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Roberto Voerzio Barolo la Serra 2011

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Nice notes of macerated flowers greets the nose along with wood spice, toasty oak, and some balsamic top notes. Nicely rich and powerful on entry with good clarity on the palate and lots of ripe fruit supported by nice ripe tannins lending this a broad and yet transparent feel on the palate. This shows a little oxidation on the backend with a little rusty edge and finishes fairly short, though this shows some potential. A bit chunky and fruity. 88pts

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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

Editorial Reviews for Roberto Voerzio Barolo la Serra

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 06/26/2013

Nice notes of macerated flowers greets the nose along with wood spice, toasty oak, and some balsamic top notes. Nicely rich and powerful on entry with good clarity on the palate and lots of ripe fruit supported by nice ripe tannins lending this a broad and yet transparent feel on the palate. This shows a little oxidation on the backend with a little rusty edge and finishes fairly short, though this shows some potential. A bit chunky and fruity. 88pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
4.00 5
Vintage: 1985 12/11/2008

This got a little lost in tonight's line-up. It offered up a big, fruity nose with touches of poop, leather and woodspice but in a simpler and decidely more fruit driven tone than the Giacosas. The mouthfeel was soft with lots of very ripe tannins and adeuquate acidity. There was solid if slightly simple fruit that had a touch of an extracted feel and the tannins seem a bit incongruous, especially paired as this was with the brilliant bottle of 1988 Giacosa Villero. The fruit here is surprisingly black toned with a candied blackberry quality. The finish shows some incipient complexity with emerging tones of truffle, mushroom and flowers though for a 1985 this is rather immature and unevolved. I wonder what will happen here. It's worth watching and may very likely warrant a higher score in the future. 20010-2020 90pts


Member Reviews for Roberto Voerzio Barolo la Serra

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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
4.40 5
Vintage: 2009 06/26/2013

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: pablopapovitch
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4.50 5
Vintage: 2004 04/14/2015

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: Healy
31380232
5.00 5
Vintage: 1999 11/03/2007

It pays to have very generous and crazy friends who are willing to bring you a bottle of Barolo in a suitcase all the way from Northern Europe. Beautiful dark purple, with a bit of brown on it as well. Strong fruity flavors (strawberry) coming off the nose. Smooth mouth-feel and satisfying fruit, mainly strawberry. Incredible long finish. Amazing tannins, solid after-taste of strawberries. This is a GREAT wine. Decant or let this wine sit opened for a bit before you really dig in – it opens up!


0.00 5
Vintage: 1998 07/22/2008

Perfect ruby red colour with much lighter hues, the Barolo La Serra has an interesting nose of chocolate, cherries and spicebox. The palate is very tannic, aggressive and austere it clearly needs more time. R.V Barolo La Serra is normally better than this, for me, and considering the price, this is a pass.


External Reviews for Roberto Voerzio Barolo la Serra

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Vintage: 2010 06/20/2014

A red with lovely balance of fruit and ultra-fine tannins. Full body with strawberry spice and chocolate character. Chewy finish. This is tight and powerful. Pure. Needs time to soften. Better in 2016. James Suckling.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 06/20/2014

Firm tannins give the 2010 Barolo La Serra much of its energy and cut. A brilliant wine the 2010 bursts from the glass with freshly cut flowers mint sweet spices and licorice. As always La Serra has a certain tannic spine that is impossible to miss. In 2010 La Serra is striking. Sweet rose petals red berries mint and crushed rocks reappear on the bright chiseled finish. This is a fabulous La Serra. Antonio Galloni.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 06/20/2014

I love the character of the 2009 Barolo La Serra and was immediately blown away by the beauty of the bouquet. The wine exhibits exotic tones of cumin seed and cardamom that take your senses to an imaginary North African bazaar. The consistency is soft and sensual. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025. - Monica Larner Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 11/14/2013

The 2009 Barolo La Serra impresses for its finesse and balance. There is so much fruit in the 2009 that the angular tannins typical of this site are virtually buried. Sweet floral notes intermingled with mint raspberries and rose petals all add lift and freshness on the finish. The 2009 opens up beautifully with time in the glass. Today it is wonderfully vivid and alive in the glass. Drink 2017 - 2029 Antonio Galloni.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 03/21/2014

Aromas of dried strawberries and plums. Ripe but not overly ripe. Full-bodied with chewy tannins that are polished and round. Very pretty. Give it two or three years to soften but already very balanced. James Suckling.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 11/14/2013

Subtle aromas of blueberries and porcini mushrooms follow through to a full body with soft and silky tannins and a delicate chocolate and berry aftertaste. Hard not to drink now but will improve with age. James Suckling.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 05/08/2012

A Nebbiolo wine from Piedmont in Italy. 2008 Roberto Voerzio Barolo la Serra 750ml


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