Vintage: 2008
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 over 50 years old.. The youngest vines for this wine date back to 1937.
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 70-90 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: Normally less than 1,000 bottles produced per vintage.
Notes: The Roagna family purchased this vineyard in 1989.
Publication: Vinous
Rating: 95
Sweet red cherries, plums, crushed rose petals, rosemary, menthol, game, anise, smoke and leather waft from the glass in the 2008 Barolo Pira Vecchie Viti. Darker, ferrous notes add complexity over time. The 2008 boasts striking inner perfume, tons of sweetness and considerable mid-palate pliancy, with a touch more depth, resonance and dimensions of flavor than the straight Barolo La Pira. Here, too, the tannins are remarkably polished for a young Barolo. The Barolo La Pira is a wine more of seduction, while the Vecchie Viti is a wine of power. Today, the Vecchie Viti is surprisingly open for a young 2008 Barolo, but it will probably firm up a bit in bottle.
Publication: Other Press
Rating: 98 (WE)