2014 Roagna Barbera d`Alba

By far the most important tactical decision a winegrower has to make is when to pick those grapes. There can be an element of luck but mostly it`s experience, wisdom and holding one`s nerve. Between them Luca Roagna and his dad played a blinder with the challenging hand the 2014 growing season dealt, and scooped the jackpot. They waited until after the harvest rains and their wines are fully ripe, though low yielding; intense and charming; complex and structured. But then that`s the signature of Luca. He may be a musical metalhead (he`s even made a unique bottling for Sigurd `Satyr` Wongraven of heavy metal band Satyricon) but his wines are classical and trad. And that growing season wasn`t all negative. Some of the challenges reduced the crop naturally and that helped with the successful ripening of the fruit. But you must still be a master of your vineyards to make that happen and Luca`s skill is long proven.

The wines are everything you`d hope for from Roagna: fully perfumed with plenty of floral notes backed up with red fruit flavours and hints of cedar and vetiver. They may be delicate and elegant but they have plenty of stuffing. And the long maceration, low intervention winemaking again provides the finest tannins balanced with acidity and a mineral freshness. These wines - especially the Barbareschi - are remarkably drinkable now, but all of them will age very nicely. (CW 15/07/19)

Producer
Roagna
Origin
Piedmont & the northwest, Italy ITALY
Colour
red
Wine Style
dry
Dominant Grape
Barbera
Farming Style
organic
Closure Style
cork
Maturity
drink or keep
Bottle Size
75cl
Case Quantity
6
Wine Score
90 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, March 2020
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2014 Roagna Barbera d`Alba

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Antonio Galloni

The 2014 Barbera d`Alba is a gorgeous wine, especially for this year, which was so challenging for Barbera. Silky and nuanced, with lovely aromatic presence, the 2014 is super-expressive, not to mention quite inviting. Sweet red cherry, mint, game, licorice and iron all develop effortlessly, with a closing kick of acid that gives the wine its energy. I would prefer to drink the 2014 over the next few years, as the wilder, gamier notes will likely become more prominent in time. The 2014 spent three years in barrel, with some lots in cement. 90 points

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