Roberto Voerzio

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Roberto Voerzio: The Importance

Described by Robert Parker as “one of the most fanatical producers I have ever met”, Roberto Voerzio has been creating a range of wines in his unique style from the best sites of La Morra in Piemonte since the 1980s.

 

Voerzio places quality above all else at his estate. He ensures this in the vineyard by planting at extremely high densities, with green harvesting, pruning and leaf thinning all being practiced in the vineyard, the combination of which leads to the lowest yields in all of the region, about half the yield necessary for what would be considered an exceptional quality wine. If he does not deem the quality of one of his wines to meet his strict standards in a particular vintage, he will not release it at all, choosing to prioritise quality over financial returns. This was the case in 2003 when some of the wines did not complete fermentation and he chose not to release them, resulting in no Barolo La Serra or Barolo Rocche dell’Annunziata being produced in this vintage.

 

Roberto Voerzio: The Insight

Certain elements of Voerzio’s style – such as the lighter, less powerfully tannic nature of his wines and his use of small French oak barriques – has led some to consider him to be a modern winemaker. However, Voerzio often remains loyal to traditional methods, such as macerating his grapes for approximately 15 days. The 2007 was also the last vintage where all the wine was aged exclusively in French oak barriques, and since 2008, Voerzio has returned to the more traditional ageing method that he had used up until 1993, which was to age his wine in equal parts cask and French oak. Despite the debate as to whether Voerzio’s style is more traditional or modern, Parker believes that Voerzio’s wine is “pure and expressive in a style that is neither modern nor traditional, these are wines that reflect the highly individual style of their maker as well as the profound voice of La Morra’s finest sites.”

 

The estate owns or manages about 8.5 hectares of vineyards in some of the most respected single vineyard sites in La Morra including Brunate, Cerequio, Capalot and La Serra which are all sourced to produce single vineyard Barolo’s, along with two Barbera d’Alba’s, a Dolcetto d’Alba, a Langhe Merlot and a Langhe Nebbiolo.

 

Antonio Galloni rates the 2010 Barolo Cerequio 99 points and writes that it “is a stunner. Deep, layered and absolutely impeccable, the 2010 wraps around the palate with serious intensity and never lets up. In 2010 the Cerequio is surprisingly powerful, with darker tonalities of fruit and more spice notes than normal. The sweet, silky Cerequio tannins are there, but there is a volume and breadth in the 2010 that is impossible to miss. This is a breathtaking Barolo from Roberto and Davide Voerzio.

 

Of the 2012 Barolo Sarmassa which he rates at 99 points, James Suckling writes that it “possesses terrific aromas of pure strawberries and orange peel. Spanish-cedar undertones. Full body and a perfect balance of ripe fruit, hints of lemon and orange peel. Undertones of milk chocolate. Vibrant finish.”

 

Voerzio’s other wines are extremely highly regarded especially his Barbera which is likely the most highly regarded in the region. Antonio Galloni awarded the 2004 Barbera d’Alba Riserva Vigneto Pozzo dell’Annunziata 95 points, writing: “The 2004 Barbera d’Alba Riserva Pozzo dell’Annunziata (from magnum) explodes from the glass with layers of vibrant black cherries, plums, violets, smoke, minerals and sweet toasted oak. It is a restrained, cool Barbera Pozzo, yet it offers outstanding purity of expression, with silky, finessed tannins that caress the palate in an extraordinary display of elegance that transcends varietal. Voerzio also opened a bottle of the 2003, which he prefers, for comparison. It may be the more pleasurable wine today, but the 2004 is a notch or two above when it comes to potential. The 2004 saw 16 months of oak versus the 2003, which spent two years in oak. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2019.

 

Some of the best vintages at this estate have been 1996, 1997, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010.

 

Roberto Voerzio: The Background

The estate was formed in the 1980’s when Roberto inherited 5 hectares of his fathers’s vineyards. His brother Gianni also makes wine nearby, although in a more traditional style. The estate is now run by Roberto and his son Davide.

