Roagna New Releases

Roagna New Releases
Roagna has always been a Piemontese estate with a great history and reputation, but its stock has risen exponentially since Luca Roagna took over the reins from his father in 2001. With some of the region’s great vineyards at his disposal and fiercely meticulous, traditional winemaking in the impressive new cellar, he is producing brilliant, unique Barolos and Barbarescos. Every year we taste, every year the wines reach greater heights of precision without ever losing soul. We think this range is the best he has made so far. These are exiting times indeed at Roagna, an estate which must surely rank alongside Piedmont’s very best.

Luca, cheerful but humbly matter of fact, told us he was “very happy with 2012, particularly because the alcohols are all below 14% yet the wines are very intense.” Such levels are low and quite rare by modern Piedmont standards yet the wines do not lack for anything and are so well-balanced. Despite the end of season heatwave the 2012s are less “solaire” and opulent than the seductive 2011s. Initially reserved and coiled but given air and time they are arguably even more alluring than their predecessors. A small vintage, up to 30% less than the previous year’s crop, but an absolute classic in the making.