2019 started slowly due to a long-lasting winter season. A rainy April and a fresh May produced a season in line with more traditional development. The high temperatures during June and July combined with the availability of water in the soil to create the conditions for rapid plant growth. August was mild with good rainfall. The harvest started regularly. The grapes were healthy with slightly higher acidity than the average and, for the red ones, a high accumulation of anthocyanins and an excellent polyphenol profile.
Winemaker: Paolo Giacosa
Grapes: 100% Nebbiolo
Growing Area: Serralunga d'Alba
Alcohol: 14,50% by volume
Food: It pairs with hunting game, roasts, mature cheeses. Also appreciated as an after-dinner drink.
Colour: Deep ruby red with garnet hues.
Nose: Wide, intense and complex bouquet with scent of blackberry, liquorice, tobacco, spices, coffee beans and faded roses. The Nebbiolo grape is easily recognisable.
Palate: Wide, multifaceted, dry, full bodied, elegant, harmonic, rich in fine tannins and pleasant long finish. Full affinity Nose-Palate.
Serving: 16 - 18 °C
Cellaring: 15 - 20 years
Exposure: S, SW
Vines age: 20 - 30 years
Soil: Clay - limestone
Yield: 8000 kg/ha
Harvests: 100% hand-harvested
Training system: Guyot
Farming practices: Sustainable viticulture
PRE-FERMENTATION PROCEDURES: Grape bunches are hand-sorted on a vibrating table and chilled with carbonic snow to avoid oxidation and reduce considerably the use of sulphur. After destemming, berries are hand-sorted on a second vibrating table and finally softly crushed.
This process is “100% screw conveyor free” to handle grapes as gently as possible.
FERMENTATION PROCESS: The must is cooled and partially submitted to a cold maceration to preserve its best characters before fermentation in stainless steel vats and conic oak vats at controlled temperature. The maceration is long acting using délestage and, partially, submerged cap technique for over 28 days.
OAK REFINEMENT: The ageing is made with a part lying 12 months in tonneaux and a part lying 16 months in medium size oak casks (2500 litres).
BAROLO DEL COMUNE DI SERRALUNGA D’ALBA is very well known for its long lasting, austerity and complexity. The vineyards careful farming, the winemaking process and the accurate oak refining provide a modern representation by updating the traditional SERRALUNGA BAROLO.