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2012 Barbera d'Alba Pozzo dell'Annunziata Riserva Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

2012 Barbera d'Alba Pozzo dell'Annunziata Riserva Northern Italy

£1,127.00
£1,127.00
£563.00
£189.00

2011 Barbera d'Alba Pozzo dell'Annunziata Riserva Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

2011 Barbera d'Alba Pozzo dell'Annunziata Riserva Northern Italy

£1,081.00
£182.00

2010 Barbera d'Alba Pozzo dell'Annunziata Riserva Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

2010 Barbera d'Alba Pozzo dell'Annunziata Riserva Northern Italy

£1,055.00
£1,055.00
£177.00

2004 Barbera d'Alba Pozzo dell'Annunziata Riserva Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

95.0

2004 Barbera d'Alba Pozzo dell'Annunziata Riserva Northern Italy

95.0
£1,166.00
£583.00

2001 Barbera d'Alba Pozzo dell'Annunziata Riserva Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

93.0

2001 Barbera d'Alba Pozzo dell'Annunziata Riserva Northern Italy

93.0
£1,037.00
£518.00

1996 Barbera d'Alba Pozzo dell'Annunziata Riserva Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

1996 Barbera d'Alba Pozzo dell'Annunziata Riserva Northern Italy

£1,752.00
£293.00

2003 Barbera d'Asti Pozzo dell'Annunziata Riserva Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

2003 Barbera d'Asti Pozzo dell'Annunziata Riserva Northern Italy

£1,000.00
£168.00

2001 Barolo Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

2001 Barolo Northern Italy

£1,917.00
£1,917.00

2013 Barolo Brunate Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

95.0

2013 Barolo Brunate Northern Italy

95.0
£3,854.00
£1,926.00
£964.00
£321.00

2012 Barolo Brunate Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

2012 Barolo Brunate Northern Italy

£1,901.00
£1,901.00
£952.00
£476.00
£160.00

2011 Barolo Brunate Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

97.0

2011 Barolo Brunate Northern Italy

97.0
£1,791.00
£1,791.00
£897.00
£151.00

2010 Barolo Brunate Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

98.0

2010 Barolo Brunate Northern Italy

98.0
£2,423.00
£2,423.00
£1,211.00
£203.00

2009 Barolo Brunate Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

96.0

2009 Barolo Brunate Northern Italy

96.0
£1,575.00
£1,575.00
£790.00
£133.00

2008 Barolo Brunate Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

98.0

2008 Barolo Brunate Northern Italy

98.0
£1,842.00
£155.00

2006 Barolo Brunate Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

2006 Barolo Brunate Northern Italy

£1,866.00
£157.00

2005 Barolo Brunate Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

95.0

2005 Barolo Brunate Northern Italy

95.0
£1,797.00
£1,797.00

2003 Barolo Brunate Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

94.0

2003 Barolo Brunate Northern Italy

94.0
£1,429.00
DP £121.00

1999 Barolo Brunate Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

1999 Barolo Brunate Northern Italy

£1,914.00
£161.00

1994 Barolo Brunate Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

1994 Barolo Brunate Northern Italy

£1,079.00
£545.00

1991 Barolo Brunate Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

1991 Barolo Brunate Northern Italy

£1,878.00
£158.00

1990 Barolo Brunate Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

1990 Barolo Brunate Northern Italy

£2,108.00
£177.00

2013 Barolo Cerequio Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

2013 Barolo Cerequio Northern Italy

£2,037.00
£2,037.00
£1,020.00

2012 Barolo Cerequio Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

2012 Barolo Cerequio Northern Italy

£1,901.00
£1,901.00
£952.00
£476.00

2010 Barolo Cerequio Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

99.0

2010 Barolo Cerequio Northern Italy

99.0
£2,459.00
£206.00

2009 Barolo Cerequio Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

94.0

2009 Barolo Cerequio Northern Italy

94.0
£1,592.00
£1,592.00

2008 Barolo Cerequio Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

96.25

2008 Barolo Cerequio Northern Italy

96.25
£1,347.00
£1,347.00
£115.00

2007 Barolo Cerequio Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

97.25

2007 Barolo Cerequio Northern Italy

97.25
£1,797.00
£1,797.00
£152.00

2006 Barolo Cerequio Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

97.0

2006 Barolo Cerequio Northern Italy

97.0
£1,682.00
£1,682.00

2005 Barolo Cerequio Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

94.0

2005 Barolo Cerequio Northern Italy

94.0
£1,962.00
£1,962.00

2004 Barolo Cerequio Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

97.0

2004 Barolo Cerequio Northern Italy

97.0
£1,958.00
£1,958.00
£165.00

2003 Barolo Cerequio Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

92.0

2003 Barolo Cerequio Northern Italy

92.0
£1,645.00
£1,645.00
£139.00

2001 Barolo Cerequio Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

95.0

2001 Barolo Cerequio Northern Italy

95.0
£2,108.00
£177.00

2000 Barolo Cerequio Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

2000 Barolo Cerequio Northern Italy

£1,974.00
£166.00

1999 Barolo Cerequio Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

1999 Barolo Cerequio Northern Italy

£2,108.00
£2,108.00
£177.00

1998 Barolo Cerequio Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

