Snapshot
Vintage: 2012
Bottle sizes: 750 ML
Country: Italy
Region: Piedmont
Appellation: Langhe
Wine type: Red
Varietals: Nebbiolo
Organic: Practicing
Vineyard: The grapes for this wine come from Roagna's younger vines (25 years old and younger ) in Pira in Castiglione Falletto (Barolo) and in Paje in Barbaresco. Most vines are 20-25 years old.
Orientation: South, southeast (Pira) and South, southwest. (Paje)
Soil: Varying - Marl, calcareous & Sandy, calcareous.
Viticulture: Hand-harvested at the end of September, beginning of October.
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 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.
Notes: While this wine is made from Luca's "younger vines," most producers would use this fruit for their Barbaresco or Barolo. The wine could easily be mistaken for either in a blind tasting.