Morrell & Co. Wine Catalog

FALL 2015

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MORRELL FINE WINE AND SPIRITS Call 800.96.WINES (800.969.4637) • Visit us at • Complimentary delivery on all orders over $150 in NY and CT 67 F rom the ashes of the Barolo wars, where modernist and traditionalist faced off, we have found ourselves with an entirely new catchphrase for Barolo and Barbaresco, and that's "classic." It doesn't matter if you green harvest or age in small barrel, as long as your wine shows transparency of place and purity to its Nebbiolo fruit. But what's the next step? Which producer is on the path to becoming that next "Visionary" talent in Barolo? In my opinion, it's Roagna. Luca Roagna marches to the beat of his own drum, describing his approach as "Postmodern." What does this translate to for you and I? Sustainable vineyard practices, taking the risk of picking late, long macerations, fermentation in open wood vats, aging in large barrel, and holding his wines in bottle for two years longer than the average producer. In fact, the 2010 Barolo and Barbaresco are the winery's current releases, and good luck finding a tasting note—as Roagna refuses to show his wines before they are ready. From the Roagna estate we see two distinct bottlings of each cru, a normale and a Vecchie Viti (old vines). Where the bottles of Barolo Pira normale are certainly some of the greatest values to be found in the region, it's the Vecchie Viti that drives the collecting market mad. Limited and with a noticeable notch up from the normale bottles, each Roagna Vecchie Viti is snatched up by enthusiasts shortly after release. ✦ bottle Roagna Barolo Pira 2010 (1558182) $95 Roagna Barolo Pira vecchie viti 2010 (1558181) $175 Roagna Barolo Pira vecchie viti 2010 (1.5l) (2558181) $375 Roagna Barbaresco Paje vecchie viti 2010 (1557051) $175 Roagna Barbaresco Paje vecchie viti 2010 (1.5l) (2557051) $375 Tr ailblaZer, icon, visionary: roagna barolo & barbaresco Visionary winemakers only come along once in a great while, especially in a region like Piedmont, where tradition is now of the utmost importance. ITALY: BAROLO & BARBARESCO

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