Nature has given us a rare opportunity to enjoy Piedmont's best without the wait! Only savvy winemakers knew how to navigate the extremely warm Piedmont growing season in 2003. Rich, ripe fruit made for delicious early consumption wines across the region. But what should winemakers do with their classically styled single vineyard Barolos and Barbarescos which they knew would lack their typical structure and ageability? The answer: give the consumer a gift!
That year, winemaker Luca Roagna didn't make a single vineyard Barolo or Barbaresco. Instead he took his single vineyard fruit and "declassified" it using those grapes in his "normale" (estate) Barolo and Barbaresco. He then took the fruit typically reserved for his estate Barolo and Barbaresco and declassified it in a field blend called Langhe Rosso.
Extraordinary for its accessibility, pedigree and price, Roagna's Langhe Rosso drinks like it has been aged for 20 years. The lasting finish is lingering proof of the wisdom in the wine maker's choice to declassify. Hints of sweet dried fruit, cedar, and lavender fill the glass. On the palate, the wine is velvety and smooth displaying sweet tobacco, spice, dried cherries, cedar and worn-in leather. You will not get this quality fruit in any other wine, in any other vintage. Enjoy now and over the next five years with your favorite grilled cuisine.
$29.95 per bottle / $359.40 per case