Unparalleled Piedmont Value:
2011 Roagna Langhe Rosso

Posted by Joe Salamone

When it comes to value in Piedmont, it's Roagna's Langhe Rosso that we reach for.

Langhe Rosso is a humble designation (like Bourgogne Rouge), but Roagna's has no trouble going head-to-head with serious Barolos and Barbarescos.

It’s a wine that delivers shocking complexity, elegance and nuance for the price. For this reason, our previous offers of Roagna's Langhe Rosso have been "Back Up the Truck." Sadly, this time around the quantities are too small.

The 2011 Langhe Rosso has poise and radiance along with a sturdy structure and plenty of concentration. It's endowed with a gorgeous range of vivid dark fruits, dried florals, game, spices, minerals and leather. It’s has length and vibrancy and is an incredibly finessed expression of Nebbiolo. The ripeness and accessibility of the vintage provided a cushion for the stern underlying structure.

For many, Langhe Rosso is an easy going category, but Roagna's is made in a dead serious fashion. The wine sees a month long maceration, followed by several years in large oak casks and a year in bottle. The grapes come from two highly coveted sites - Cascina Pira in Castiglione Falletto in Barolo and Pajé in Barbaresco. Any vines in these sites under 20 years old go into the Langhe Rosso.

The Roagna family's roots stretch back four generations, but in the past decade Luca Roagna has taken the wines to the next level. And there's no better wine to showcase his impressive skill than the Langhe Rosso. It's likely without peer.

Roagna's Langhe Rosso is a wine that overdelivers in a big way. Without a doubt, it represents some of the best value that we know of for traditional Nebbiolo. We created special pack pricing because this is a wine that you’ll want to return to again and again. We strongly advise going deep on this.

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

Joe Salamone

Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits

2011 Roagna Langhe Rosso

Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media: "Readers who want to get a good dose of the Roagna house style without splurging on one of the flagship wines should make a point of checking out the 2011 Langhe Rosso, Roagna's young vine Nebbiolo cuvée. The warm vintage has softened some of the contours, resulting in a striking, old-school Nebbiolo that can be enjoyed upon release. Dried rose petal, spice, leather, licorice and dried cherry are some of the signatures. This is a gorgeous wine to drink now, as the flavors are a bit mature, in the best sense of the term. Dried rose petal, cinnamon, pomegranate and cedar add to the wine's exotic bouquet. Even with the warm vintage, there is plenty of supporting Nebbiolo tannin and acidity. The Langhe Rosso is all young-vine Nebbiolo. 2/3rds from Pira and 1/3rd from Pajé."