The Nebbiolo vines grown in the Prapò vineyard of Serralunga d'Alba are over 40 years old and yield very structured fruit, dark in color and high in phenols. The resulting wine, traditionally vinified in 15-hectoliter botti for two years before bottling, is muscular and flavorful, with dried-fruit aromatics, large-scaled tannins, and dry, persistent finish. Fewer than 3500 bottles of this complex, long-lasting wine are produced each year.
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.”