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2015 I Paglieri - Roagna Barolo e La Pira

ITEM 8095769 - Removed from a professional wine storage facility

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lichtenjr $100 $100
$100
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I8095769 1 $100 Jan 23, 2022
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RATINGS

96Wine Enthusiast

Leather, forest floor, rose and camphor aromas take shape on this fragrant red along with a whisper of tobacco. Polished, linear and savory, the elegantly structured palate features juicy cranberry, orange zest, licorice and a hint of baking spice. Taut, refined tannins provide support while fresh acidity keeps it nicely balanced.

95Wine Spectator

Supple and polished, featuring the essence of cherry and strawberry fruit, accented by menthol, mineral and sage flavors... Plays out on the linear profile with echoes of fruit, mineral and Langhe scrub.

93Vinous / IWC

...notably perfumed and restrained. Rose petal, mint, crushed flowers, dried cherry, star anise and cinnamon are some of the many notes that grace this delicate, lilting Barolo from Luca Roagna. The tannins are persistent and fine, lending a slightly nervous feel.

PRODUCER

I Paglieri - Roagna

I Paglieri - Roagna was founded in 1929 when Giovanni Roagna bought land that is now the estate’s Montefico vineyard. Though the parcel purchased was only a half-acre, it was enough for the family to establish themselves within the Barbaresco winemaking community, and they made prestigious wines. Today the estate includes 37 acres of vineyards in five historic locations and Giovanni’s son and grandsons run the estate, which is farmed organically. I Paglieri – Roagna is known for Barolo and Barbaresco, but also produces Dolcetto d’Alba, Barbera, Langhe Rosso and Bianco, and several other wines. Gambero Rosso calls the estate’s wines “a faithful interpretation of prestigious crus…Above all, we find a production philosophy that is traditional in the best possible sense of the term.”

REGION

Italy, Piedmont, Barolo

Barolo is one of Italy’s greatest wine appellations. In fact many cognoscenti of Italian wines consider Barolo to be the apex of Italian winemaking. Barolo is sometimes referred to as “the king of wines, and the wine of kings” partly because until the mid-19th century Piedmont was owned by the noble House of Savoy, the historic rulers of northwestern Italy. And the Savoys had a taste for Nebbiolo. Nestled into the rolling hills of Langhe, the Barolo DOCG includes 11 communes, one of which is the town of Barolo. There are 4,200 vineyard acres in the appellation and since the late 19th century growers have tried to identify their best vineyards. By marketing some vineyards as better quality than others, Barolo producers have followed the Burgundian custom of making single vineyard, or “cru” vineyard bottlings. As in neighboring Barbaresco, the Barolo DOCG requires that wines be 100% Nebbiolo, a grape thought of as the Pinot Noir of Italy. Records show that Nebbiolo was grown in the Piedmont as early as the 14th century, and despite being somewhat finicky – it is late to ripen and easily damaged by adverse weather --- Nebbiolo makes highly aromatic and powerful red wines. Until the mid-19th century Nebbiolos of Piedmont were vinified as sweet wines, though that ended in the late 19th century when a French oenologist was invited to Piedmont to show producers how to make dry reds. Barolo was made a DOC in 1966 and upgraded to DOCG status in 1980. Barolos must be aged at least three years, at least two of those years in wood. Barolos are tannic and robust and generally need at least five years to soften into complex, earthy wines.

TYPE

Red Wine, Nebbiolo, D.O.C.G.

This red grape is most often associated with Piedmont, where it becomes DOCG Barolo and Barbaresco, among others. Its name comes from Italian for “fog,” which descends over the region at harvest. The fruit also gains a foggy white veil when mature.