2005 Barolo Riserva Fossati Case Nere Roberto Voerzio

The 2005 Barolo Fossati Case Nere Riserva 10 anni from genius producer Roberto Voerzio is an utterly stunning wine, and with 97 points from James Suckling, is not to be overlooked.


Only tiny amounts of this have been made and they are only now being released onto the market having spent the last ten years maturing at the winery. This long wait allows the Nebbiolo to soften and relax, allowing the trademark perfume and delicacy, so sought-after in Barolo, to shine through.


The wine is sourced from two of Voerzio’s sites in La Morra; a 3.7 acre plot in the Fossati vineyard and a 2.5 acre plot in Case Nere in the middle of the Cerequio vineyard. Both are superbly situated and in combination make wines that express exactly what is great about Barolo.


The unique blend of tremendous raw-materials, expert winemaking and this long period in the cellar have created something truly spectacular. A rare and exciting gem for the cellar, to “drink and marvel” at.

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Average critic rating : 95.5 points



Another strong effort, the 2005 Barolo Riserva 10 Anni Fossati Case Nere offers an intriguing interplay of power and sensuality. Dark red stone fruits, menthol, sage and licorice open up, but with considerable aeration. The aromatics are beguiling, while there is quite a bit of depth to the fruit, all of which adds up to a satisfying if reticent Barolo that should be cellared for another year or two, or given a at least a few hours of air. Jul 2016, www.vinous.com, Drink: 2018-2030



“A silky and refined red with hints of chocolate, toffee and dried fruits, verging on prunes. Full-bodied, yet compacted and polished. Beautiful finish. A gorgeous red now 10 years old. This is released 10 years after the vintage. Drink and marvel.” Sept 2015 www.jamessuckling.com

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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