The Roagnas have been winemakers in the village of Barbaresco since the mid 1800’s and they have been making wine under their own name since the early 20th century. The current head of the estate is Luca Roagna and he is the 5th generation. He attained an academic degree in oenology because he wanted to understand intellectually all the practices he observed in the field and in the cellar by his father Alfredo and grandfather Giovanni. He describes his style as both traditional and innovative. Traditional in the sense that the estate adheres to its historic organic practices of pre-chemical farming. Innovative by incorporating more recently recognized biodynamic methods and the construction of a new winery that simply ensures modern economy in pressing the grapes, barreling, ageing and bottling.
Luca says this: “Our goal is to bring pleasure to those who drink our wine, we don’t want to harm them . . . I don’t want to make wines full of herbicides and pesticides . . . there are already enough problems in the world, we don’t want to contribute another. Wine is meant to be enjoyed. Making wine naturally is the only practice that truly expresses terroir.” (Thanks to Roagna’s importer Louis/Dressner for these quotes).
And Luca again: “We believe that the beauty of a wine begins with a concert played by thousands of unique grapevines where each individual vine interprets their own personal subsoil.” This is taking the seeking of terroir to its ultimate level.
Roagna owns vines in some of the best vineyards of Barbaresco and Barolo. The Langhe Rosso 2015 comes from younger vines, around 25yrs (which is not really that young), from mostly its Paje Barbaresco plot and some coming from the Pira Barolo vineyard. The wine is made with natural yeasts, is unfiltered and only minimal sulphites are added. The bouquet is perfumed with herbal and red fruit notes. It is mid-weight on the palate and savory with flavors of cedar and cherry and a nice tannic grip, and a long finish. It is drinking in peak form now though it should age nicely for 5 – 10 years. This is backdoor pop and pour Barbaresco without the steeper pricing of classified Barbaresco.
Roagna Langhe Rosso 2015
Retail Price: $ 44.99
Sale Price: $39.97
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