bottle was opened. A portrait in balance and equilibrium, this 2016 is a monumental achievement.