One of the great finds during a week well spent at VinItaly 2016 in Verona. A Barolo that reflects all that is classic from this much adored and sought after region. With its unadulterated power and ballerina-like elegance, Barolo is every wine lovers muse.
A region with a colourful past, where tradition and modernisation has always been at the head of every discussion, often ending in an argument and even family feuds. If there was only one thing to agree, it would be that Nebbiolo is KING. The variety arguably produces Italy’s greatest wine. This thin skinned, early flowering and late ripening variety has such a mysterious side to it. Pale and innocent looking at first, it produces structure, high acid, high tannin wines that have the potential to deliver the most sensual wine drinking experience, you have ever had.
The Pira family has been growing grapes around the hills Seralunga d’Alba for over 60 years. After selling fruit and wine to some of the biggest wineries in the region for well over 50 years, Luigi’s son Gianpaolo decided in the late 80’s to set up a winery and start production of their own. The sheer quality of this estate is what blew us away it is the full package. Producing Barolo from 3 tiny parcels of Nebbiolo and bottling these as single vineyard wines, the Pira family has set their sights on producing classic, terroir driven wines.
The 2012 Pira Barolo Serralunga is a blend from the above mentioned vineyards, a wine produced in the traditional style with 24 months maturation 25hl wooden botti. Garnet red with orange reflections, showing the characteristic innocent pale hues of what is a powerful wine. The nose reveals a classic Barolo - fresh and elegant in its notes of leather, hay, earth, spices, with dried rose petal overtones lifting the bouquet. On the palate it is round, showing perfect balance between high acidity and tannins, with the most seductive velvet-like finish. The true mystery and temptation of Barolo perfectly on show. The Pira Barolo offers unbelievable quality for the price and is a must buy for any lover of Italian wine.