Giovanni Rosso “Serralunga” Barolo DOCG 2013 [6/cs]

giovanni rosso serralunga barolo
Italy Piedmont
Type: Red Table Wine
Vintage: 2013

“It’s no coincidence that some of the most celebrated winemakers in Piedmont – such as Gaja, Giacosa and Conterno – own vineyards in Serralunga, even though their wineries are based elsewhere. Seen by consumers as the most formidable of wines because of their intense tannic structure, Serralunga Barolos are regarded with awe by insiders.”

Stephen Brook on Serralunga, Decanter, Nov 2014


Giovanni Rosso farms some of the Comune di Serralunga’s most historically important sites. The fruit for this wine comes from Costa Bella, south-facing at the northern end of the Comune; Broglio, sandy, east-facing in the heart of the heart of Serralunga; Sorano, clay-rich and east-facing; and Meriame, a recent acquisition with soil rich in limestone. Site-specific knowledge earned over the past century pays off in wines that harmoniously balance the unique qualities of Nebbiolo from each vineyard. The plots are managed according to organic growing practices, and maintained and harvested by hand.


Following harvest in mid-October, the wine was slowly fermented over 25 days in cement tanks by native yeast. Following fermentation, the wine aged in large French oak casks for 18 to 36 months, depending on the vineyard of origin, before it was bottled unfiltered.


Concentrated, bright garnet red in the glass, the nose is classic Serralunga: violet, rose, and black fruit with notes of cocoa, coffee, and liquorice. The palate is savoury and juicy with wild berry flavours, earthy overtones, a silky mouthfeel, and fine tannins that ease through a long finish.


“Packed with sweet strawberry and cherry flavors, this red also deals leather, tobacco and tar notes from a well-structured deck. Tightens up considerably on the finish, a good sign for future development. Best from 2020 through 2038.”

93 points, Wine Spectator, Dec 2017


“Davide Rosso has done a terrific job in taming the firm Serralunga tannins in his 2013 Barolo del Comune di Serralunga d’Alba, a wine that expresses the personality of the village, but in a style that can be enjoyed with minimal cellaring. The 2013 is lifted and gracious. Above all else, the Serralunga is a wine that speaks to balance and harmony above all else, while downplaying some of the typical Serralunga heft, which is fine for a Barolo meant to be enjoyed upon release. Hints of herb, licorice and dried flowers add the closing shades of nuance.”

90 points, Antonio Galloni,, Oct 2017