The 'Pira' vineyard is a remarkable jewel in the Roagna crown. With plantings dating back to the 1930s, it is capable of producing some intensely flavoured expressions of Barolo. Tasting this was a real joy. Ripe fruit with notes of violet and floral perfume that's both incredibly pretty and inviting. The palate is powerful, whilst still being elegant and restrained. As Antonio Galloni points out, this is certainly a young Barolo and the tannins reflect that; grippy, yet very fine and all the hallmarks you need to know this will age incredibly well.
The 2016 Barolo Pira is a gorgeous, complex wine endowed with terrific depth and tons of nuance that continues to open over time. Light on its feet and yet wonderfully deep, the 2016 has so much going on. Kirsch, sweet red cherry, spice, orange zest, menthol and spice fill out the layers effortlessly. Young Barolo tannins are present, but there is plenty of richness in the fruit to keep things in balance. The Pira is absolutely stellar in this tasting.
Roagna are a historic, and highly regarded Piedmont producer who can trace their roots back to the mid 1800's in Barbaresco. Luca Roagna is the latest member of the family to lead the charge, working alongside his father to produce exceptional expressions of Nebbiolo. They are known for their wealth of old vineyards, which are farmed organically without certification. Theirs is a simple approach; care for the growing environment and produce wines with as little intervention as possible. Though famed for their Barbaresco and Barolo, they also produce an excellent Dolcetto that is fast become a Sourcing Table staff staple.