Wine Spectator 94
"Dense and compact, with a core of cherry and plum flavors shaded by tobacco, tar, mineral and spice accents. Fresh, leaving a layer of mouthcoating tannins on the finish. Best from 2019 through 2034. 420 cases made.–BS"
Vinous Media 91-93
"Iron, smoke, savory herbs and dark fruit all inform the 2011 Barolo Margheria, the most ferrous and intensely mineral Barolo in the range. There is an explosive energy to the 2011 that is impossible to miss. This is one of the most tense, unyielding wines of the year, yet there is plenty of depth in the glass. Readers will not find a lot of vintage 2011 sexiness, but rather a Barolo that is going to need time to fully unwind. -- Antonio Galloni"
Ruby red at the core, tending to garnet towards the rim, Pira's Margheria has a characteristic Barolo nose: fruity, it layers aromas of black cherry, with licorice, tobacco, leather, and sweet spices. It is austere on the palate, concentrated in its flavors, full-bodied with firm tannins and excellent length.
Nebbiolo - 100%
Vineyard age (year of planting): 1960
Soil type: Calcareous, clayey
Exposure: South, Southeast
Vinification and ageing: Maceration on the skins for 6-7 days in stainless steel vats. Maturation: 75% in 25-hectoliter Slavonian-oak barrels, 25% in French-oak barriques for 24 months
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"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
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. 50-55,000 bottles are produced each year.
Vineyard Management: Integrated insect and disease control is followed. Only natural products are used in order to respect the environment: sulfur- and copper-based products are mainly used. No insecticides are used. Only organic fertilizers are used. Natural cover crops (grass cover) are left on the rows between the vines. In autumn the soil is tilled. Only absolutely necessary doses of SO2 to prevent oxidation are added to the wines.
Farming Practice:Practicing Organic