From the younger vines, still 10-20 years of age, in the Prapo, Ceretta and Lazzarito Vineyards in Serralunga. This is a wonderfully layered and beautifully structured Barolo, with depth and vigour.
It's just starting to be approachable now, but still has plenty to give with a bit of time in the cellar.
The grapes used for this wine are selected from the younger parts of the Prapò, Cerretta, and Lazzarito vineyards.
The alcoholic fermentation happens in vertical stainless steel tanks with a maceration on the skins for about 20-30 days. After racking and malo-lactic fermentation, the wine is then placed into different sized barrels ranging from 500 to 2,000 litres for a period of 18 to 24 months.
After this ageing, the wines will then be ready to be bottled and will rest in bottle for another 6 months before being available to the market.
Bright garnet red colour. Strawberry, cherry, pomegranate and rose petal aromas on the nose, leading to a palate of red fruits which pack a punch of energy and power that persists to the finish of elegant tannins.
A tall medieval tower dominates the village of Serralunga, on the south-east edge of the Barolo appellation, giving fair warning of the character of the wines grown there: structured, substantial, uncompromising. Sergio Germano, whose winery is a few minutes walk north of Serralunga, completed six years of study at the School of Enology in Alba, then made wine for a few years at Fontanafredda, one of the larger wineries in the area, before returning to the family estate in 1993. The winery is still named after Ettore, Sergio’s father, who grew grapes, made a little wine for private customers, and was known throughout the area for his skill in grafting vines. Great wine is always made in the vineyard, and Sergio does much of the fieldwork himself, with the help of his wife Elena and a small crew. Some of the wines are 100% traditional, made with long macerations and big barrels, and some are made with medium-sized barrels or barriques, but they all express the best of these local grape varieties. Sergio has vineyards in two quite different areas, which allows him to make an unusual range of wine types; in addition to the classic regional wines like Barolo, Dolcetto and Barbera he also makes one of Italy’s best Rieslings, and some excellent sparkling wines.
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Medium red colour with a trace of purple. The bouquet is spicy and dark cherry-like, with full body and masses of tannins. It's firm and tight, bold and solid, with a big belt of final tannins. Solid, deep, lovely wine of power and concentration. Big wine, beautifully crafted, everything in proportion, with a big future.