Varietal: Nebbiolo Appellation: Barolo Country: Italy
ABOUT CANTINA ROBERTO VOERZIO:
In the last 30+ years, Roberto Voerzio's wines have achieved cult-like status among his followers. His winery was established in 1986, after he decided to leave the family business to make wine on his own. His estate began with only two hectares (5 acres), but over the years he acquired some of the most prestigious and historic vineyards in La Morra for the production of Barolo and other excellent locations for varieties including Dolcetto, Barbera, Nebbiolo and Merlot. Properties include Brunate, La Serra, Cerequio, Rocche dell’Annunziata/Torriglione, Vecchie Vite dei Capalot e dell Brunate, and Sarmassa.
At Cantina Roberto Voerzio, the philosophy is simple - respect the vineyards and keep things natural. They don't use chemical fertilizers, weed-killers, fungicides or other substances and weeds between the vineyard rows are removed by hand and each vine fertilized individually using cow manure or humus depending on the needs of the individual grape vine. Vines and grape clusters are thinned out twice during the growing season translating into drastically reduced yields - recognized as the lowest in Barolo. An all natural approach is also applied in the cellar where fermentation takes place naturally (without yeast) in stainless steel tanks. After the malolactic fermentation is completed (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.
Wine Spectator - 97 points
"Offers aromas of blackberry, licorice and tar. Intense and full-bodied, with a wonderful concentration of fruit, supersilky tannins and a complex finish of pure fruit and Indian spices. Superb for the vintage. Best after 2012. 405 cases made." (June 2008)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - 94 points
"The 2004 Barolo La Serra reveals a generous personality in its dark red fruit with notable depth and richness that carries through to the persistent, sweet finish. With air, floral notes develop to round out this particularly multi-dimensional, full-bodied and beautiful La Serra. 2004 is a great vintage for this wine, which can sometimes be austere. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2022." (December 2007)