An ebullient brace of Barolo

An ebullient brace of Barolo
Roberto Voerzio is one of the legendary producers in Piedmont. Blessed with an armoury of top vineyards, the wines display vivacity, sap, and sumptuous concentration; a result of notoriously low yields and a combination of modern and traditional winemaking techniques. In what was a ripe yet elegant year, the Voerzio 2011s are some of the benchmark wines of the vintage, a sentiment echoed by Antonio Galloni and by The World of Fine Wine. In the latest issue Andrew Jefford explores the 2011 Baroli, ranking the Rocche dell Annunziata 2011 in joint first place – a wine that is “soft, ripe, trembling and yielding: lovely rich mellow La Morra”.

Rocche dell Annunziata is without doubt one of Barolo’s most prized vineyards – offering up body, elegance and ebullient complexity. La Serra, on the other hand, is grown on poorer soils, high up in La Morra. Wines from this vineyard are perky and precise, lending spice and salt to crunchy red fruit, yielding a rewarding balance of freshness and intensity. Side by side, they offer an example of terroir in action as clear as one is likely to find.

Deep red-black; translucent. Very complex and satisfying aromas: mellow, lush, rich, tobacco, undergrowth – all the things one loves about Piemonte are here. Gorgeous ripeness, too. Soft, ripe, trembling and yielding: lovely, rich, mellow La Morra, sundering to the tongue but then picking itself up and ending almost severe, almost authoritarian, as the tannins wake. This is a magnificent 2011, absolutely spot-on and down-the-line with the vintage, rewarding and open, yet finishing structured and firm and disciplined. Bravo to its creator. – Andrew Jefford, 96 points, The World of Fine Wine, Issue 51, 2016.

Another exotic, beguiling beauty, the 2011 Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata captivates all the senses with its stunning bouquet, silky fruit and racy, voluptuous personality, all signatures of this great La Morra site. As always, the Rocche is a feminine, gracious wine that showcases the more finessed site of Nebbiolo. The Rocche also drinks well pretty much upon release, which I expect will be the case here as well. – Antonio Galloni, 95 points, March 2015

In 2011, the Barolo Le Serra benefits from its slightly higher elevation and cooler micro-climate, both of which give the wine an added element of freshness that is needed. Dark red stone fruits, flowers, spices and leather are all supported by the characteristic firm La Serra tannins, but the 2011 has a little more mid-palate depth and overall volume that serves to balance some of the angular contours that can be present. A gorgeous and complete wine, the La Serra is also an overachiever in 2011. Antonio Galloni, 95 points, March 2015

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