Roagna - Barolo - Pira DOCG

Roagna - Barolo - Pira DOCG

96 points - The Wine Advocate

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"The 2013 Barolo Pira sees fruit sourced from a five-hectare plot (with 16,800 bottles made). The Pira vineyard is Roagna’s home-base parcel and is the biggest single vineyard the family cultivates in the Barolo appellation. Pira is easy to recognise in terms of bouquet, thanks to those distinctive aromas of dried rose petal and balsam herb that lift gently from the bouquet. Due to long maceration times, which are the norm here at Roagna, the wine’s colour shows medium intensity, but that colour should be fixed and stable over the long haul because any remaining material in suspension has since fallen out, thanks to the slow fermentation process. This wine delivers evident structure and a touch of rawness or naked nerve that underlines the wine’s young age (and, consequently, it's long future aging potential). Dark fruit and a touch of sweet spice add volume to the finish." - Monica Larner
As in all the wines of Luca Roagna, there is freshness and nobility. This Barolo is accessible when young (especially the 2011), it allows you to discover the unique style of Roagna. The transcription of the terroir is done here in a very natural way, the wine making it possible to offer a very wide aromatic palette. It is a complete wine, combining tradition and authenticity with accents reminiscent of the wines of the Rocche terroir. On the nose, the wine reveals aromas of cherries, blackberries, dried fruits. Then floral aromas of wild grass appear. On the third nose, we find aromas of undergrowth, leather, tar and tobacco. Olfactory, it is already very promising. On the palate, Barolo Pira 2011 from Roagna remains juicy on its young side, complemented by a rich material with fine tannins magnified by a long ageing. The wine reveals itself with elegance until a long and fresh finish.
Country: Italy
Region: Piedmont
Appellation: barolo
Producer: Roagna

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The Roagna family was producing wine long before the Barbaresco classification came to be in 1890....

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The Roagna family was producing wine long before the Barbaresco classification came to be in 1890. The family has continually purchased land, and expanded their wine selection through the years, always staying close to tradition and to the land. Luca Roagna is the fifth generation to work the vines alongside his father Alfredo. One of the few estates offering Barbareso and Barolo in its range, Roagna has also been granted the rare privilege of being able to vinify their wines outside of the appellation zones.

Luca avoids the use of all herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers in favour of traditional practices. He believes the grasses and wildflowers between the vines add complexity and depth to the terroir in addition to protecting from erosion. He also prefers to trample the grasses instead of cutting which enables the avoidance of fertilizers, even organic ones. Although he follows an all-natural approach, he has never applied for the organic certification. Their approaches seem to be working; the average vine age is 55-60 years old and the vines are still healthy and productive. When an old vine dies, Luca uses a technique in place before phylloxera changed vine planting, by choosing to bury a vine shoot from the closest vine, instead of grafting onto a rootstock.


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Piemonte (Piedmont) occupies most of northwestern Italy, bordering Switzerland in the north and France in the west and almost reaching the Mediterranean coast. Its capital and largest city...

Piemonte (Piedmont) occupies most of northwestern Italy, bordering Switzerland in the north and France in the west and almost reaching the Mediterranean coast. Its capital and largest city is Turin (Torino).

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