- Luigi Pira
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Goedhuis, October 2011
Giampaolo's straight Barolo always offers an incredible bang for your buck. His 2007 offers abeautiful deep ruby colour and has an opulent yet lifted nose of sweet cherries, crab apple compote and spice. Fleshy with moderate structure, this should age beautifully (and according to Giampaolo, better than the 2003 and 2000).
Wine Advocate, Feb 2011,
The 2007 Barolo is a hugely promising entry-level wine graced with fabulous inner perfume and tons of vintage character. The fruit is wonderfully open and expressive at this stage, and there is plenty of the house's trademark richness, but it all comes together in what appears to be anapproachable, totally delicious Barolo. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020. I was quite taken with the 2007s I tasted from Giampaolo Pira. The vintage seems to be particularly well-suited to a house style that seeks textural richness and opulence. At the time of my tastings, all of Pira's 2007s had yet to be bottled.
Like many present day winemakers in Piedmont, after years of selling grapes and bulk wine, the Pirafamily decided to go it alone. In 1990 they began producing their own label wine from their 8-hectare vineyard. Hiring renowned oenologist, Beppe Caviola, was one of their first steps. With lessthan 16 vintages under their belt, brothers Gianpaolo and Romolo have quickly established themselves as some of the most sought after producers in the region.Our annual visit to Gianpaolo Pira is always an adventure. Particularly as our Italian and Gianpaolo's English are extremely limited. Yet, like most cross cultural love affairs, ourcommunication just seems to work. Wine really does work magic in more ways than one.
With Brunello in Tuscany, Barolo is undoubtedly Italy's finest wine producing region. Located in Piedmont in the north west of Iataly Barolo is comprised of 5 major communes - Barolo, Monteforte d'Alba, La Morra, Castiglione Falletto and Serralunga d'Alba - though the latter three tend to represent the main styles of the region. The wines are compelling and polished - an exemplary expression of the Nebbiolo grape. DOCG law requires a minimum ageing of 2 years in cask or barrel yet can be longer depending on the producer. Barolos are generally released four or more years after the vintage.