Roagna Barolo Pira 2014
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Elegant and loaded with compelling tension, this has enticing aromas including wild red berry, truffle and crushed mint. The firm palate shows remarkable finesse, delivering pomegranate, strawberry, orange zest and crushed mint as well as savory, almost salty mineral notes. It's focused and balanced, with taut, polished tannins and vibrant acidity. Drink 2022-2029.
Plum, mint and menthol aromas are the main themes, along with tar, licorice, leather and wild herb notes. Though the fruit is buried, there is sweetness midpalate, finishing on the dry side. A bit austere, but long, finding good equilibrium. Best from 2023 through 2039. 1,100 cases made.
The 2014 Barolo Pira is a very pretty wine, but it is also quite open, both in its aromatics, and structural feel, where the wine feels unusually ample. Dark spice, tobacco, worn-in leather and mint are nicely laced together. This is a superb effort for the year, but I would not plan on cellaring it for too long, as it is quite open for a young Barolo, by Roagna standards. Relative to the other wines in this lineup, the Pira comes across as a touch flat and lacking in body. Much of that is attributable to the vintage.