LCBO Vintages Classics Release
“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.”
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 express the unique terroir of each vineyard. The plots are all managed according to organic growing practices, and maintained and harvested by hand.
Following harvest in mid-October, must is transferred to cement tanks for a slow fermentation by ambient yeast over 28 days. The wine ages in large French oak casks for 36 months, and then is bottled without filtration.
Concentrated, bright garnet red in the glass, the nose is classic Serralunga: Violet, rose, and black fruit with notes of coffee and liquorice. The palate shows off wild berry flavours, earthy overtones, and a silky mouthfeel with fine tannins that ease through a long finish.
“An enticing mix of white pepper, strawberry, raspberry and floral aromas and flavors are the hallmarks of this racy red. Intense and focused, picking up a steely, minerally element on the long finish. Best from 2019 through 2025.”
93 points, Wine Spectator, Dec 2016
“Mid ruby with orange tinges. Sweet, dense nose with hints of fruit cake and yet really complex. Camphor. Rich fruit and tannins in equal measures on the palate. Sturm und Drang. Well balanced, now it needs the polish of more age. Drink 2018-2030.”
Jancis Robinson, May 2016