In the glass, Sergio’s Langhe Nebbiolo has a limpid, medium ruby color, which warms to a deep mahogany just at the edge. Ripe amarena cherries, roasted porcini mushrooms, dried rose petals, and lavender move in and out of the foreground, alternating with fleeting suggestions of black licorice, white tobacco, and sottobosco as the nose evolves in the glass.
On the palate, the wine is clean and sleek, with dark red fruit flavors including raspberries and pomegranate unfurling like a peacock’s tail, and gaining weight as the wine evolves over time. Then silky round tannins and a light astringency cleanse the palate with a long, firm, yet surprisingly silky finish.
About this wine producer: Sergio is the perfect example of a modern, scientifically trained winegrower who is grounded in the traditions of his region. Representing the third generation of vine growing Germanos in Serralunga d’Alba, he was the first to bottle the entire production at the estate, beginning in 1993. His ambition, he says, is to express in his wine 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.”