Producer: Roberto Voerzio

Grape: 100% Nebbiolo

Pronunciation: ‘Nebbi-yolo’

Region: Piedmont

Zone: Langhe DOC

Producer Info:

Roberto Voerzio’s Barolos are some of the richest, deepest and most texturally beautiful wines readers will come across.

Roberto Voerzio has a clear idea of the wines he wants to make from the outset, but he got a later start than most of his contemporaries because he spent the first years of his career working alongside his brother Gianni before striking out on his own in 1987. Over the years, Roberto Voerzio acquired parcels in La Morra’s finest sites, giving him a collection of grand cru vineyards matched by few growers. Despite all of his success, Voerzio remains an essentially simple, down to earth person with a continuous drive to improve that is rare, even in Piedmont. Today Voerzio makes as many as seven single-vineyard Barolos. Voerzio’s fanaticism informs all aspects of production, and he only bottles his wines when he is completely happy with them, so it is the rare vintage when all seven Barolos are released.

Tasting note: The 2012 Langhe Nebbiolo S. Francesco, Fontanazza is a very serious wine, and the most intriguing of these entry-level offerings. Expressive floral notes meld into expressive fruit in an exceptionally polished wine. Over the summer, I tasted the 2012 from tank after all the Barolos and it more than held its own, which is why I can say without hesitation that Voerzio's Langhe Nebbiolo competes favorable with the vast majority of Barolos. It is that good. – Antonio Galloni

Growing System: Guyot

Soil Composition: Calcareous clayey

Production: Stainless steel fermentation followed by 12 months in 30% new, 70% used tonnaux and barrels (25 hl each). 8 months in steel

Alcohol (%) 13.5%