Updated: Jan 4
Barolo Serralunga D'Alba 2015 DOCG
Nothing is better than a Barolo in a cold day of December. This nectar is a 100% Nebbiolo. The vineyards are located in clayey calcareous soils from different cru in the Serralunga village: San Bernardo, Ornato, Parafada, Serra e Gabutti. After the harvest, the grapes undergo the fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Then it ages for 24 months in large oak barrels. Salute!
In the glass the wine tends to the garnet colour. The intensity is pale to medium. It is clear with no trace of deposits.
The aromas intensity is medium plus. The aromatic palette is dominated by the red berries, black pepper, a hint of liquorice and dried roses. As secondaries aromas, you can smell the cloves, vanilla, cedar and a light dark chocolate. The tertiaries are quite virile: a fine leather, forest floor and a subtle farmyard.
In the mouth, the wine is dry with a high level of acidity. The tannins are high leaving a pleasant sensation of cleanness sip after sip. The alcohol is high (i.e. 14.5%). Despite is full bodied structure, the wine is rounded and delicate on the palate. Both flavour intensity and finish are medium plus. The red fruits are more concentrated, and also the floral perfumes. As tertiaries, there are also notes of meaty, tobacco and coffee.
It is a nice Barolo, but quite far to be exciting. Actually I was expecting much more given the vintage (2015). Probably it needs more years to refine its aromatic bouquet and become more complex. It works well with the dishes of the great Piedmont culinary tradition. It is not the best friend if you want to think about your life while your eyes are lost in the fireplace.
Final Vote: 89
Price: €29.5 on callmewine.com