I had the great pleasure of spending a few hours with Roberto Voerzio tasting through his entire range at the end of 2015. He speaks little English and my Italian is average. Together we spoke enough French to open a revealing dialogue. In many ways he reminded me of Doc. from Yarra Yering. Take a look at the footage from this rare opportunity in the Wine Bites Mag – Roberto Voerzio Winemaker Session. It covers his 2011 Baroli and 2004 Barbera and Riserva. Roberto discusses the vineyards for each wine, his viticultural and winemaking philosophies, the controversies of modernist vs traditionalist winemaking in Barolo and much more.
Extreme passion and dedication to quality. Constantly pushing to grow better grapes and make better wine. Seeking harmony, sophistication, purity, layers and layers of aroma and flavour. His vineyards are tended as though they were his children. Yields miniscule. He works to drive the roots of his vines deep into the ground, and, feed them with compost rather than chemical fertiliser. You can see the mid-row trenching and composting below. With great pride he holds tiny bunches of Nebbiolo destined for his Barolo.
In addition to the 2013 Baroli we are offering the Barbera d’Alba Riserva Pozzo Annunziata La Morra 2013 available in Magnum 1.5L only & the Barolo Riserva 10 Anni Fossati Case Nere La Morra 2007. The Barbera is only available in magnum, this is how Roberto believes it should be drunk. “I’m bottling it in a magnum, because this a Barbera for an occassion.” Let’s face it magnums are more fun! Unlike many growers who replanted prime vineyards from Barbera to Nebbiolo, Roberto has kept his planting of Barbera in some of his best sites. It’s planted to a high density, with 4 canes in a goblet. Yields around 500g per vine. The results are outstanding. Amongst a tasting of his 2011 Baroli, a magnum of 2004 Barbera and the Riserva 10 Anni 2004 were standouts! Both, incredibly vibrant, fresh and simply delicious.
The Riserva with 10 years of age on it already is outstanding value with an additional 6 years of age on it compared to the current release. It’s from 2 vineyards Fossati and Case Nere, they attached to the La Serra and Cerquio vineyards. This additional time is spent in bottle not oak. So the wine doesn’t see any extra wood, just time in the cellar. This takes it into the window I like drinking Barolo in 10-20 years of age.
Roberto Voerzio says “2013 must be considered among the excellent vintages”. He adds” The wines of this harvest are very rich in all aspects: the colour, the smell, the taste and the body. They are complex, with very velvety and silky tannins, and we could compare them to the harvest 1999, and we rate it personally at 97-99/100.”
*We will only receive a few bottles of each wine. 1st come 1st served. Following allocation, in early April you will be invoiced for 50% of the total. The balance payable when the wines are ready to ship.