• Roagna Pira Barolo 2013 95

    Roagna Pira Barolo 2013

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    95pts Antonio Galloni's Vinous

    Experts in the world of wine are buzzing about the 2013 Barolo vintage as one of the best in decades. The Roagna Pira Barolo is one of those bottles that deserves a spot on your top shelf. It comes from a winery that is known for its obsessive dedication to adhering to practices that yield the best of what the land has to offer.  Luca Roagna marches to the beat of his own drum, describing his approach as “Postmodern.” What does this translate to for you and me? Sustainable practices for one thing, believing and truly living a natural approach in the vineyards and winery. Roagna is renowned for being one of the last producers to harvest in every vintage, a tremendous risk that can yield great results. In the winery, the fruits sees long macerations, fermentation in open wood vats, and aging in large neutral barrel. Once bottled, their wines are rested for two years longer than average before release. We say cellar it before you think about drinking it; you'll be richly rewarded for your patience.  Each bottle in this very limited production is numbered. We think your cellar needs one or two...

    The 2013 Barolo Vintage: 2013 Barolos have "finesse and elegance…striking aromas, silky tannins, vibrant fruit, and mid-weight structure…they capture the essence of site." In other words, the 2013 Barolos properly reflect their particular vineyard sites from which they grow; for example, a Serralunga Barolo tastes like a Serralunga Barolo. For Galloni, 2013 is "a great vintage."

    Jancis Robinson, the first Master of Wine outside of the wine trade, states that, "The 2013 Barolo has turned out to be a classic in the making. Loaded with firm but tactile and wonderfully textured tannins and at times super fresh due to the high acidity, the wines have an elegance that defies their estimated 14.5% alcohol."

    Antonio Galloni's Vinous: "The 2013 Barolo Pira is dark and powerful to its core. Deceptive in its mid-weight structure, the 2013 is all nerves and muscle. Iron, blood, smoke, cedar, smoke and licorice give the 2013 much of its super-distinctive flavor profile. In the glass, the 2013 is wonderfully deep and exotic, with layers of dimension that open up effortlessly over time. Readers will have to be patient with the 2013, but it is hugely promising. Sadly, prices for the Roagna wines have gone up dramatically in recent years. If there is one wine that readers should absolutely not miss, it is the 2013 Barolo Pira. Drinking window: 2023 - 2028." Oct 2018

    750ml, cork         
    Farmng Practicing Organic
    Varietal Nebbiolo
    Alcohol ~13.5%
    Aging 5 years in large, neutral French botti
    Region Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
    Production Limited to 1,250 dozen