Region: Barolo, 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
Total surface area owned: 3 ha in Barbaresco and 5 Ha in Barolo
Caroline: Very old Vines planted mostly in 1937, some before that. Vineyard less than 2 ha in size. It wows on the nose already – intense, aromatic, perfumed with new pot-pourri flowers, wild spearmint, and savoury notes like saddle leather. Complex, balanced, earthy & tobaccoey flavour……….. a beguiling, perfect wine.
David Berry Green: Loganberry richness, a more sensual step up from the Barolo Pira, the VV stems from the oldest vines higher up the escarpment, just below the castle walls. An extra gear of velvety fruit greets you on the nose. To taste it’s pure strawberry, tobacco leaf & iron, rich with wonderful intensity, sumptuous, along with refined cold-tea refreshment, & a salty/acciughe (anchovy) finish. Still a baby, with prodigious tannins so advise from 2019/2020.