Vintage: 2011
Bottle sizes: 750 ML
Country: Italy
Region: Piedmont
Appellation: Barolo
Wine type: Red
Varietals: Nebbiolo
Organic: Practicing
Vineyard: Sourced from the Pira cru in Castiglione Falletto. It is a monopole vineyard and is the largest parcel owned by the Roagna family at 4.88 hectares.
Orientation: Southeast.
Soil: There are 6 unique micro parcels depending on the composition of the terrain which ranges from limestone marl Roca to blue stone.
Viticulture: The vines for this wine are between 25 and 50 years of age.
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 60-75 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: Normally less than 1,250 cases produced per vintage.
Notes: The Roagna family purchased this vineyard in 1989.
Publication: Wine Spectator
Rating: 94
Ample sweet cherry and strawberry flavors are complemented by flavors of wild herbs, underbrush, leather, tar and tobacco in this complex red. The tannins are still a little gruff, but this is developing nicely. Fine length. Best from 2019 through 2035.
Publication: Vinous
Rating: 92
Roagna's 2011 Barolo Pira is soft, open-knit and expressive. Crushed flowers, sweet red berries, mint, anise and sweet tobacco give the Pira striking aromatic lift and inner perfume. Gracious and feminine throughout, the 2011 will drink well pretty much upon release. A kick of tannin and acidity on the finish are reminders this is indeed Barolo, but the 2011 is quite accessible for a young Roagna wine. This is a terrific example of the house style.