2014 Pira Barolo
The Pira Vineyard is located in Castiglione di Falletto and is protected at the top by the Rocche of Castiglione and downstream from the forest with a stream flowing from Bussia of Monforte d’Alba. There are 6 unique micro parcels depending on the composition of the terrain which ranges from limestone marl Roca to blue stone. The vines for this wine are between 25 and 50 years of age and when replanted are selection massale.
Fermentation takes place exclusively in large wood casks thanks to a pied de cuve created from indigenous yeasts for ten days. And THEN the maceration starts which can last for at least two months, (60 – 75 days). The wine is then aged in a neutral oak barrel for approximately 5 years.
95 pts Robert Parker Wine Advocate
The Pira cru is a Roagna family monopoly. They purchased this site (in Castiglione Falletto) in 1990, and the vines range from 40 to 50 years old. The 2014 Barolo Pira opens to dark and impeccably focused fruit. This wine offers an incredible level of sharpness and detail that adds a vivid, Technicolor character to the bouquet. The aromas are lifted, bright and vertical, fueled by the power and elegance that comes so naturally to Nebbiolo. There is zest and energy here, with plenty of acidity and tannic structure to liven up the finish.
93 pts Wine Spectator
Plum, mint and menthol aromas are the main themes, along with tar, licorice, leather and wild herb notes. Though the fruit is buried, there is sweetness midpalate, finishing on the dry side. A bit austere, but long, finding good equilibrium. Best from 2023 through 2039.