Roagna, Barbaresco Albesani, 2015

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A very traditional style Barbaresco showing the purity of the Cru.

Luca Roagna and his family have been making some of the greatest wines in Piemonte for generations, and the quality just keeps rising. Anyone will be able to respect and admire the work of Luca Roagna: no step taken in the vineyard or the winery is without complete follow-through of thought.

Standing in the middle of one of their vineyards, you almost forget it's a place to grow grapes. Grass, insects and wildlife flourish throughout the vines, which are never subjected to chemical sprays, mowing or tilling. The bio-sphere is diverse and vigorous, the soils healthy: the result is impeccably grown grapes ready to become impeccably made wine.

Professional Reviews

Antonio Galloni

AG 93
"The 2015 Barbaresco Albesani is gracious floral and lifted which is not common in Albesani where the wines tend to be more powerful. Bright acids and lively tannins give the 2015 its shape and energy. This translucent inviting Barbaresco has so much to offer." -Antonio Galloni

Wine Spectator

WS 93
"A combination of spicy cherry iron tobacco and tar aromas and flavors are woven into the dense tannins in this sinewy red. There's an essence of ripe fruit yet this requires time to reconcile its gripping structure. Best from 2024 through 2043." -Bruce Sanderson

What importer Polaner Selections has to say about this wine...

One of the famed vineyards located in the commune of Neive. Same vineyard as Bruno Giacosa's "Santo Stefano di Neive"
Predominantly limestone soils.
Farmed organically.
Fermentation lasts ten days in large wood casks. They ferment with a pied de cuvee made from their indigenous yeasts. They then use the technique of submerged cap ("cappello sommerso") -- which can last 60-70 days.
Aged for 5 years in large, neutral botti