2014 Roagna Barbera d'Alba Piedmonte
Pira is a historic vineyard located in the village of Castiglione Falletto and originally owned by the noble family who had a private road that connected the vineyard and the castle hundreds of years ago. Our vineyard sits on the side of Serralunga d’Alba and Perno and is Southeast facing. Pira contains specific characteristics due to the slow disintegration of the rocks of Castiglione. Our family purchased this vineyard in 1989. At the top of our vineyard, above our old vine Nebbiolo, sits our old vine Barbera with a total area of 0.34 Hectare (0.84 Acres).
Harvest takes place at the beginning of October when the fruit has reached perfect physiological maturity. The fruit is placed gently into small containers. Before being made into wine we manually select each berry in order to have perfect fruit.
Fermentation takes place exclusively in large wood casks thanks to a pied de cuve created from our indigenous yeasts. This lasts for ten days and then we use the ancient technique of maceration by splinting the submerged cap process which lasts for at least two and a half months, (70 – 80 days). The wine is then aged in a neutral oak barrel for approximately five years.
The production of bottles is limited to little more than a couple of thousand per vintage.
Wine Spectator - "Mature, offering an enticing bouquet of plum compote, leather, sandalwood and woodsy spice notes. Complex and ready to go, with fine balance and a lingering, gripping finish. Drink now. 350 cases made."
Vinous - "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."