Ettore Germano Barolo Serralunga d'Alba 2012 (Piedmont, Italy) "...exotic incense, wild berry, dark spice..."
The Germano family has been growing grapes in the village of Serralunga since 1856, their original family ‘seat’ being a piece of a cru vineyard called “Cerretta.” Although they made some wine, they were growers first, selling grapes to other producers until fourth-generation proprietor, Sergio—who, in classic Piedmontese fashion, still honors his father, third-generation Ettore, on the label—got out of enology school in 1985. Since the early 1990s, the family has focused solely on estate-bottling from its 10 hectares, including single-vineyard Barolos from the Cerretta, Prapò, and Lazzarito crus (all of which are in Serralunga).
Sergio’s Barolos are clearly “modern” wines that haven’t lost their soul, or “typicity. In Serralunga, one of the Barolo villages with a higher percentage of sandstone in the clay/marl soils and a more westerly aspect to the vineyards, wines are known for having more power and tannic grip. Sergio’s Barolo clearly reflects its place of origin in terms of structure, but those tannins are refined, not rough.
"Bright and full bodied, this opens with scents that recall exotic incense, wild berry, tilled earth and dark spice. The palate offers dried black cherry, cranberry, star anise and a menthol note alongside a backbone of refined tannins. Drink after 2018." - 91 Points, Wine Enthusiast