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Villadoria Serralunga d’Alba

Barolo DOCG,
 2016

$53.99 $41.99/bottle

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Description

The Serralunga terroir gives elegance and character, delivering a great structure and integrated tannins to this noble wine best enjoyed between 4 and 25 years after harvest


Variety: Barolo DOCG
Region:  Piemonte, Italy
Winemaker: Villadoria Cellars
Size: 750 ml
Alcohol: 14.0%

Winemaker's Notes

Ruby red color with garnet highlights. Rich and expressive bouquet, dry rose, cherry in alcohol lead the way to goudron, leather, pepper and truffle. On the palate it is dense and fleshy. Creamy and luscious texture, it evolves in the glass showing the best of Serralunga d’Alba Cru

John's Notes

Sometimes it can be daunting to try wine from a region or grape with which you have limited familiarity. Here’s a little info about this particular bottle that you might find interesting.  Did you know …

  • By Italian law, Barolo must be made from 100% Nebbiolo grapes
  • Barolo is largely grown on south and southwest facing slopes typically 200 – 400m in elevation to maximize sunlight capture
  • Wines labeled as Barolo DOCG must be aged for a minimum of 38 months of which at least 18 months are spent in oak
  • Barolo is relatively light in color with pronounced aromas and flavors of red cherry, red plum, herbal notes, and often floral notes. It generally has a full body, and high levels of acidity and tannins
  • Well-made Barolo is particularly age-worthy and can cellar successfully for decades
Nerdy Details

Winemaker: Villadoria Cellars

  • After graduating in Agriculture and demonstrating great commitment to his project, in 1959 Pietro Lanzavecchia and his wife Pietrina set up the Villadoria wine estate on the Serralunga hills, buying up vineyards and land and, later on, building his winemaking and ageing cellar, in partnership with his son Daniele
  • Today it is Daniele who manages the company together with his daughter Paola

Variety:  100% Nebbiolo

Region: Serralunga d’Alba, Piemonte, Italy

Climate/Vintage:

  • Located in the northwest corner of Italy, the Alps protect the region from northern winds and rain
  • The climate is moderate continental (average growing temp between 62 – 65°F with large season temperature swings) with long, cold winters and relatively warm summers
  • Noted for its foothills ranging from 150 – 600m, both the Po River and Lake Maggiore provide moderating influences on the vineyards

Viticulture:

  • ­The grapes come from selected vineyards in Serralunga d’Alba, among them the most renowned are cru Lazzarito and Meriame, both west facing and placed on a marvelous natural amphitheater
  • The soil is made up of calcareous marl of sedimentary origin with a good percentage of clay
  • The Nebbiolo plant achieves here its greatest vegetative vigor and production potential, wisely tamed by the hand of the winemaker. ­ The training system used is Guyot, at planting densities of around 4500 vines per hectare, and yields of around 50 hectoliters
  • The average age of the vines is 25 years old

Winemaking:

  • Grapes are harvested by hand and are then destemmed and crushed gently
  • Alcoholic fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks at a maximum temperature of 28°C (82°F)
  • The time on the skins varies from 25 to 28 days, to extract the maximum quantities of polyphenols and structure
  • Racking off takes place at the end of the alcoholic fermentation and the temperature of the new wine is made use of for the spontaneous onset of the malolactic fermentation
  • ­ The wine is aged for a minimum of about 18 months in Slavonian oak barrels and is then finished off in tanks for a total of 38 months
  • A noble and important wine, best after 4 years from the harvest, it will unwind in the cellar for at least 25 years depending on the vintage

Alcohol: 14.0%

Pairs Well With:  Truffle dishes, aged cheeses, pasta with Bolognese sauce

Reviews

James Suckling (91): Soft and easy Barolo with berry, dust and terra-cotta character on the nose and palate. Medium body. Lightly chewy finish

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