2014 Pira Barolo
$89.99 US LOW
91 pts VM (Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media)
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.
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.
The 2014 Barolo Pira is a very pretty wine, but it is also quite open, both in its aromatics, and structural feel, where the wine feels unusually ample. Dark spice, tobacco, worn-in leather and mint are nicely laced together. This is a superb effort for the year, but I would not plan on cellaring it for too long, as it is quite open for a young Barolo, by Roagna standards.