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Roagna Barolo Rocca 1999

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Region: Italy » Piedmont

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  • 1999

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Winery: Roagna
Color: Red
Varietal: Nebbiolo
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Roagna:
The roots The Nebbiolo grape, deep-rooted since ancient times in the gentle slopes of the Langhe hills in Alba area, found in Barbaresco village unique personality and features in the world. Roagna family, wine-makers since generations, is passing down from father to son the historical procedures and techniques, in keeping with the grape tradition. Yesterday Roagna family have been dealing wit... Read more
The roots The Nebbiolo grape, deep-rooted since ancient times in the gentle slopes of the Langhe hills in Alba area, found in Barbaresco village unique personality and features in the world. Roagna family, wine-makers since generations, is passing down from father to son the historical procedures and techniques, in keeping with the grape tradition. Yesterday Roagna family have been dealing with wine-growing and winery activity for over a century and a half, when the traditional wine-making style was started. Vincenzo, the grand-grandfather, owned the historical winery situated in the centre of the small Barbaresco village and after having harvested the grapes at the earliest foggy days (Nebbiolo comes from "nebbia" the Italian word for fog) he made wine in wood vats: this happened yesterday and it is still happening today. Years later, Giovanni Roagna and Maria Candida, moved the winery to the I Paglieri (Pajé) farm, seeing in that hill one of the highest expression of the territory. Today When Alfredo Roagna finished his agricultural science studies he supported his father with the help of his wife Luigina; he tried out new techniques and he strived for the utmost identity of the terroir. The innovative techniques made a great and important contribution, especially in the vineyards, allowing in 1990 the business growth with the purchase of the five hundred years old Cascina Pira in Rocche di Castiglione Falletto. The land is cultivated, as all our vineyards, directly by the family members themselves. At the end of '90 Luca, the fifth wine-maker generation, joined his parents in the company. Soon the restoration of the historic Cascina Pira started to build Casa Roagna, a meeting place between lovers of traditional-style wines and our family. We will sadly remind the 2006 as the most difficult year of our history, due to the death of Giovanni in April and Luigina in August. Tomorrow We have been following up the same ideas ever since, these ideas are a proper life philosophy; the support from technologies is important, but only to protect the uniqueness and the identity of Nebbiolo grape, in its best expression of the terroir. The greatness of a wine from Langa lies in the land, which is unique and it differs from one hill to another (and maybe more), in its elegance of its microelements. Men have to understand it and not to force it. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Roagna Barolo Rocca

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065217,192
4.50 5
05/07/2009

a captivatingly spicy nose full of caraway, cardamon and tumeric with a stemmy notes and dried floral tones. In the mouth this was slightly jammy yet had the sweet/astringent quality of my beloved lingonberries, though the actual flavor profile was dark berry fruit over blue shale/clay and a return of the middle eastern spice notes found on the nose. There is a bit of VA here, which may be off putting to some people but for me it really just added a little lift to the nose. 2009-2019 91pts


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Snooth User: dista23
79950305
4.00 5
10/10/2008

Solid Barbaresco! Had it with steak and couldn't get enough of it. Very well balanced, nice fruit, balanced acidity and tannins with a long finish. Would drink again. Great value.


Snooth User: kells277
103907172
3.00 5
05/24/2009

TJ liked this wine more than I did. Strong tannins. good with parmesan or hard gritty cheese. Tried at Jumeriah/Essex house tasting 2009.


Snooth User: charltondon
10605124
5.00 5
12/14/2008

Needs to open for 30 minutes then it rocks.


Snooth User: Casey Tatham
8822263
4.00 5
09/06/2011

Love this Barolo!!!!


External Reviews for Roagna Barolo Rocca

External Review
03/14/2008

If you're looking for traditional Barbaresco, look no further. This is just beginning to shine with ample character of violets, mandarin, tar and warm spices. Decant and enjoy today with rich, Italian fare.


External Review
05/18/2010

1 x 1500ML Magnum


External Review
02/26/2010

Rich nose with a clear tar aroma , tobacco, spices & white flowers with an excitingly evolving bouquet. Full, austere and elegant on the palate with a great structure, consistent with the nose. This wine can be matched with red meat, stew meat, ripe cheese and pasta. It can be also used as a “vino da meditazione” (meditation wine), to be savored on its own.


External Review
11/18/2008

An organic and naturally made Barbaresco made in the traditional way - the only way Barbaresco should be.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Roagnarsquo;s 2004 Barolo La Rocca e la Pira is awesome. A sensual, layered Barolo, the wine emerges from the glass with gorgeous inner perfume, power and depth in its dark fruit. The aromatics seem to be developing faster than the fruit and structural components. My impression is that this wonrsquo;t be a terribly long-lived wine, but it should drink well to age twenty or so. Anticipated maturity: 2014ndash;2024.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

The 1999 Barolo La Rocca e La Pira opens with a dark-toned yet translucent ruby color and a nuanced, balsamic nose followed by layers of vibrant sweet fruit that blossom onto the palate with awesome purity, class and elegance. As it sits in the glass a multitude of smoke, tar, violet, menthol and spice nuances make an appearance, completing this delicious, classically structured Barolo. In 1999 some of the wood foudres were new and this wine shows a note of sweet toasted oak that is somewhat uncharacteristic for this producer. Anticipated maturity: 2011ndash;2024.



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