Barolo del Comune di Serralunga d'Alba

2017
Italy
Piedmont

In the history of Barolo, before the prevalence of single-cru bottlings, it was more common to blend fruit from sites of differing exposure, altitude, and soil type in order to obtain a more expressive and balanced wine.  Baudana's Barolo Serralunga combines fruit from the younger vines (planted 1990) of the Cerretta and Baudana crus and, more recently, adds fruit from a small parcel in the cru of Costabella, just next to Baudana. Cerretta (SE exposure) has the typical Serralunga soils called Formazione di Lequio over a substrate of iron-rich clay.  Baudana (SW exposure) combines some Lequio with the Sant'Agata Fossili soils more commonly found in La Morra and Barolo.  Costabella (S-SE exposure) is more purely composed of the Sant'Agata soils.

Depending on the vintage, parts of the three crus will be co-fermented. Fermentation is spontaneous in open-top wood vats, with macerations lasting 20-25 days. Aging is in Slavonian oak botti, followed by more aging in bottle.  Around 8,000 bottles produced. 

93 points
"The 2017 Barolo del Comune di Serralunga d'Alba may very well turn out to be one of the best wines of the year in its peer group. Dark and wonderfully expressive, yet also light on its feet for a Serralunga Barolo, the 2017 has so much going on. Black cherry, plum, spice, gravel, cured meats, lavender and sage all meld together in this dark yet translucent Barolo."
Antonio Galloni,
Vinous
, February 2021
92 points
"The Luigi Baudana 2017 Barolo del Comune di Serralunga d'Alba reveals a robust and fruit-forward bouquet, with pressed blackberry and plum, followed by licorice, iron ore and some of the candied orange aromas that often come with fruit from Serralunga d'Alba. The wine is tight in terms of structure, and you feel its strength, but ultimately the sensations are polished and smooth. There are no rough edges to these well-managed tannins, and this is especially impressive in an unruly vintage such as 2017. About 8,000 bottles were made."
Monica Larner,
Wine Advocate
, June 17, 2021

SKU/Code: 
DB3270-17
Product Line: 
Wine
Red
Varietal: 
Nebbiolo
Farming Type: 
Organic