"This is an especially ethereal Barolo."
2018 Roagna Barolo La Pira

Posted by Ian McFadden

"This is an especially ethereal Barolo." -Antonio Galloni

We recently tasted through Roagna's 2018s, and Pira was one of the stars. 

This didn't come as a surprise. Pira is consistently one of our favorites. Still, the 2018 hits a level of clarity and agility that caught us off guard. Galloni's quote above gestures to what a graceful and aromatically beguiling vintage it is for the wine. 

photo of bottle of Roagna Barolo La Pira

While Roagna is closely associated with Barbaresco, the Barolo Pira is, along with Barbaresco Pajè, a flagship bottling. 

Pira is always one of the most finessed and lifted of their collection, a quality that 2018 highlights. The Roagna family purchased the monopole site in 1989. It is endowed with vines dating back to 1937 and a fascinating soil composition of iron-rich limestone and blue and grey marls.

Roagna produced some of our favorite 2018s. They really nailed the vintage. The wines have a soaring complexity with a beautiful agility. The framing tannins hit a nice balance between silkiness and sterness. 

The 2018 Pira has a radiance and a punchy dynamic energy that's thrilling. The spectrum of flavors is jaw-dropping: layered red fruits, game, earth, tar, herbs, spice, etc. Everything is delivered with exacting precision. 

I'm happy to offer the 2018 Pira at very sharp pricing. This is a beautiful example of the wine that shouldn't be missed. It's become very clear that, along with Conterno, Mascarello, and Rinaldi, Roagna is a part of Piedmont's elite. Thankfully, the pricing of Roagna's wines stand out as relative values. 

To order, email offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden
Director, Fine & Rare
Crush Wine & Spirits

In Stock - Limited Quantities

2018 Roagna Barolo La Pira

750 ml