1998 Barolo Cerequio Northern Italy

£1,719.00
£145.00

1996 Barolo Cerequio Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

1996 Barolo Cerequio Northern Italy

£2,108.00
£177.00

1994 Barolo Cerequio Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

1994 Barolo Cerequio Northern Italy

£1,782.00
£150.00

1991 Barolo Cerequio Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

1991 Barolo Cerequio Northern Italy

£1,878.00
£158.00

2013 Barolo La Serra Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

2013 Barolo La Serra Northern Italy

£2,037.00
£2,037.00
£1,020.00

2011 Barolo La Serra Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

94.25

2011 Barolo La Serra Northern Italy

94.25
£1,489.00
£1,489.00
£743.00
£126.00

2010 Barolo La Serra Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

95.0

2010 Barolo La Serra Northern Italy

95.0
£1,840.00
£1,840.00
£921.00
£155.00

2009 Barolo La Serra Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

94.0

2009 Barolo La Serra Northern Italy

94.0
£895.00
£895.00
£448.00
£77.00

2008 Barolo La Serra Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

96.0

2008 Barolo La Serra Northern Italy

96.0
£1,347.00
£1,347.00

2007 Barolo La Serra Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

93.25

2007 Barolo La Serra Northern Italy

93.25
£1,935.00
£1,935.00
£163.00

2005 Barolo La Serra Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

95.0

2005 Barolo La Serra Northern Italy

95.0
£1,962.00
£1,962.00
DP £982.00
£165.00

2004 Barolo La Serra Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

94.0

2004 Barolo La Serra Northern Italy

94.0
£1,794.00
£1,794.00
£151.00

2001 Barolo La Serra Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

93.0

2001 Barolo La Serra Northern Italy

93.0
£2,096.00
£2,096.00
£176.00

1999 Barolo La Serra Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

95.0

1999 Barolo La Serra Northern Italy

95.0
£1,854.00
£156.00

1998 Barolo La Serra Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

90.5

1998 Barolo La Serra Northern Italy

90.5
£1,719.00
£145.00

1997 Barolo La Serra Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

92.0

1997 Barolo La Serra Northern Italy

92.0
£2,593.00
£217.00

1996 Barolo La Serra Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

91.5

1996 Barolo La Serra Northern Italy

91.5
£2,749.00
£230.00

1995 Barolo La Serra Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

87.0

1995 Barolo La Serra Northern Italy

87.0
£1,285.00
DP £109.00

1990 Barolo La Serra Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

1990 Barolo La Serra Northern Italy

£1,782.00
£150.00

1989 Barolo La Serra Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

1989 Barolo La Serra Northern Italy

£1,755.00
£148.00

1987 Barolo La Serra Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

1987 Barolo La Serra Northern Italy

£2,773.00
£232.00

2007 Barolo Riserva Fossati Case Nere Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

97.0

2007 Barolo Riserva Fossati Case Nere Northern Italy

97.0
£2,200.00
£550.00
£185.00

2006 Barolo Riserva Fossati Case Nere Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

2006 Barolo Riserva Fossati Case Nere Northern Italy

£2,037.00
£2,037.00

2005 Barolo Riserva Fossati Case Nere Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

95.5

2005 Barolo Riserva Fossati Case Nere Northern Italy

95.5
£1,962.00
£1,962.00
£491.00
£165.00

2004 Barolo Riserva Fossati Case Nere Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

91.0

2004 Barolo Riserva Fossati Case Nere Northern Italy

91.0
£2,096.00
£2,096.00
£1,049.00

2003 Barolo Riserva Fossati Case Nere Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

94.0

2003 Barolo Riserva Fossati Case Nere Northern Italy

94.0
£2,120.00
£1,061.00
£178.00

2010 Barolo Rocche Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

2010 Barolo Rocche Northern Italy

£2,448.00
£2,448.00
£206.00

2012 Barolo Rocche dell Annunziata Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

2012 Barolo Rocche dell Annunziata Northern Italy

£1,901.00
£1,901.00
£952.00
£476.00
£160.00

2011 Barolo Rocche dell Annunziata Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

96.5

2011 Barolo Rocche dell Annunziata Northern Italy

96.5
£1,489.00
£1,489.00
£743.00
£126.00

2010 Barolo Rocche dell Annunziata Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

94.0

2010 Barolo Rocche dell Annunziata Northern Italy

94.0
£1,765.00
£1,765.00

2009 Barolo Rocche dell Annunziata Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

92.0

2009 Barolo Rocche dell Annunziata Northern Italy

92.0
£895.00
£895.00

2008 Barolo Rocche dell Annunziata Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

96.0

2008 Barolo Rocche dell Annunziata Northern Italy

96.0
£1,064.00
£1,064.00

2004 Barolo Rocche dell Annunziata Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

96.0

2004 Barolo Rocche dell Annunziata Northern Italy

96.0
£1,974.00
£166.00

2001 Barolo Rocche dell Annunziata Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

93.0

2001 Barolo Rocche dell Annunziata Northern Italy

93.0
£1,974.00
£1,974.00
£166.00

2011 Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata Torriglione Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

