Roagna - La Pira - Barolo

95 points - The Wine Advocate
96 points - The Wine Advocate
Roagna - La Pira - Barolo - 2014 - 75cl - Onshore Cellars

Roagna - La Pira - Barolo

95 points - The Wine Advocate
96 points - The Wine Advocate
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The Pira cru is a Roagna family monopoly. They purchased this site (in Castiglione Falletto) in 1990, and the vines range from 40 to 50 years old. The 2014 Barolo Pira opens to dark and impeccably focused fruit. This wine offers an incredible level of sharpness and detail that adds a vivid, Technicolor character to the bouquet. The aromas are lifted, bright and vertical, fuelled by the power and elegance that comes so naturally to Nebbiolo. There is zest and energy here, with plenty of acidity and tannic structure to liven up the finish. Exactly 12,984 bottles were produced, making this the easiest Roagna wine to locate at your local retailer.
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 recognize 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, its long future ageing potential). Dark fruit and a touch of sweet spice add volume to the finish.
This drop-dead gorgeous red dazzles with an enticing fragrance of perfumed berry, fragrant blue flower, dark spice and camphor. Elegantly structured and focused, the taut, savory palate boasts remarkable finesse, vibrancy and a great depth of flavors including juicy red cherry, pomegranate, star anise and baking spice. It has incredible energy and balance thanks to taut, refined tannins and bright acidity.
Type:
Red
Country:
Italy
Region:
Piedmont
Appellation:
Barolo DOCG
Producer:
Roagna
Grapes/Blend:
Nebbiolo

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Roagna

Roagna

Roagna is a renowned wine producer located in the Piedmont region of Italy. The winery has a rich history dating back to the early 19th century when it...

Roagna is a renowned wine producer located in the Piedmont region of Italy. The winery has a rich history dating back to the early 19th century when it was founded by the Roagna family. The family has been producing wine for generations, and their passion for winemaking is evident in the quality of their products.

Roagna is known for its traditional winemaking methods, which involve using only natural yeasts and avoiding any chemical additives. The winery also follows biodynamic principles, which means that they work in harmony with nature to produce the best possible grapes.

The winery produces a range of wines, including Barbaresco, Barolo, and Nebbiolo d'Alba. These wines are made using the traditional method of extended maceration, which involves leaving the grape skins in contact with the juice for an extended period. This process helps to extract more flavour and tannins from the grapes, resulting in wines that are full-bodied and complex.

Roagna's Barbaresco wines are particularly noteworthy, as they are made using grapes from some of the best vineyards in the region. The winery produces several different Barbaresco wines, each with its own unique character and flavour profile. These wines are aged in oak barrels for several years before being released, which helps to soften the tannins and add complexity to the wine.

In addition to their red wines, Roagna also produces a range of white wines, including Chardonnay and Arneis. These wines are made using the same traditional methods as their red wines, and are known for their crisp acidity and bright fruit flavours.

Overall, Roagna is a producer that is highly respected in the wine world for their commitment to traditional winemaking methods and their dedication to producing high-quality wines. Their wines are sought after by collectors and wine enthusiasts around the world, and are sure to impress even the most discerning palate.

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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...

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).

In the wine world, Piemonte is best known for the twin titans of Barolo and Barbaresco, along with other popular red wines made from Barbera and Dolcetto, the white Gavi, and sparkling Asti.

It has more DOCGs (17) and DOCs (42) than any other region (see maps: Asti area, Langhe, Monferrato, and northern), but no IGPs. In 2016, Piemonte produced 2.5 million hl (28.3 million cases) of wine, the majority of it (55%) red and 83% at the DOP level. The region’s primary grape varieties are Barbera (31%), Moscato (22%), Dolcetto (13%), and Nebbiolo (10%).

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