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Roagna new releases
05 October 2016

An extraordinary follow-up to the great 2010 vintage, the 2011s are a resounding endorsement of the young Luca Roagna and his management of this eponymous Barbaresco and Barolo estate. Even in the warm, relatively short season that characterised 2011, Luca managed to lengthen ripening and pick late by keeping the bunches well-covered by the vines’ protective canopies. The results are wines of pristine fruit, unscathed by the sun-burning effects of mid-summer, which ooze silky-smooth ripe flavours and offer a sufficient twist of freshness to keep you wanting more. A very successful vintage here indeed and a measure of how great this estate has become.

The Roagnas have been making Barbaresco since the late 19th century. After taking over from Alfredo after the 2001 vintage, Luca Roagna has kept true to the traditional wine-making of previous generations whilst fine-tuning it to turn out pure, unique Piedmontese wines that are sought-after the world over. The family’s 16 hectares are split between Barbaresco and Barolo, with some choice parcels in some of the region’s finest vineyards, including the monopole Pira of Castiglione Falletto. Picking here is usually late so that the seeds are ripe. The wine-making is gentle long and slow, fermentation is in large old oak casks and maceration times vary between 60 to 90 days depending on the wine and the vintage. The wines are released later than almost any others in Piedmont, being aged for between 5 to 8 years in cask. These are beguiling, intense soulful wines.

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