This beautiful sparkling wine comes from a early-harvested, young-vine Nebbiolo from Sergio's holdings in the Barolo crus Prapò and Cerretta. After gentle pressing, the wine is fermented in a mix of 80% stainless-steel tanks and 20% used barrels until the March following harvest. After 16 months on the lees, the bottles are disgorged and topped up with the same wine (no liqueur de dosage is used).
In the glass, the wine is the color of rose gold, with flashes of pale copper towards the edge. Wild raspberry, yellow peach, red licorice and rose petals emerge on the nose, followed by pomegranate, clementine, and fresh pastry dough, as the wine spends time in the glass.
On the palate, the wine is zippy and refreshing, yet with a polished and creamy mousse. Orchard and red berry fruit flavors echo the nose throughout a persistent sea-spray-mineral finish.
About this wine producer: Since 1856, the Germanos have farmed vineyards in Cerretta, one of Serralunga d’Alba’s most prestigious Crus. Francesco Germano, Sergio’s great grandfather, and his grandfather, Alberto, sold the grapes to friends and neighbors. His father, Ettore, for whom the estate is named, was the first to sell wine in bottles. But Sergio was the first to bottle the entire production of the estate, beginning in 1993. He is the perfect example of a modern, scientifically trained winegrower who is grounded in the traditions of his region. His goal, he says, is to express in his wines the character of each vineyard, of each grape variety, and of each vintage, as well as the “connection between Sergio Germano and Serralunga d’Alba.”