The Barolo Serralunga 2012 was hand harvested from 20 year-old parcels in all three of Germano’s Crus: Prapò, Cerretta, and Lazzarito. The wine remained in contact with the skins for twenty days during and after fermentation, and was matured in used 700 liter barrels for two years, and in bottle for an additional fifteen months.
In the glass, the classic dark ruby-garnet color warms from near black in the center to bright mahogany at the edge. Super ripe amarena cherries, faded rose petals, and Darjeeling tea move in and out of the foreground, sometimes alternating with dried pine needles, juniper berries, and cinnamon bark as the nose evolves over time. On the palate, the wine is ripe and muscular, with laser-cut red fruit flavors and spices that echo the nose, all punctuated by a lingering, firmly tannic finish marked with a cooling note of wild spearmint and eucalyptus. A fascinating, powerful Barolo. Drink now – 2030.
About this wine producer: In 1990, Sergio Germano returned from oenology school to his family's six hectares in Serralunga d'Alba. As a fourth-generation wine grower - in a part of Barolo where most farmers sold their grapes to Fontanafredda, the largest négociant in the region - Sergio moved their entire production to estate vinification and bottling within two years. Today Sergio is considered in the top rank of producers in Barolo, and is a driving force behind the rising reputation of Serralunga.