Barbaresco Roagna Paje VV 2009

Barbaresco Roagna Paje VV 2009

Barbaresco Roagna Paje VV 2009

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R2 835.00

Region: Barbaresco, Piedmont

“ Alfredo and Luca Roagna, the fourth and fifth generations of a family of long-established Barbaresco grape growers and winemakers, are handcrafting fascinating, soulful Barbarescos and barolos of mesmerizing depth. Roagna’s Barbarescos, made from estate grapes grown in the heart of the village’s top crus, and their Barols, from their holdings in Castiglione-Falletto are earthy, structured wines with mindblowing complexity and exceptional character and are the result of ideally ripened Nebbiolo from prime vineyards coupled with scrupulous disdain for convention and a near-fanatical obsession with nature. The Roagnas are die-hard naturalists who truly live out the natural farming philosophy. The family’s Barbaresco vineyards are in the most protected parts of the most desired crus, including Asili, Crichet Paje, Paje and Montefico in Barbaresco; and Pira and Carso in the Barolo village of Castiglione Falletto. They turn the earth once in every 4 – 5 years, never use chemicals of any kind, never put down any fertilizer of any sort, not even organic. Their vineyards average fifty-five to sixty years old ”. Exerpt from BAROLO & BARBARESCO, King & Queen of Italian Wines by Kerrin O’Keefe

In 2009 Luca & his father Alfredo dug deep to build a new, capacious cantina/winery above their (Barolo) Pira vineyard, just below the castello of Castiglione Falletto. Here their Barolo is made, aged & bottled; meanwhile the Barbaresco wines are vinified & part aged in the original cantina above their Pajé vineyard in Barbaresco, before being transferred to Pira for part-ageing & bottling. The added space afforded by the new cantina in Pira seems to have imbued the wines with even more harmony & refinement. The old vineyards remain grassed-over & the harvests naturally late/at the perfect moment, even in Barbaresco. Vertical, 10 cm thick staved French quercus europea Tronco-conici botti are selected for (2/3 month) long maceration vinification, combined with hand-made, resin-lined cement tanks, followed by 5 years wood ageing,

Tasting notes:

At only 1.83 hectares, the Roagna family's plot of Pajé still represents nearly 50 percent of the entire surface of this fine Barbaresco vineyard. Close to the Tanaro river flowing by, refreshing the vines with cooling air currents, the chalky character of Pajé’s soil is expressed through its soft, red colour, a dreamy nose of peachy, red fruit, of charmingly pure, effortless, firm but fine fruit tannins, and an enchanting scent throughout. ( David Berry Green )
 
Caroline adds: From a 1.83 ha block of old vines planted close to the river, in about 1950. Superb aroma of sun, berries, morning jam. On the palate it has deep strawberry fruit laced with sage and a fleshy texture. This is what Barbaresco is all about!   An incredible wine.
 
The father and son team of Alfredo and Luca Roagna are celebrating the completion of their new cantina in Castiglione Falletto, in the heart of La Pira vineyard, a prime location they’ve owned since 1989, but had bought fruit from since the 1950s. Both in their Barolo and Barbaresco estates (15 hectares in total), they pride themselves on their organic, grassed-over vineyards. They’re fortunate to have a wealth of oldvine fruit at their disposal which, of course, they vinify traditionally with extended maceration in large oak barrels.