Remarkable Value, Great Vintage, Exceptional Pedigree

Every now and again we try a wine in the office that really knocks us for six. The 2013 vintage in Piedmont has produced a few of these and the latest wine we tasted was so good that we promptly bought big volumes and most of the staff here tucked some away in their own cellars. The wine in question is the 2013 Barolo La Serra from Voerzio Martini.

The Voerzio name may well be familiar to you. However, this Voerzio is not Roberto but is in fact his lesser-known brother, Gianni. Now under the name of Voerzio Martini after welcoming new investment into the estate, Gianni makes a very different style wine to that of his brother. He too has a concentrated core of fruit but his wines are altogether more elegant than the powerhouses of Roberto's portfolio. Crucially though, in our opinion, the quality is of a similar level even if the price is not - whilst Roberto’s Barolo La Serra 2013 would set you back £1,800 per dozen, Voerzio Martini's is available for one-fifth of the price – just £360 per dozen. When you combine this wine's energy, complexity and elegance with this exceptional price, you can begin to see why we loved it so much!

Gianni Voerzio forged his reputation for making great Barolo during the 1980s which was a period of transition when the old guard was gradually being replaced by the ‘young turks’ who looked to Burgundy for their wine-making inspiration. Gianni was very much at the forefront of this movement, the members of which are referred to as the ‘Barolo Boys’. Born in La Morra, Gianni has made wine in Barolo all his life. Recently he decided to take on some new ideas and investment into the property and so brother and sister Federica and Mirko Martini were brought in, hence the wines now go by the name of Voerzio Martini. These are wines which combine the best of traditional and modern techniques to create wines with a perfect balance between ripeness and freshness.

This fantastic Barolo La Serra hails from the much-lauded 2013 vintage. A vintage that Antonio Galloni noted as having produced “gorgeous Barolos with striking aromatics, silky tannins, sculpted, vibrant fruit and mid-weight structures”. He describes the wines as “thrilling” and “utterly captivating” remarking that they have “the pedigree and class that are the signatures of the best Barolo vintages”, qualities that this Barolo La Serra has in spades.

James Suckling has rated the wine a very impressive 95 points describing the nose as “exotic and beautiful with ripe berries, burnt oranges and hints of coffee and Chinese tea”. The palate is full bodied with “soft and silky tannins and a flavorful finish”.

So there you have it - a great wine with great pedigree from a fantastic vintage and all at a bargain price.

Minimum Order - 6 bottles
This wine will be physically available in June

Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Cs Bts GBP
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Italy2013Barolo La Serra, Voerzio MartiniBT20360.00cs95 JSAdd to Basket
Physically available in June 
All prices exclude UK duty & VAT and all wines are offered subject to remaining unsold. E&OE.

Bright ruby with a slight fade at the rim. Complex and enticing on the nose with notes of dried flowers, dried cherry, and hints of earthy tobacco. The palate is pure and intense - a red fruit core is layered with spice, smoke and savoury earthy notes that build through the mid-palate. The tannins are firm but ripe, supporting rather than dominating the fruit. Excellent purity and intensity with a long finish punctuated by hints of balsamic fruit and a touch of menthol. A superb offering with great Barolo typicity.

17.5 points, Farr Vintners

Exotic and beautiful with ripe berries, burnt oranges and hints of coffee and Chinese tea. Full body, soft and silky tannins and a flavorful finish. Drinkable but wait three or four years to see the magic.

95 points, James Suckling,