Vintage: 2012
Bottle sizes: 750 ML
Country: Italy
Region: Piedmont
Appellation: Barbaresco
Wine type: Red
Varietals: Nebbiolo
Organic: Practicing
Vineyard: A small (.22 hectare) parcel in a prime location in the middle of the Asili hill..
Orientation: South-southwest exposure.
Soil: Asili is particularly rich in limestone and marl mixed with strands of reddish yellow sands.
Viticulture: The vines in this parcel are all at least fifty years old -- many much molder.He maintains the old vines as long as possible but whenever he needs to replace a vine it is propagated from a vine in the same parcel.
Vinification: Fermentation lasts ten days in large wood casks. They ferment with a pied de cuvee made from their indigenous yeasts. They then use the technique of submerged cap -- which can last 80-90 days.
Aging: The wine is then aged in large neutral French botti. The oak Luca uses is never toasted but instead made by using hot steam instead of flame. The wine is normally aged for five years in wood before release.
Production: Only about 1000 bottles produced per vintage.
Notes: Luca's grandfather Giovanni purchased the parcel in 1961
Publication: Vinous
Rating: 95
The 2012 Barbaresco Asili Vecchie Viti is silky, gracious and lifted, as wines from this site in Barbaresco typically are. Fresh, nuanced. Hard candy, orange peel, red-toned fruit, mint, chalk and white pepper contribute to the wine's bright flavor profile. The tannins are finely-knit into the wine's fabric, which makes the 2012 easy to drink and enjoy, even on the young side. This is another impressive showing from Luca Roagna.