Estate: The Germano family has owned 6 hectares of land on the renowned Cerretta hill, near Serralunga d’Alba, in Piemonte, since 1856. Throughout the years the family produced wine for their own enjoyment and sold off the majority of the grapes. Today, Francesco Germano’s great-great grandson, Sergio Germano is at the helm. Earning a degree in Enology, followed by making wine for a few years at Fontanafredda, he returned to the estate in 1993. He continued his father Ettore’s work in grapevine grafting, along with enlarging the size of the property. He purchased small parcels of land over the years, gradually increasing the estate to about 10 hectares (25 acres) of red grape vineyards in Serralunga, and about 5 hectares (12 acres) in Cigliè, dedicated to the production of white wines and sparkling wines. All of the vineyards are farmed organically.
Winemaking: The Cerretta vineyard has sunny, warm, south-west exposure at (350-370 meters (1,150-1,225 feet) above sea level. The calcareous soil is rich in limestone, clay, and sand. Aged in untoasted 700 liter barrels.
Tasting Notes: Transparent garnet in colour with aromas of tar, rose, crushed black peppercorn and dark berries. Silky layers of strawberry, raspberry, cherry, tobacco and earth wrap around a spicy core, framed by muscular tannins. Licorice, dark chocolate and red berries linger on the dry, plush finish. Focused and refined, with a silky, genteel edge.
Estate Bottled by Azienda Agricola Germano Ettore
$70 [average price]
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