The youngest vines in this special part of the Pira cru were planted in 1937, and many of those plants are still on their original rupestris root stock. The gorgeous 2013 Barolo Pira Vecchie Viti absolutely knocks it out of the park. Luca Roagna told me, “this wine was born elegant,” and that’s something you definitely feel in a slightly cooler and later vintage such as this. The younger fruit from Pira is more fleshy and bold, but this old-vine fruit (from heavily calcareous soils) is so much more delineated and firm. The aromatic presentation here is more compact, moving in virtual slow motion and with carefully contemplated shifts. Lastly, the wine bites back with a more pronounced tannic hold that will serve it well as it continues its bottle aging, even through, in essence, the 2013 vintage has already developed impressive complexity and soul. ML
This starts out round and fluid, with a creamy midpalate, tightening up as it builds to a conclusion. Cherry, plum, tobacco, iron and spice flavors are bound to the lively tannins. Delivers a compact finish for now, yet packs a lot of intensity into an elegant frame. BS
The 2013 Barolo Pira Vecchie Viti emerges from the estate's oldest vines, planted in 1937. Perfumed, gracious and light on its feet, the 2013 Vecchie Viti is another totally alluring wine from Luca Roagna. Readers will find a Barolo built on lift and grace. The tannins are there, but they are almost non-existent, such is the wine's purity. Sweet tobacco, cedar, mint and crushed flower accents add nuance, but what strikes me most about the 2013 is how lifted and gracious it is. Next to the straight Barolo Pira, the Vecchie Viti is strikingly perfumed and has an inner sense of sweetness and texture that is utterly beguiling.
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