Giovanni Rosso Barolo 2015

$44.99

An old school production offering a wine with structure, finesse and complex aromas.

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Giovanni Rosso

We like the wines of Piedmont and Burgundy. Actually, we love them. So when we find a producer that manages to incorporate qualities of both regions we get extra excited. Giovanni Rosso is exactly that type of producer. With inspiration and training in Burgundy but with roots in Serralunga d’Alba that go back over 100 years, Giovanni, who sadly passed away in 2009, and his son Davide have not only brought the grace of Bourgogne to the terroir of best vineyards of Serralunga but, even more importantly, have done so consistently.

The Rosso family has farmed many famous crus of Serralunga d’Alba, most notably the Crus of La Serra, Broglio, Damiano and Vigna Rionda, Cerretta and Sorano since 1890. They were lauded for their meticulous attention to detail and sold their grapes to some of the most famous Piedmontese producers. However, in the early 1980’s Giovanni Rosso determined it was time for his family to have their own name recognized as producers of great wine.

Fast forward to 2001 when Giovanni’s son, Davide, joined the operation after finishing a postgraduate study in Burgundy. From then until Giovanni’s death, this father-son team became a focal point in the region. Now, taking lead of the house, Davide continues this upward trajectory in Piedmont (and now Etna in Sicily as well) by taking techniques he learned in Burgundy further to reveal the true terroir of their ancestral parcels.

All the magic that goes into making these world-class wines takes place in the family’s small estate in Baudana. In the vineyard, Davide practices organic viticulture for the most part, but doesn’t allow dogma to overrule quality. After harvest, the winemaking is decidedly traditional. Spontaneous alcoholic and malolactic fermentation takes place in small, non-temperature controlled concrete vats over a month or more. Davide employs a gentle remontage to maintain purity of fruit versus a more aggressive “rack and return” approach that is often used to create larger-scaled wines. Aging takes place in 50hl French oak botte sourced from Fontainebleau.

Professional Reviews

Robert Parker

RP 93
"The Giovanni Rosso estate makes some very pretty wines from the Serralunga d'Alba subzone in the Barolo appellation. This classic wine, the 2015 Barolo, provides a good introduction to the distinct taste profile shared by the two single-vineyard wines, Cerretta and Serra, also reviewed here. However, this wine hails from the warm and sunny 2015 vintage and supplies a greater kick of soft cherry fruit and rich concentration when compared to the more streamlined, long-term 2016 vintage. Those dark primary fruit aromas, the acidity and the tannic imprint are all beautifully measured to the enhanced intensity of this pretty and well-priced 2015 Barolo."

Wine Spectator

WS 92
"Fresh, offering cherry, strawberry, rose and white pepper aromas and flavors. Graceful, yet with ample grip on the long, dense and dusty finish. Captures the best of the vintage. Best from 2022 through 2040."

Wine Enthusiast

WE 92
"Camphor, wild berry, blue flower and brown spice aromas lead the way. The taut palate shows cranberry, pomegranate, baking spice and a hint of chopped mint alongside fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity." -Kerin O’Keefe

Details

  • Country

    Italy

  • Region

    Piedmont

  • Grape Variety

    Nebbiolo

  • Vintage

    2015

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Sustainable

  • Style

    Earthy , Fruity , Spicy

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Medium Bodied