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Giovanni Rosso Barolo Serra 2011

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From the whiter, nutrient poor, mineral rich soils that characterise the upper half of the Serralunga ridge, 'Serra' is always a paler red in colour than Cerretta, the nose restrained, slender, sapid, and racy with an attractive cranberry, strawberry lift  as well as geological notes that come straight out of the pure white limestone based soil. Serra is an east-facing, high altitude and very breezy site - standing in it leaves you invigorated. As a young wine, the palate is  an array, of sensations, flighty, racy acidity and pace. This is simply  a superb wine and one that will repay careful cellaring.

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Davide Rosso is now established as a leading producer of  Barolo. For the last three generations (since 1905), his family has owned six different vineyards sites in Serralunga. His two main vineyards are the Cru's “Cerretta” where he has about 2ha and the very steep and limestone rich “La Serra” in this prestigious area he is neighbours with Bruno Giacosa, Angelo Gaja and Giacomo Conterno. His vines are, on average, 40 years old and farmed organically. Until Davide took over in 1998, the family sold off their grapes; the main reason that these spectacular wines have flown under the radar, until recently...

In 2011 Davide acquired the 2ha ’prime’ spot within one of Barolo’s most hallowed sites - Vigna Rionda. Davide calls it the Romanée-Conti of Barolo and it’s grapes are coveted. Davide’s uncle Tommaso Canale, who previously owned the vines, used to sell the fruit to none other than Bruno Giacosa who produced his iconic “Collina Rionda” from it and what was then one of the Italy’s greatest red wines.
In the winery he follows a traditional line, with month-long wild yeast alcoholic and malolactic fermentations in small cement vats without temperature control. Gentler 'remontaggio' is preferred to 'delestaggio' to retain fruit purity. 'Affinamento'/elevage takes place in 50 hl botte. Consequently the wines capture the essence of their terroir.

The hallmark of the estate is precision. They are incredibly fine, perfumed and detailed (relative to Burgundy, think Fourrier)  and have the all the qualities to cellar well. In the mouth they are very sensual, yet with the underlying depth and structure typical of Serralunga. Overall, these are wines that offer incredible complexity, elegance and class. I buy some for my own cellar every year! 
"Davide Rosso is unstoppable. His new winery just outside of Serralunga, which is nearing completion, beautifully displays the cement tanks and wood casks within which age his noble red wines. Flanked by his trusted staff, Andrea Delpiano and Armando Brigante, he churns out project after project. He is convinced, as are we, that his Barolo and his vineyards represent a leading role in the world stage of wine." Slowfood Italy

Some wines come to you, no matter how hard you try to find them, by sheer coincidence. That they are some of the finest wines in your collection them is very good luck! And so it is that I am able to offer you the wines below - the Nebbiolo and Barbera are superb as always but it is his collection of Baroli that is most profound.

I think I can say with real confidence that Davide Rosso is making some of the finest wines that I import and these 2011 wines are a stunning collection indeed.

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Volume (ml)750ml
Winemaking PracticesMostly Conventional Techniques
Vineyard PracticesMostly Regular Farming Techniques
Product typeWine Red Nebbiolo

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