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Average critic rating : 90.5 points
The 1998 Barolo La Serra is a finesse-styled offering, exhibiting a deep ruby color in addition to a sexy nose of sweet black cherries, fennel, vanilla, and spice. Velvety texture, full body, and overall harmony suggest it will drink well young as well as over the following 10-15 years. ||A Leonardo Locascio Selection, Winebow, Hohokus, NJ; tel. (201) 445-0620. Wine Advocate.October, 2001
Azienda Agricola Roberto Voerzio is an Italian wine producer based in La Morra, in the heart of the Langhe area of Piemonte. The winery is known for producing top quality Barolo from some of the most prestigious vineyard sites in the region. In addition to Barolo, Barbera d’Alba, Dolcetto and Merlot are also produced at a very high level. The winery philosophy is simply to have the greatest respect for nature. No chemical fertilizers, fungicides or pesticides are used at all in the vineyards and vines are pruned heavily in the winter, leaving only 5-8 buds per plant. During the growing season the vineyards are maintained meticulously with heavy green harvesting, pruning and leaf thinning, resulting in a very small but high quality production. The yields at Roberto Voerzio are said to be the lowest in the region. In the winery, fermentations are carried out as cleanly as possible with only native yeast being used and no use of additives that can alter the flavour profile of the wine. All of the wines are bottled unfiltered in order to maintain their intense flavour concentration, though they are known to be bright, elegant and light on their feet stylistically. The winery recommends a minimum of 5-6 ageing in the bottle before they are opened; however, they will evolve over 2-30 years if kept in optimal conditions. The production at Roberto Voerzio is limited; with 20 hectares under vine, only 40,000-60,000 bottles are produced depending on the harvest. With remarkable pedigree, massive ageing potential and consistently high scores from James Suckling and Antonio Galloni, the Barolo from Roberto Voerzio is not to be missed.
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