Ettore Germano – Serralunga Barolo Producer

While the winery dates to 1856, the more modern rendition started in the mid-1980s. By 1993 they were producing 100% estate fruit which all went into their wines. Buying vineyards over time, they acquired some prime parcels in Prapo and Lazzarito. Their focus is on small production, top quality wines, a category they excel in, while maintaining affordable prices.

2016 Germano, Langhe Chardonnay (RT91+) A generous expression that binds hints of oak with the crisp freshness of ripe pear, melon and orchard fruit. The wine reveals a luminous golden color and an enriched texture with glycerin that feels smooth and creamy. The full-bodied texture of this wine could stand up to spicy pork or white meat, or even an appetizer platter of oysters or raw shellfish. Ideal for those who ride the fence between oaked and unoaked Chardonnay. Drink now-2024.

2018 Germano, Langhe Nebbiolo (RT89+) Pale, flippantly hued garnet, this light bodied Nebbiolo shows an appealing, fruit-driven bouquet with notes of sweet red stone fruit, raspberries & strawberries. Reminiscent of village red Burgundy in its palate weight and fruit density, it coats the mouth with soft, tasty fruit, fresh acidity and gentle tannins. This is a yummy pizza and pasta wine! Drink now-2023+

2016 Germano, Barbera d’Alba (RT90) This crimson hued Barbera with a light purple tinge, shows leather, red raspberry, hints of minerals and a smoke accent that lead to a soft, round mouthfeel. Gentle in its palate expression and finish, this is another completely delicious food wine. Crafted very much in the Germano house style, which means “so tasty”. Drink now-2024+

2014 Germano, Barolo, Serralunga (RT93) Shows on the lighter, paler side of Barolo revealing its spicy, bright bouquet with notes of morello cherry, cranberry, savory zing and hints of umami. With its soft, pliant fruit driven palate, the cherries deliver a foundation leading to a mouthcoating, palate with fresh acidity and soft tannins, all things considered for the vintage. Crafted in the tasty Germano house style. Drink now-2028+

2014 Germano, Barolo, Ceretto (RT94) Medium ruby with a translucent garnet halo, the bouquet exudes a sense of structured Barolo with firm notes of red cherry, steely minerality, cedar and a hint of truffle. Smooth, clean and elegant in the mouth, with ample acidity and lovely, ripe tannins on the finish. A very tasty Nebbiolo, the structure out-shows vintage expectations with potential for early long-term cellaring. Drink 2022-2034+