Terroir: Serragrilli is a mild hill located in the community of Neive. It is completely exposed to the southwest and Nebbiolo grapes receive the rays of the sun until late evening. It has a uniform composition: the soil is compact and the percentage between macro and micro elements is homogeneous.
Vinification: The grapes are collected exclusively by hand and quickly taken to the cellar where they are destalked and softly pressed. Thereafter the grapes undergo fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks 30-32° degrees C. (83-86° F.). Maceration of the skins lasts 8 days, during which time the fermenting juice is regularly recycled from the bottom to the top of the tank in order to ensure an elegant tannin extraction as well as a soft extraction of color. Once the fermentation is finished the natural sugars of the grape are totally converted into alcohol.
The wine is racked into concrete tanks, lined with fiberglass and insulated by cork, where it remains for a while at the post-fermentation temperature of 22° degrees C. (72° F.). Malolactic fermentation begins in these tanks naturally and finishes mid-December. The Barbaresco is aged in oak for 1 year, a part in Slavonian or French oak barrels (30 or 35 hectoliters and the other part in little French oak barrels that are (225 liters) moderately toasted. The two parts are then blended in classic Slavonian casks.
The fining carries on in bottle for 12 months, before going into the market. Serragrilli produces a Barbaresco that is upfront, assertive and full bodied while at the same time harmonic and balanced with sweet tannins that are not immediately evident. This contributes to its incredible aging potential that goes from 4 to 20 years.
Garnet red color with ruby reflections. An intense aroma with clean scents of fruit, dog roses and spices. The flavor is full, elegant and full-bodied with sensations similar to those registered by the nose.
Score: 91 PointsJamesSuckling.com Author: James Suckling
Score: 93 PointsWine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
Score: 90 PointsWine Enthusiast Date: Thursday, November 19, 2015
Score: 90 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Monica Larner
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