2011 Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata Torriglione Northern Italy

£1,848.00
£925.00

2010 Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata Torriglione Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

91.0

2010 Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata Torriglione Northern Italy

91.0
£1,962.00
£1,962.00
£982.00

2009 Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata Torriglione Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

2009 Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata Torriglione Northern Italy

£1,468.00
£1,468.00
£721.00

2008 Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata Torriglione Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

96.0

2008 Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata Torriglione Northern Italy

96.0
£1,347.00
£1,347.00
£672.00
£115.00

2007 Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata Torriglione Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

95.75

2007 Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata Torriglione Northern Italy

95.75
£1,571.00
£1,571.00
DP £133.00

2006 Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata Torriglione Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

95.0

2006 Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata Torriglione Northern Italy

95.0
£1,513.00
£1,513.00
£755.00
£128.00

2004 Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata Torriglione Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

96.0

2004 Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata Torriglione Northern Italy

96.0
£2,018.00
£2,018.00
£170.00

2001 Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata Torriglione Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

2001 Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata Torriglione Northern Italy

£2,098.00
£2,098.00
£177.00

2012 Barolo Sarmassa Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

93.0

2012 Barolo Sarmassa Northern Italy

93.0
£2,455.00
£1,227.00
£410.00

2011 Barolo Sarmassa Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

94.0

2011 Barolo Sarmassa Northern Italy

94.0
£1,555.00
£1,555.00
£260.00

2010 Barolo Sarmassa Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

96.5

2010 Barolo Sarmassa Northern Italy

96.5
£1,784.00
£1,784.00
£298.00

2006 Barolo Sarmassa Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

2006 Barolo Sarmassa Northern Italy

£1,666.00
£1,666.00
£836.00

2004 Barolo Sarmassa Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

2004 Barolo Sarmassa Northern Italy

£2,198.00
£2,198.00

2001 Barolo Sarmassa Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

95.0

2001 Barolo Sarmassa Northern Italy

95.0
£1,893.00
£316.00

2000 Barolo Vecchie Vite dei Capalot e Brunate Riserva Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

92.0

2000 Barolo Vecchie Vite dei Capalot e Brunate Riserva Northern Italy

92.0
£1,753.00
£293.00

2015 Dolcetto d'Alba Priavino Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

2015 Dolcetto d'Alba Priavino Northern Italy

£120.00
£120.00
£62.00
£13.00

2014 Dolcetto d'Alba Priavino Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

2014 Dolcetto d'Alba Priavino Northern Italy

£165.00
£165.00

2011 Langhe Merlot Vigneto Fontanazza Pissotta Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

93.0

2011 Langhe Merlot Vigneto Fontanazza Pissotta Northern Italy

93.0
£1,099.00
£549.00

2010 Langhe Merlot Vigneto Fontanazza Pissotta Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

92.5

2010 Langhe Merlot Vigneto Fontanazza Pissotta Northern Italy

92.5
£1,099.00
£549.00

2005 Langhe Merlot Vigneto Fontanazza Pissotta Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

93.0

2005 Langhe Merlot Vigneto Fontanazza Pissotta Northern Italy

93.0
£1,456.00
£1,456.00

2014 Langhe Nebbiolo Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

2014 Langhe Nebbiolo Northern Italy

£198.00
£198.00

2013 Langhe Nebbiolo Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

2013 Langhe Nebbiolo Northern Italy

£172.00
£172.00
£18.00

2003 Voerzio 2003 Collection (2017 Release) Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

94.5

2003 Voerzio 2003 Collection (2017 Release) Northern Italy

94.5
£3,117.00
£6,233.00

2004 Voerzio 2004 Collection (2017 Release) Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

95.0

2004 Voerzio 2004 Collection (2017 Release) Northern Italy

95.0
£3,463.00
£10,395.00

2005 Voerzio 2005 Collection (2017 Release) Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

94.0

2005 Voerzio 2005 Collection (2017 Release) Northern Italy

94.0
£2,769.00
£4,619.00

2006 Voerzio 2006 Collection (2017 Release) Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

96.0

2006 Voerzio 2006 Collection (2017 Release) Northern Italy

96.0
£2,424.00
£4,850.00

2007 Voerzio 2007 Collection (2017 Release) Voerzio; Roberto Northern Italy

96.25

2007 Voerzio 2007 Collection (2017 Release) Northern Italy

96.25
£3,463.00
£9,235.00

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