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Average critic rating : 96.0 points
The 2007 Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata/Torriglione is one of the more reserved wines in this line-up. Stylistically it is a touch leaner and more focused than the rest of Voerzio’s 2007s. Fragrant dark cherries, minerals, mint, pine and spices emerge gracefully from the Rocche. The finish is long, polished and exceptionally elegant, even if the Rocche doesn’t quite reach the level of the finest wines here. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2027. ||This is a stunning set of wines from Roberto Voerzio. I have been following Voerzio’s 2007s for several years, and now that they are in bottle they are every bit as magical as I had hoped they would be. Stylistically, the 2007s are most reminiscent of the 2004s, but with more fruit. Although the wines should be cellared for at least a few years, readers who can’t resist the urge to taste them now should open their bottles at least a few hours in advance. Voerzio’s passion, his ability to make fabulous, ageworthy wines even in the smallest of vintages, and his total commitment to quality, even over a period of years that have been very difficult on a personal level place him at the pinnacle of achievement among the world’s most gifted winemakers. The financial resources needed to acquire these wines are significant. With the exception of a transitionary period in the mid 1990s, every wine I have tasted and bought from these cellars since 1988 has been brilliant, and many have been profound. Vintage 2007 is the last to have been aged exclusively in French oak, beginning in 2008 all of the Baroli are aged in equal parts cask and French oak, the approach Voerzio used for his wines through 1993. As we were going to press I learned that Roberto Voerzio's wife, Pinuccia, lost her battle with a long illness. I met Pinuccia several times, always on the run, but she was always kind and gracious, even when she had every reason not to be. At 55 she was far too young to have left behind a loving family. I have had many memorable tastings at the winery, but by far the most memorable was in November 2009, when the Voerzios opened several dozen wines that pretty much spanned their entire career. As I was leaving, I stopped, as I always do, to look at the beautiful collage of photos that hangs in the tasting room. It is a moving chronology full of pictures of a young Roberto and Pinuccia in their vineyards and in other happy moments of their life together. A song by the famous Italian singer Antonello Venditti was playing on the radio. I could feel it was a special moment. I just didn't know how special. I know I am joined by all of our readers in offering the Voerzio family our deepest condolences.||A Leonardo Lo Cascio Selection, Winebow, Montvale, NJ; tel. (201) 445-0620 Wine Advocate.February, 2011
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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