Luigi Pira

"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

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Luigi Pira 'Serralunga' Barolo Nebbiolo 2014
92  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 92 "The 2014 Barolo del Comune di Serralunga d'Alba is the only wine Giampaolo Pira made in 2014, and is a blend of all the best fruit from the Marenca, Margheria and Collina Rionda vineyards. Powerful and dense in the glass, but in the mid-weight style of the year, Pira's 2014 has a
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Luigi Pira 'Margheria' Barolo 2013
94  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 94 "Notes of eucalyptus, juniper, cherry and fresh-cut grass are the highlights of this vibrant red. Steely, with a backbone of iron and a lingering finish. Best from 2022 through 2040. 400 cases made. –BS"  Wine Information:  Ruby red at the core, tending to garnet towards the

Luigi Pira Dolcetto d'Alba Dolcetto 2016
The Wine 100% Dolcetto from 35 year old vines grown in calcareous clay soils. Vinification in horizontal fermentation tanks with temperature control for 6-7 days. Maturation in steel tanks for 8-9 months.  The Winery Established in the early 1950s, the Luigi Pira estate encompasses 12ha of

Luigi Pira 'Margheria' Barolo 2012
93  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 93 "Though lean and sinewy, there is a tight band of cherry, leather, iron and tobacco notes coursing through this red. Finds balance between the sweet and savory elements, ending with a long, minerally finish. Best from 2020 through 2038. 416 cases made. –BS"  Vinous Media 91

Luigi Pira Dolcetto d'Alba Dolcetto 2015
90  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 90 "Though rich and concentrated, this red is sleek, courtesy of the vivid acidity. Black cherry, blackberry and cocoa flavors prevail. Firm tannins provide grip. This should pair well with salumi and antipasti.”"  The Wine 100% Dolcetto from 35 year old vines grown in calcareous

Luigi Pira 'Serralunga' Barolo Nebbiolo 2013
91  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 91 "Tasted from a pre-final blend from cask. Gianpaolo Pira's 2013 Barolo del Comune di Serralunga d'Alba is soft, open-knit and expressive, all of which make it an excellent choice for drinking over the next few years, while the sweet red cherry and plum flavors retain their vibrancy.

Luigi Pira 'Serralunga' Barolo Nebbiolo 2012
93  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 93 "Dense and complex, with a saline edge to the cherry, licorice, tar and underbrush flavors. The tannins are dense, mouthcoating and dusty, yet feel ripe. The lasting impression is of sweet fruit. Best from 2020 through 2034. 1,416 cases made. –BS"  Wine Information: Production

Luigi Pira 'Serralunga' Barolo Nebbiolo 2011
91  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 90-91 "The 2011 Barolo del Comune di Serralunga is one of the best entry-level Barolos readers will find. One of the things I like most about this wine is how it brings together both the personality of Serralunga and the house style in a Barolo that is both affordable and easy to drink

Luigi Pira 'Margheria' Barolo 2011
94  Wine Spectator 
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

Luigi Pira Dolcetto d'Alba Dolcetto 2014
Wine Information: Dolcetto - 100%   Vineyard age (year of planting):  Dolcetto: 1980   Soil type: Calcarous-clayey  Exposure: North   Vinification and ageing: Vinification in horizontal fermentation tanks with temperature control for 6-7 days. Maturation in steel tanks for 8-9 months 

Luigi Pira Dolcetto d'Alba 2012
" Established in the early 1950s, at first the estate only produced and sold grapes. Later on, wine was produced and sold in bulk to local negociants. Only a few years ago the estate started ageing and bottling its own wines. Giampaolo Pira recently took the reins at his family’s eight-hectare

Luigi Pira 'Serralunga' Nebbiolo 2010
93  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 93 "Bordeaux-like, revealing black currant, cedar, iron and olive flavors, supported by an iron spine. The licorice, cherry and tar notes re- main focused on the aftertaste. Best from 2018 through 2032.—B.S."  Vinous Media 90 "The 2010 Barolo is a beautiful entry-level offering.

Luigi Pira 'Serralugna' Barolo 2009
90  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 90 "The 2009 Barolo delivers ripe fruit aromas of prune, cassis and candied berry. The mouthfeel shows a touch of softness with follow-up aromas of coffee bean, carob, leather and tobacco. This Barolo offers medium consistency with a broad, sweeping delivery of flavors that spreads

Luigi Pira 'Marenca' Barolo Nebbiolo 2008
95  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 95 - AG "The 2008 Barolo Vigna Marenca boasts a center of bright red berries that is surprisingly supple and elegant. Sweet red cherries, freshly cut flowers, spices and mint take shape in the glass as the 2008 shows off a refined, high-toned register that is rarely found in this

Luigi Pira 'Serralugna' Nebbiolo Barolo 2008
93  International Wine Report 
Wine Spectator 93  "Leads off with white pepper and pine resin aromas, displaying cherry and plum notes as this red develops on the palate. Tightly grained, with lively, bracing tannins and a long, resonant finish. Best from 2016 through 2033. From Italy." ~ BS  International Wine Report 93

Luigi Pira Dolcetto d'Alba Dolcetto 2013
88  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 88 "The 2013 Dolcetto d'Alba brings together gorgeous varietal aromatics with lovely mid-palate depth. Dark red and blue fruits, almonds, wild flowers, spices and mint are layered into the expressive finish. This is a gorgeous entry-level wine from Giampaolo Pira. " AG "One of

Luigi Pira Dolcetto d'Alba Dolcetto 2010
90  Robert Parker 
 Robert Parker 90 "The 2010 Dolcetto d'Alba is a dazzling wine. Blackberries, blueberry jam, tar and crushed rocks are just some of the notes that emerge from this textured, multi-dimensional Dolcetto. The house style is nicely balanced by the freshness of the year. This is a dynamite showing.

Luigi Pira 'Margheria' Barolo Nebbiolo 2007
95  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 95 "The 2007 Barolo Vigna Margheria, typically a powerhouse, shows an unusual level of finesse and elegance without losing its essential intensity and richness. The tannins, which can sometimes be a touch dry here, are very nicely balanced. This, too, offers plenty of vintage and

Luigi Pira 'Marenca' Barolo Nebbiolo 2006
96  Wine Spectator 
 Wine Spectator 96 "The black currant, violet, black cherry and mineral aromas and flavors in this red are seductive. A rich and supple wine, though well-structured, with only hints of the tar and medicinal herb notes of many Barolos. The long aftertaste features fruit and mineral. Best from 2013

Pira 'Marenca' Barolo 1999
94  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 94 "Marenca, far less known, is not one whit inferior to Vigna Rionda as a vineyard, and the 1999 Barolo Marenca is simply superlative. Explosively sweet and ripe with a noseful of plum and wild cherry fruit, raisins, chocolate, and licorice, it cascades over the palate with its lush

Luigi Pira Dolcetto D'Alba 2009
89  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 89 "The 2009 Dolcetto d'Alba reveals a precise fabric of dark fruit in a soft, seamless style that emphasizes textural richness over varietal character. Still, this is a delicious, opulent Dolcetto that captures the essence of the house style. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2013.   This

Pira 'Marenca' Barolo 2001
96  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 96Wine Spectator 92"Intense aromas of blackberries, lightly toasted oak and plums. Very intense. Full-bodied, with big velvety tannins and a long, caressing finish. Serious wine. Best after 2008. 1,000 cases made. (JS)"