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Luigi Pira Barolo 2016

“One of Piedmont’s superstars… these are wines of extraordinary complexity and breathtaking richness. The spectacular offerings from Pira ’s vineyards in and around Serralunga d’Alba are among the more riveting examples.”
– Robert Parker

"These 2016s are some of the best Barolo's I have tasted from Giampaolo Pira. These days, Pira's Barolos are more finessed than in the past, with less extraction and more harmonious oak. Pira insists he has changed little, but the move to pick a bit earlier in the past and small refinements that come with experience are clearly visible. The straight Barolo and Margheria are aged in cask, while the Marenca and Vignarionda see 12 months in barrel (500L and 225L respectively) followed by a year in cask. The 2016s are superb across the board."
-- Antonio Galloni, February 2020

Established in the early 1950s, the Luigi Pira estate encompasses 12ha of Nebbiolo, Dolcetto, and Barbera in the commune of Serralunga d’Alba.  For many years, the family produced and sold their grapes, later producing and selling wine in bulk to local negociants.  Only just a few years ago did the estate begin ageing and bottling its own wines.  Luigi’s son, Giampaolo, recently took the reins at the estate, overseeing the cellars while his brother, Romolo, and his father continue to maintain the vineyards.  Pira’s holdings are in the three most prestigious crus in the Serralunga commune: “Margheria,” “Marenca,” and “Rionda.” The first Barolo was produced only as recently as 1993, but since then, the family has racked up accolades and high scores from the worldwide press.

*Wines are Due February 2021

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