2017 Schiavenza Serralunga Barolo DOCG Italy

$44.99 USD

The Alessandria family has been farming this Serralunga property since 1956.

The estate and surrounding area were formerly part of the Opera Pia Barolo (a castle that is similar to Burgundy’s Hospice du Beaune – Part educational institution and part hospital), whose vineyards were worked by sharecroppers. The local dialect for sharecropper is “schiavenza,” hence the origin on the estate name.

A name like Schiavenza should give one a clue as to the style here; this is no modern “barrique” aged Barolo estate – Wines here are fermented with native yeast in cement cisterns and then aged in traditional Slovenian botti. Vineyard holdings have expanded over time, and the estate is made up of 8 hectares split between Serralunga and Monforte. These include the heralded crus Prapò, Bricco Cerretta, and Broglio. No pesticides or herbicides are used, and all field work is coordinated with the cycles of the moon

Rated 93 Points Wine Spectator
“A burst of black cherry flavor introduces this rich red. Tar, earth, leather and wild herb notes follow through, aligned with dense tannins. Finishes with balance and length.”

Rated 90 Points Jeb Dunnuck
"The 2017 Barolo Del Comune Di Serralunga D'Alba is primarily sourced from parcels of Cerrati and Meriame totaling 2.1 hectares of production and was aged for 30 months in Slavonian oak botti. The nose is noted by pure and ripe cherry, leather, and dried violets. Its gamey, iron-like minerality is forward on the palate, with tobacco leaf, and dried raspberry. A solid entry wine from the estate, it is true to the vintage and the region. Drink 2022-2034."