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Barolo Brunate Roberto Voerzio 97vm 1999

Winemaker's Notes:

"The 1999 Barolo Brunate is striking in its beauty. Rich, layered and balsamic, the 1999 boasts gorgeous depth and richness. Menthol, spice, pine and licorice all come to life in a vivid, beautifully articulated Barolo. The balance of fruit, acidity and tannin is simply remarkable, even if the 1999 is always going to be a bit of a brute. Still, with time in the glass, some of the firmer edges start to soften, releasing the wine's clarity, nuance and precision. This is another insanely beautiful 1999 Barolo from Roberto Voerzio...97" Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media 08/14 "1999 Barolo Brunate—Dark ruby. The Barolo Brunate reveals a penetrating nose of roses, licorice, menthol and toasted oak along with beautifully delineated layers of dark red fruit in a heady combination of aromas and flavors that seduce the taster. It displays great length on the palate, yet in a more delicate and less concentrated expression of Barolo than the La Serra, with extraordinary balance and elegance that fully captures the essence of this famous site. This shut down quickly in the glass and will require a few years in the bottle after which it should drink beautifully to age 20. A very special wine...95" WA 05/06 "Offers wonderful aromas of sweet berries, flowers and sandalwood. Full-bodied, with silky, fine tannins and a long finish. Love the texture to this refined, attractive wine. Another one to drink but will improve with age...93" WS 2009

Region: Italy » Piemonte » Barolo

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Winery: Roberto Voerzio
Color: Red
Varietal: Nebbiolo
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Roberto Voerzio:
This now cult status winery was established in 1986, when a young Roberto Voerzio decided to leave the family business to make wine on his own, with the support of his wife Pinuccia. The estate began with just two hectares (5 acres), but years of patient and diligent negotiations were rewarded with the acquisition of some of the most prestigious and historic crus in La Morra for the product... Read more
This now cult status winery was established in 1986, when a young Roberto Voerzio decided to leave the family business to make wine on his own, with the support of his wife Pinuccia. The estate began with just two hectares (5 acres), but years of patient and diligent negotiations were rewarded with the acquisition of some of the most prestigious and historic crus in La Morra for the production of Barolo as well as excellent vineyards for varieties such as Dolcetto, Barbera, Nebbiolo and Merlot. At Roberto Voerzio, an almost fanatical attention and dedication is lavished on each and every vineyard, vine and cluster. High density planting (6,000/8000 vines per hectare), short winter pruning (leaving just 6-8 buds per plant), a green harvest in mid-July (reducing the bunches by more than 50%) and a second thinning-out in mid-August (during which each cluster is reduced in size by cutting off the bottom part and leaving just the full, more concentrated upper section) translate into drastically reduced yields, at little as 500 g per plant for the most prestigious vineyards. Roberto Voerzio’s viticultural philosophy is simple: work the vineyards with the utmost respect. No chemical fertilizers, weed-killers, fungicides or other substances are utilized. Weeds between vineyard rows are removed manually and each individual vine is fertilized by hand using cow manure or humus, depending on the specific needs of the plant. A non-interventionalist philosophy is applied in the cellar as well where fermentation takes place naturally (without yeast inoculation) in stainless steel tanks. After the malolactic fermentation is complete (also in stainless steel), all the wines except Dolcetto are aged in wood, using a combination of large oak casks and small French oak barrels. Nothing is added and the wines are not filtered. This meticulous approach both in the vineyards and cellar has granted Roberto Voerzio countless accolades and admiration from wine enthusiasts around the world, each bottle a masterpiece of authenticity. “The wines of Roberto Voerzio are often (mistakenly) categorized as “modern.” We don’t produce modern wines. Perhaps the approach we take in the vineyards could be considered progressive, but it’s really nothing new; growers in other parts of the world have been applying the same methods for years.” – Davide Voerzio Source: http://vinconnect.com/wineries/roberto-voerzio/ Read less

"The 1999 Barolo Brunate is striking in its beauty. Rich, layered and balsamic, the 1999 boasts gorgeous depth and richness. Menthol, spice, pine and licorice all come to life in a vivid, beautifully articulated Barolo. The balance of fruit, acidity and tannin is simply remarkable, even if the 1999 is always going to be a bit of a brute. Still, with time in the glass, some of the firmer edges start to soften, releasing the wine's clarity, nuance and precision. This is another insanely beautiful 1999 Barolo from Roberto Voerzio...97" Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media 08/14 "1999 Barolo Brunate—Dark ruby. The Barolo Brunate reveals a penetrating nose of roses, licorice, menthol and toasted oak along with beautifully delineated layers of dark red fruit in a heady combination of aromas and flavors that seduce the taster. It displays great length on the palate, yet in a more delicate and less concentrated expression of Barolo than the La Serra, with extraordinary balance and elegance that fully captures the essence of this famous site. This shut down quickly in the glass and will require a few years in the bottle after which it should drink beautifully to age 20. A very special wine...95" WA 05/06 "Offers wonderful aromas of sweet berries, flowers and sandalwood. Full-bodied, with silky, fine tannins and a long finish. Love the texture to this refined, attractive wine. Another one to drink but will improve with age...93" WS 2009

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