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2010 Roberto Voerzio Barolo La Serra

Light capsule condition issue; label condition issue

Removed from a subterranean, temperature and humidity controlled residential cellar; Purchased at retail

Ends Sunday, 7pm Pacific


96Vinous / IWC

...bursts from the glass with freshly cut flowers, mint, sweet spices and licorice.

94The Wine Advocate

...broader approach to its aromatic delivery with a generous portion of red fruit, blackberry and a touch of exotic spice.

18Jancis Robinson

Lots of development on the nose with real excitement and depth. A very long-term wine but with tension and autumnal seduction.


Roberto Voerzio

Roberto Voerzio is one of Piedmont’s super stars. Located in La Morra, the 22-acre estate produces only 15,000 bottles a year of its highly regarded Barolos. Owned and operated by Roberto Voerzio and his wife Pinuccia, the estate has a cult following among Barolo collectors. Voerzio is known for thinning his vineyards by up to 50% and using only organic farming methods. Robert M. Parker Jr. writes that “over the last decade, Voerzio has produced some of Italy’s most stunningly complete, complex wines.” Some of Voerzio’s wines are only produced in magnums and only in outstanding vintages.


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.


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.