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Barolo la Serra Roberto Voerzio 95vm 1999

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"The 1999 Barolo La Serra has always been a magnificent wine as it is again tonight. I have often felt this Barolo and Voerzio’s other 1999s, signal the first move towards a more elegant and finessed style. Sweet, floral aromatics meld into vibrant layers of mineral-infused dark cherries as the wine opens up in the glass. This young, sweeping Barolo is simply magnificent and one of the very finest La Serras Voerzio has made over the course of his career. Though delicious today, the wine promises to drink beautifully for another 15-20 years. It is superb...95" WA 03/10 "Offers dried fruit, such as fruit cake or trail mix, on the nose. Full-bodied, with chewy, fine tannins and a berry, vanilla and coffee bean aftertaste. Needs time to show all the potential here...95" WS 2009 "A magnificent wine when it was young, Roberto Voerzio's 1999 Barolo La Serra has developed beautifully in bottle. Fresh, floral aromatics abound in a layered, impeccably delineated wine. Sweet rose petals, red berries, spices and mint are wrapped around a core of super-expressive fruit. The usually firm La Serra tannins are nearly covered by the intensity of the fruit. I have always adored the 1999 La Serra, a wine that remains fabulous, with plenty of life ahead...95" Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media 08/14

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 La Serra has always been a magnificent wine as it is again tonight. I have often felt this Barolo and Voerzio’s other 1999s, signal the first move towards a more elegant and finessed style. Sweet, floral aromatics meld into vibrant layers of mineral-infused dark cherries as the wine opens up in the glass. This young, sweeping Barolo is simply magnificent and one of the very finest La Serras Voerzio has made over the course of his career. Though delicious today, the wine promises to drink beautifully for another 15-20 years. It is superb...95" WA 03/10 "Offers dried fruit, such as fruit cake or trail mix, on the nose. Full-bodied, with chewy, fine tannins and a berry, vanilla and coffee bean aftertaste. Needs time to show all the potential here...95" WS 2009 "A magnificent wine when it was young, Roberto Voerzio's 1999 Barolo La Serra has developed beautifully in bottle. Fresh, floral aromatics abound in a layered, impeccably delineated wine. Sweet rose petals, red berries, spices and mint are wrapped around a core of super-expressive fruit. The usually firm La Serra tannins are nearly covered by the intensity of the fruit. I have always adored the 1999 La Serra, a wine that remains fabulous, with plenty of life ahead...95" Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media 08/14

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