Ettore Germano Barolo Serralunga
The Ettore Germano estate lies on one of the most important crus of Serralunga d’Alba named “Cerretta”, a hill with a wide winegrowing area facing South. Germano’s 6.6 hectares of vineyards are dedicated to the cultivation of the Nebbiolo grape amongst other indigenous varieties.
Sergio and his wife Elena run the show, from viticultural to winemaking aspects as well as taking care of exports and sales. Having all of his red vineyards situated within Serralunga, enables Sergio to make characteristically powerful, muscular and intense wines, that are the biggest, richest and most long-lived of all Barolo. Using what may appear to be very modern techniques (stainless steel for example), the driving force behind the wine making here is firmly rooted in tradition. Fermentation is short, around 12-15 days, in open wooden fermenters and maturation is completed in a variety of barrel sizes such as the small French oak barriques to the traditional large Italian Botti. The Germano family is blessed with some of the very best vineyards, owning vines in Lazzarito (a true Grand Cru), Cerretta, Prapo and now, thanks to an inheritance, even the legendary Vigna Rionda, which many experts consider the single greatest Barolo vineyard of all.
The grapes used to produce this wine are selected from young vineyards located in Prapo, Cerretta and Lazzarito. The first fermentation, being a classic one, lasts for about 20 days with the skins. At the end the wine rests in old 700 litre tonneaux for about two years. The wine is then bottle-aged for 15-18 months before being released. During the last 24 months, the wine rests in different kinds of wood.
This Barolo shows a huge amount of character and definition. It is a wine that will undoubtedly put a smile upon your face. It is perfumed with floral scents of violets and rose petal initially, then bright red fruit surges through to entice you in to the deep and brooding suede and leather nuances. The palate is deep with more of that fresh red fruit and an earthy meaty grip backed up by super smooth tannins and a silky body. Yes, it is powerful, rich, intense and concentrated but, my word, this is a sumptuous wine!