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Roberto Voerzio Barolo Sarmassa 2009

Member Review by Italian Wine Blog:

Lively and vivacious ruby red colour and still possessing very dark hues around the glass edge. Powerful aromas of tobacco and mocha with some spices and cinnamon coming through. The palate is seriously jammy with fruit concentrate coming through in spades, full bodied and luxurious tannins culminate in a 30 second finish that is memorable and satisfying. I bought two of these in magnum so I really do put my money where my mouth is with this baby.

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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

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Vintage: 1998 07/22/2008

Lively and vivacious ruby red colour and still possessing very dark hues around the glass edge. Powerful aromas of tobacco and mocha with some spices and cinnamon coming through. The palate is seriously jammy with fruit concentrate coming through in spades, full bodied and luxurious tannins culminate in a 30 second finish that is memorable and satisfying. I bought two of these in magnum so I really do put my money where my mouth is with this baby.


External Reviews for Roberto Voerzio Barolo Sarmassa

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

The 2009 Barolo Sarmassa is all about pure sensuality. Freshly cut roses sweet cherries raspberries mint and subtle spices are woven together in a finely knit fabric of the utmost elegance. Like the Cerequio a wine it shares so many qualities with the Sarmassa is quite rich and voluptuous in this vintage but all the elements are very much in the right place. Elegance and power are rarely this well balanced. (Magnum) Drink 2017 - 2029 Antonio Galloni.


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/04/2014

Loads of dried fruits such as strawberries and cherries. Full and very silky textured from the ripe tannins. Hints of cocoa and lightly toasted oak too. Wonderful tannins. Magnums only. Better in 2016. James Suckling.


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/04/2014

Good medium-deep red. Deeply pitched aromas of plum mocha and truffley underbrush; roasted in a positive way. At once thick and lively in the mouth boasting lush sweet flavors of redcurrant cherry and plum complicated by porcini and earth and complemented by mellow oak tones. Finishes very long with huge broad well-buffered tannins. This classic Barolo is delicious already. Stephen Tanzers IWC.


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2008 05/08/2012

A Nebbiolo wine from Piedmont in Italy. 2008 Roberto Voerzio Barolo Sarmassa di Barolo 1500ml


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2008 05/15/2012

The 2008 Barolo Sarmassa (magnum) is beautifully expressive, even at this early stage. It is also one of only two 2008s here (the other is Capalot) that was aged entirely in French oak barrique. Freshly cut flowers, dark red berries and mint are some... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Nebbiolo wine from Piedmont in Italy. 2008 Roberto Voerzio Barolo Sarmassa di Barolo 1500ml


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2006 11/02/2011

Voerzio's 2006 Barolo Sarmassa di Barolo (magnum) literally explodes on the palate with red fruit, flowers, spices and mint. Still tightly wound, the 2006 is an especially powerful Sarmassa that isn't quite as accessible as it often is at this stage.... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Nebbiolo wine from Piedmont in Italy. 2006 Roberto Voerzio Barolo Sarmassa di Barolo 1500ml



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