Roberto Voerzio Langhe Nebbiolo Disanfrancesco 2016

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Roberto Voerzio Langhe Nebbiolo ‘Disanfrancesco’ 2016

Nebbiolo from La Morra, Piedmont, Italy


$63ea in any 3+
$56ea in any 6+
Closure: Cork
Get a sneak peak into 2016 Barolo with the Langhe Neb's. With Roberto's Cru wines reaching prices exceeding $400 a bottle, it's great to have the chance to try his Nebbiolo at a fraction of the price!


Roberto’s Langhe Nebbiolo has incredible pedigree coming from two vineyards adjacent to Brunate. Vineyard pedigree at this level doesn’t get any better! Although his entry level wine, it would qualify as the top wines of many producers.

The 2015 is delicious, the 2016 lifts a notch. Where the 2015 took a year to resolve the 2016 is drinking so beautifully now. Seamless and refined, it’s just so together. It presents more like a Pinot than a Neb! Feminine, supple, plush, fragrant & delicious.

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Why is this Wine so Yummy?

First harvest: 2001
Vineyard Location: La Morra sub-zone of Barolo – The wine is sourced from the two vineyards close to Brunate, San Francesco and Fontanazza.
Plant density: 6000 – 8000 plants / ha
Yield per plant: 1 Kg – 1.5 Kg
Exposure: south-east
Variety: 100% Nebbiolo
Harvest: end of September
Bottles produced: 10000/12000
Fermentation: steel
Serving temperature: 15 ° C – 16 ° C

Fermentation is carried out in the traditional manner in small volume stainless steel vats, with an exposed cap with frequent pumping over and manual punching down of the cap. The fermentation temperature ranges from 30-32 degrees Celsius, duration around 15-20 days. The malo-lactic fermentation follows immediately.

Maturation The wine was aged for 12 months in French oak tonneaux (500L) and botte (2,500L), and was not filtered but rather clarified with egg white in the traditional and natural manner. The wine is further aged in bottle prior to release.

The 2016 Vintage

The 2016 vintage was one of the longest-lasting in recent years. Early winter was dry and mild, however, from the end of February through March, the temperatures dropped with plenty of rain, providing good reserves of water. The “late” cold delayed the vegetative cycle, and spring proper also started wet with average daytime temperatures but low overnight minimums, helping retain good health.

This phenological delay continued until the end of the summer, which began slowly, but, extended until the end of September. The white harvest ran from September 5th to 20th, with the wines showing excellent aroma and good acidity due to cooler summer temperature peaks. The red harvest began immediately after with Dolcetto, followed without a break to the middle of October with the Barbera and Nebbiolo. 2016 was a very good vintage for Dolcetto, but even more so for Barbera, which acquired excellent levels of sugar over a long period of stable conditions, while maintaining the varietal’s typically good acidity.

Nebbiolo also achieved good phenological ripeness, a direct result of the perfect warm, sunny conditions of the second half of September. Whilst it is still early, the 2016 vintage wines display excellent balance, generous aromatics and great structure, and in some cases lower alcohols, compared to 2015. 2016 promises to be a vintage which will be talked about for a long time to come!


Nebbiolo, pronounced NEH-bee-oh-low, is such a unique variety. The name is derived from the Italian word Nebbiameaning fog. To theories for the name exist. The first that it refers to the fog that the vineyards of the Langhe are often immersed in. Second that the natural bloom that covers the grapes gives them a foggy appearance. Given the latter applies to most red grapes I prefer the former! There are 4 main clones of which Nebbiolo Lampia dominates over  Nebbiolo Michet, Rosé (now proven to be a different variety), and, Bolla.

Where is it grown?

Southern central and north Piemonte: Langhe including Verduno, Roero, Ast, Carema, Biella, Novara and Vercelli. It is also grown in the lower parts of the Valle d’Aosta where it is known as Picotendroi, and, Lombardy amongst others.

What does it taste like?

The ultimate case of not judging a book by its cover, Nebbiolo, at first appears pale in colour, old wines can have the appearance of rusty tap water.

Then you smell it! The aroma of most red wines is dominated by fruit characters. In contrast, Nebbiolo’s aroma is typically a mix of complex secondary aroma, earthy, tary, spice, rose, citrus peel, woody herbs like rosemary, liquorice, phenol, dark chocolate, tobacco, truffles, leather, and, dark cherry fruit, often more evident on the palate. You’ll see this difference immediately comparing the Barbera and Dolcetto in this trilogy.

Good Nebbiolo has a core of fruit running the length of your tongue, along with layers of those same secondary characters. Nebbiolo’s grape tannins give it a distinct texture, that for those who have not tried it before can seem hard, and, unyielding. Look for the quality and depth of tannin.

Achieving well balance tannin, alcohol, and, acidity makes for great Nebbiolo.

More than most other Italian wines, Nebbiolo, demands food to be at it’s best. A little fat and salt, enhance the texture and bring out the flavours.

Tips for Drinking this Wines

🌡Temp: 16°C. We tend to drink reds an edge warm. There’s nothing wrong with chucking the bottles in the fridge for 15minutes to drop a few degrees off them. If they end up too cold they’ll warm up quickly in the glass.

🍷Decanting: All of these wines will benefit from being thrown in a decanter, particularly in their youth. If you’re using a Coravin or other wine preserver, pour enough into each glass to be able to try them over the course of several hours. These young reds will open up and be more expressive with a bit of time in the glass.

⏳Time: I love trying good wines stand alone, with food, and, often the next day. It gives them the chance to shine and ensures you don’t miss a good wine through impatience or fail to bring out it’s best by not marrying them to food.

🕯Cellaring: Voerzio’s wines are drinking beautifully now, a testament to a skilled maker, one who clearly understands the interplay between oxygen, fruit, and, tannin! The Nebbiolo will drink well now and over the next 10 years.

🥩🍝🍕🍳Food Match: Just think Piedmontese, braises, rich tomato based ragù, truffles, beef, quail, lamb, wild boar, rabbit. Beef carpaccio with egg yolk and truffle oil! Head south and pair it with a pizza and you’ll go to a happy place. They make for excellent BBQ wines too.

The Best 2 Options for Preserving your Wine:

  1. Grab a Coravin wine preserver.
  2. Watch this video, “Stop the Wine-ocide” Kaani 2012 – My Deep Dark Secret, one of my first, about saving open bottles of wine from the drain, sorry about the quality, but, the message is still there.


Where in the world does the magic happen?

Azienda Agricola Voerzio Roberto, Località Cerreto, La Morra, Province of Cuneo, Italy

La Morra