Ettore Germano Barolo Serralunga 2016
100% Nebbiolo. 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. Our ideal Piedmont winemaker in a traditional appellation like Barolo has the scientific understanding of winemaking that his predecessors lacked, while still respecting the traditions that they developed. Sergio Germano is just such a winemaker, and his Serralunga Barolos will never be creamy international-style wines. 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. Germano’s Barolo Serralunga is a magnificent value. Made from organic hand-picked fruit from young vines in the Prapò, Cerretta, and Lazzarito vineyards, the wine is 100% traditional with long macerations in big barrels. Young and powerfully composed with red fruit, violets, and licorice this is classic Serralunga. Sergio and his wife, Elena, are no-frills winemakers who deserve more recognition.