Experts in the world of wine are buzzing about the 2014 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 see 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...
Wine Enthusiast: "Elegant and loaded with compelling tension, this has enticing aromas including wild red berry, truffle and crushed mint. The firm palate shows remarkable finesse, delivering pomegranate, strawberry, orange zest and crushed mint as well as savory, almost salty mineral notes. It's focused and balanced, with taut, polished tannins and vibrant acidity. Drink 2022–2029." Jan 2020
Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate: "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, fueled 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. Drink 2024-2045." Jul 2020
Winery: "The 2014 Barolos have "finesse and elegance…striking aromas, silky tannins, vibrant fruit, and mid-weight structure…they capture the essence of site."
|Aging||5 years in large, neutral French botti|
|Region||Barolo, Piedmont, Italy|
|Production||Limited to 1,250 dozen|
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