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Roagna Barbera d'Alba, Piedmont 2014

Established in the 1950s in Barbaresco, the estate now comprises 15Ha of vines spread across some of the best sites in Barolo and Barbaresco zones. It is currently managed by Luca Roagna. Production is organic, uncertified.

They are considered a top producer in the area, with wines characterised by traditional methods, long macerations, and some of the longest pre-release ageing in Piedmont. The Barolos and Barbarescos are considered to be supremely ageworthy for cellaring.

Barbera grapes for this wine are sourced from the single vineyard Pira in Castiglione Falletto, Barbaresco. The vineyard has an altitude of 400m and south-east exposition. Soils are composed of marl, limestone, sand and rock.

Grapes are hand-harvested. It is vinified in the same way as Roagna's Barolo, with extended maceration time – a minimum of 30-60 days contact with the skins with a submerged cap.

Ageing is for five years in large neutral French and Salvonian botti.

The vintage shows ripe red fruits, flowers, mint, spices and crushed rock on the nose. Typical Barbera acidity is present on the palette along with bright red berry fruit framed by fine tannins. Overall very expressive and aromatic, an expertly made wine.


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