Ferdinando Principiano Barolo Serralunga
This is a vineyard with a high chalk content, less clay than much of the village which means a little less colour and typically quite delicate (by Barolo standards) wine.
This is the most immediate of Principiano’s Barolos and the better for it I suspect, whilst the spectrum of flavours is immense it is fresh with mouth cleansing properties. The Nebbiolo is made from three and a half hectares of young vines planted in the valley of Boscareto in Serralunga. The crushed grapes are fermented using the local yeasts (not an inoculation) for about a month, no sulphur is used at this stage. Ageing is for around two years in large oak casks (20 and 40hl botti). 20,000 bottles are produced each year.
According to Ferdinando 2010 is a mixture of the 2008 and 2009 vintages, the winter of 2009 was a cold one and the spring of 2010 early which started a long growing season. It is not really a purists vintage, 2004, 2006 and 2008 take that ticket, but it is extremely appealing, far more interesting than the confusing 2007 which was equally loved by the fruit loving quarters of the media.
Personally, I like it a lot, the wines can be enjoyed sooner than normal and this is the result of ripe and soft tannin, typical of a long growing season though there is none of the overripeness so often found in 2007 and more classically displayed in the 2003 wines. The unusual feature is the potential of these wines to age, I suspect medium term cellaring will be rewarding (8-12 years from the vintage), long term will probably be unnecessary.
Fresh open sapid fruit with elements of mint and balsamic, a lovely freshness, clarity and delicacy - the tannins are fine and silky, a delicious and approachable Barolo that will develop over many years. 13.5%
eRobert Parker July 2014 – 94 points
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product Ferdinando Principiano. Barolo Serralunga 2010 product code / SKU IRP161 region Italy - Piemonte (Piedmont) vintage 2010 bottle size 75cl alcohol level 13 - 13.5% body full colour red sugar level dry grape Nebbiolo