The 2017 vintage growing year will be remembered for its April frost damage and very hot and dry climate. This is why the conditions were perfect in terms of plant protection. In September, temperatures dropped appreciably with considerable differences between day and night temperatures. This situation helped especially the polyphenolic profile of the red wine grapes with a medium-long vegetative cycle. 2017 can certainly be remembered as one of the earliest years with healthy and complex grapes.
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 vibrant 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 vibrant 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 REFINING: 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.