Roero is a small paradise made up of sandy dunes in yellow ochre clay tones covered with green vineyards, all of which combine to create a magical and enchanted landscape. The vineyard traditions in the Roero territory were the inspiration for this denomination and have their roots set deeply over time. Roero is made from pure Nebbiolo grapes, which reach their apex in Barolo and Barbaresco, and in Roero produce a rare fine and elegant wine which has experienced great success over only a few years time.
The vineyard from which it comes is the oldest vineyard of Nebbiolo grapes owned by the company, planted in 1946 by Giovanni Demarie along with his brother when the latter returned from the war. Giovanni, 20 years younger, has known its brother on his return. This vineyard, therefore, still tells the story of two brothers among them unknown and a return home after six years of war and captivity.
Variety: 100% Nebbiolo grapes
Colour: deep carnet with brick-coloured reflections
Scent in perfume: ethereal and intense with hints of violet, raspberries and blackberries, tinged with elegant touches of spice
Flavour: full-bodied wine, harmonious, warm and powerful. Sensations of violet and red fruits with an undertone of the pleasant spiced fragrances of licorice and cocoa.
Best served at: 18° C. – 65° F.
Food matches: braised meats, wild game and tasty mature cheese
Nebbiolo is the oldest indigenous red-grape vine of Piedmont and one of the noblest and most prestigious in Italy. Its name derives from ‘nebbia’, the Italian word for mist or fog: some say this is owing to the ‘misty’ look of its grapes, with their velvety covering, and others that it is because the late-ripening grape is often harvested during early autumn fogs.
Known also as ‘Queen of red grapes’ it is a finicky vine, requiring elaborate care and attention in order to thrive. It is precisely for this reason that it has known both heydays and moments of utter abandon in the past, although local producers have remained faithful to it through thick and thin, continuing to make the great wines it is capable of producing. Nebbiolo is a demanding vine, needing exactly the right soil type, a south-facing hillside, pruning and training. A calcareous tufa-based soil is ideal for this vine that buds early – towards the middle of April – and ripens later than most other varieties, around the middle of October. It suffers sudden changes in temperature but oscillations between day and night temperatures are an advantage during the grape ripening phase. For a correct formation of tannins in the grape skins, south or south-west facing hillsides are required, where spring frosts rarely occur.
The Nebbiolo vine produces strong powerful wines, rich in alcohol, that express their characteristics after a period of ageing. From the cultivation of Nebbiolo, Piedmont produces some of its greatest red wines, the pride of the Region.
Production area: Comune di Vezza d’Alba – Varasca vineyard
Height o.s.l.: 250 m
Sun exposure: sud
Vines per hectare: 2500
Farming: tradizional – guyot
Kg of grapes per hectare: no more than 80 quintals/hectar
Soil: with sandy infiltration
Year of implant: 1946
Wine per hectare: no more than 5.500 litres
|Roero Riserva DOCG 2013||The WineHunter Award||Red|
|Roero Riserva DOCG 2012||Wine What!? – japanese magazine||AAA|
|Roero Riserva DOCG 2011||Decanter – Stephen Brook article||90/100|
|Roero Riserva DOCG 2011||James Suckling||90/100|
|Roero Riserva DOCG 2011||Guida essenziale ai vini d’Italia 2016 – Daniele Cernilli||91/100|
|Roero Riserva DOCG 2011||I Vini di Veronelli 2016||2 stars|
|Roero Riserva DOCG 2011||Annuario dei migliori vini italiani 2016 – Luca Maroni||89/100|
|Roero Riserva DOCG 2009||I Vini di Veronelli 2015||2 stars|
|Roero Riserva DOCG 2009||Decanter 2014||Commended|
|Roero Riserva DOCG 2008||I Vini di Veronelli 2014||2 stars|
|Roero Riserva DOCG 2008||Annuario dei migliori vini italiani 2014 – Luca Maroni||85/100|
|Roero Riserva DOCG 2007||I Vini di Veronelli 2013||2 stars|
|Roero Riserva DOCG 2007||Annuario dei migliori vini italiani 2012 – Luca Maroni||84/100|
|Roero Riserva DOCG 2007||Ordine dei Cavalieri di S.Michele del Roero 2012||Excellent|
|Roero Riserva DOCG 2007||Guida vini eccellenti d’Italia 2012||Gold cluster|
|Roero Riserva DOCG 2006||Annuario dei migliori vini italiani 2011- Luca Maroni||83/100|
|Roero Riserva DOCG 2006||I Vini di Veronelli 2011||2 stars|
|Roero Riserva DOCG 2006||Ordine dei Cavalieri di S.Michele del Roero 2010||2 wheels|
|Roero DOCG 2005||Annuario dei migliori vini italiani 2009- Luca Maroni||83/100|
|Roero DOCG 2005||“Guida Oro” I Vini di Veronelli 2009||2 stars|
|Roero DOCG 2005||International Wine Challenge 2008||bronze medal|
|Roero DOCG 2005||Decanter 2008||commended|
|Roero DOCG 2005||Merano International Wine Festival 2009||final|