Luigi Pira Barolo 2019

I tasted the Luigi Pira Barolo 2019 ’s over Easter, and while they have been available worldwide for a while, the new vintage of Barolo normally doesn’t hit the Norwegian market until the fall.  But let’s not get into the intricate world of Vinmonopolet now.

For those of you who are not familiar with Luigi Pira, let me just do a quick introduction. The winery was founded in the 1950’s by Luigi Pira. Today, it’s his son Gianpaolo who runs the show, with his wife Tiziana and their two daughters. It’s been a pleasure to see this winery grow and evolve, and in my opinion the wines just keep getting better and better.

Anyway, here are my tasting notes:

Luigi Pira Dolcetto 2022

The grapes for the dolcetto come from north facing vineyards right by the winery. Really good dolcetto nose. Intense and aromatic. Fruity in the mouth, mostly dark red berries, like blackcurrant. Integrated tannins. Yum!

Luigi Pira Barbera d’Alba Superiore 2021

The Barbera spends 12 months in big barrels. A very fruity and elegant wine, with a hint of spices. Balanced with good acidity and a medium body.

Luigi Pira Barolo 2019

Luigi Pira Barolo Serralunga 2019

Their classic Barolo contain grapes from multiple vineyards including Marenca, Margheria, Sorano and Rivete. It’s aged in big barrel for 24 months. Beautiful, typical Barolo nose. Floral with hints of leather and balsamic. Big tannins, but still very fruity. A good bodied wine with a long finish.

Luigi Pira Barolo Margheria 2019

The Margheria is quite a bit more aromatic than the Serralunga. Crisp with aromas red fruit and hints of herbs and spices. Very crisp in the mouth. An elegant wine with quite approachable tannins.

Luigi Pira Barolo Marenca 2019

The Marenca spends 12 months tonneaux and 12 months in big barrels. The nose is similar to the Margheria. Maybe a bit more balsamic. The grapes come from a steep hill. The bunches are smaller, more concentrated. This is a bit more punchy, with bigger tannins.

Luigi Pira Barolo Vignarionda 2019

Now on the to grand finale: Vignarionda! The Vignarionda has a bit more masculine nose with aromas of tobacco and herbs. Powerful, but elegant. Tannins are big but not punchy.

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