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Ettore Germano Barolo Serralunga d'Alba 2016

Ettore Germano Barolo Serralunga d'Alba 2016

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"Ettore Germano is a true protagonist of Serralunga d'Alba, and this wine shows expertise and passion for territory. The 2016 Barolo del Comune di Serralunga d'Alba delivers the characteristics one would associate with this growing area that is associated with some of the most structured and powerful Baroli, thanks to the unique calcareous clay soils found here. You get dark fruit, spice, tar and lots of tangy licorice or aniseed. Those licorice aromas veer toward medicinal with balsam herb and camphor ash. This vintage has it all wrapped up into one neat package. Just give it a bit more time to soften. Some 9,500 bottles will be released in September 2020. Drink: 2023-2038. 94 points

Sergio Germano and his wife Elena Bonelli farm throughout Serralunga d'Alba in the Cerretta, Prapò and Lazzarito crus. In 2010, they acquired a small plot in Vignarionda, and a new Barolo from that vineyard is reviewed here. The inaugural vintage is 2015 (and the label you see photographed here is not final). Farming is certified organic, and the wines are made following local tradition that sees extended fermentations lasting anywhere from 30 to 60 days. Fruit from Vignarionda sees whole-cluster fermentation. In addition to the Baroli reviewed here, I have included reviews of a few very fun wines as well. There is a little array of sparkling wines from Alta Langa and the Riesling Hérzu. These are Sergio's passion projects. In 2001, he planted some Pinot Nero to further his Metodo Classico program. In all, Ettore Germano counts 10 hectares of vines in Serralunga d'Alba with calcareous clay soils that add structure and help mitigate the effects of a hot vintage while maintaining balanced acidity. The estate has another 10 hectares in Cigliè (Alta Langa), where planting began in 1997 with Riesling and Chardonnay. Pinot Noir and the Nascetta grape were added later. The high-altitude vineyards are located 600 meters above sea level and see partially calcareous sand broken up with rocks. These characteristics add to the freshness and minerality of the wines produced from this site."

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (07/20)