“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.
The 2014 vintage is a recent release that has yet to be reviewed. The 2013 received the following:
“A fruit-driven style, this red also displays ample tannins. Cherry, strawberry, floral and leafy tobacco flavors are backed by a vibrant structure, and this winds down with hints of mineral, earth and tobacco. Best from 2021 through 2035.”
93 points, Wine Spectator, April 2018