2010 Barolo Sarmassa Roberto Voerzio

Size Availability? price? Qty

Average critic rating : 96.5 points



This shows incredible depth of fruit and intensity for the vintage with a full body yet super integrated and refined tannins. The texture is spellbinding. It caresses every inch of your palate. Fabulous. Only magnum. Try in 2019. (Mar 2014) www.jamessucking.com



The 2010 Barolo Sarmassa (tasted in a magnum) opens to soft, toasted notes of exotic spice, clove and black pepper. There’s a great level of dimension and fruit-driven softness at the heart of this delicious Barolo. Davide and Roberto cut away up to two thirds of each cluster in the vineyard to ensure evenness in ripening. All barrique Drink: 2017-2034. ||Roberto Voerzio started buying prized vineyard parcels in 1982 and has since amassed one of the most important portfolios of single-vineyards (15 parcels over totaling 12 hectares) in La Morra (with Sarmassa and a piece of Cerequio in the neighboring township of Barolo). He follows a unique winemaking philosophy that is somewhere on the spectrum between traditionalists and modernist, but Roberto himself brushes off these broad stroke categories with a shrug and a smile. “In the years between 2003 and 2007, my approach to oak changed over and over. I went from larger containers to smaller ones and back again to larger,” he says: “Ultimately no one really noticed. What is noticeable however is his non-interventionist’s approach. He uses ambient years without sulfites for the fermentations followed by spontaneous malolactic fermentations and does not filter. He also chooses different bottle formats to represent each wine (with a generous array of large format bottles) and sells them in meticulously numbered lots. Fossati was latest acquisition with 20 and 30 years vines. eRobertParker.com.July, 2014

Roberto Voerzio: The Importance

Described by Robert Parker as “one of the most fanatical producers I have ever met”, Roberto Voerzio has been creating a range of wines in his unique style from the best sites of La Morra in Piemonte since the 1980s.


Voerzio places quality above all else at his estate. He ensures this in the vineyard by planting at extremely high densities, with green harvesting, pruning and leaf thinning all being practiced in the vineyard, the combination of which leads to the lowest yields in all of the region, about half the yield necessary for what would be considered an exceptional quality wine. If he does not deem the quality of one of his wines to meet his strict standards in a particular vintage, he will not release it at all, choosing to prioritise quality over financial returns. This was the case in 2003 when some of the wines did not complete fermentation and he chose not to release them, resulting in no Barolo La Serra or Barolo Rocche dell’Annunziata being produced in this vintage.


Roberto Voerzio: The Insight

Certain elements of Voerzio’s style – such as the lighter, less powerfully tannic nature of his wines and his use of small French oak barriques – has led some to consider him to be a modern winemaker. However, Voerzio often remains loyal to traditional methods, such as macerating his grapes for approximately 15 days. The 2007 was also the last vintage where all the wine was aged exclusively in French oak barriques, and since 2008, Voerzio has returned to the more traditional ageing method that he had used up until 1993, which was to age his wine in equal parts cask and French oak. Despite the debate as to whether Voerzio’s style is more traditional or modern, Parker believes that Voerzio’s wine is “pure and expressive in a style that is neither modern nor traditional, these are wines that reflect the highly individual style of their maker as well as the profound voice of La Morra’s finest sites.”


The estate owns or manages about 8.5 hectares of vineyards in some of the most respected single vineyard sites in La Morra including Brunate, Cerequio, Capalot and La Serra which are all sourced to produce single vineyard Barolo’s, along with two Barbera d’Alba’s, a Dolcetto d’Alba, a Langhe Merlot and a Langhe Nebbiolo.


Antonio Galloni rates the 2010 Barolo Cerequio 99 points and writes that it “is a stunner. Deep, layered and absolutely impeccable, the 2010 wraps around the palate with serious intensity and never lets up. In 2010 the Cerequio is surprisingly powerful, with darker tonalities of fruit and more spice notes than normal. The sweet, silky Cerequio tannins are there, but there is a volume and breadth in the 2010 that is impossible to miss. This is a breathtaking Barolo from Roberto and Davide Voerzio.


Of the 2012 Barolo Sarmassa which he rates at 99 points, James Suckling writes that it “possesses terrific aromas of pure strawberries and orange peel. Spanish-cedar undertones. Full body and a perfect balance of ripe fruit, hints of lemon and orange peel. Undertones of milk chocolate. Vibrant finish.”


Voerzio’s other wines are extremely highly regarded especially his Barbera which is likely the most highly regarded in the region. Antonio Galloni awarded the 2004 Barbera d’Alba Riserva Vigneto Pozzo dell’Annunziata 95 points, writing: “The 2004 Barbera d’Alba Riserva Pozzo dell’Annunziata (from magnum) explodes from the glass with layers of vibrant black cherries, plums, violets, smoke, minerals and sweet toasted oak. It is a restrained, cool Barbera Pozzo, yet it offers outstanding purity of expression, with silky, finessed tannins that caress the palate in an extraordinary display of elegance that transcends varietal. Voerzio also opened a bottle of the 2003, which he prefers, for comparison. It may be the more pleasurable wine today, but the 2004 is a notch or two above when it comes to potential. The 2004 saw 16 months of oak versus the 2003, which spent two years in oak. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2019.


Some of the best vintages at this estate have been 1996, 1997, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010.


Roberto Voerzio: The Background

The estate was formed in the 1980’s when Roberto inherited 5 hectares of his fathers’s vineyards. His brother Gianni also makes wine nearby, although in a more traditional style. The estate is now run by Roberto and his son Davide.

See all wines from this Producer

FINE+RARE offers UK home delivery through our logistics partner London City Bond, with next day deliveries available for Central London addresses.
We deliver Monday to Friday; charges are £ 16 + VAT for up to 10 cases (12x75cl or equivalent) for most UK postcodes.
For delivery charges to Highlands, Islands and outlying areas, please contact our Customer Service Team.


For deliveries into Hong Kong and Singapore, we offer a dedicated air and sea service.
For more details regarding delivery to Hong Kong, Singapore and all other destinations, please view our International Delivery information page.
Spirits cannot travel on our services to Hong Kong, Singapore or Macau and require separate shipments. Please contact our Customer Service Team for further information.


Our storage costs are highly competitive. We will happily accept cases or single bottles, charging pro-rata based on the number of bottles and length of storage period.
Unlike many other wine companies, our service includes storage of duty paid wines as well as in bond from any reputable source, not just those bought through FINE+RARE.
Please visit our F+R Storage information page for more details.


FINE+RARE can arrange delivery of your wines to your personal fine wine storage account:
Deliveries within London City Bond or to a Vinotheque storage account are charged at £ 8 + VAT for up to 10 cases (12x75cl or equivalent).
Deliveries to all other storage providers are charged at £ 16 + VAT for up to 10 cases (12x75cl or equivalent).

Please contact our Customer Service Team if you have any questions.