Langhe Bianco 'Dragon'


Luigi planted Chardonnay and a touch of Sauvignon in 1980. Admittedly, it is not easy to farm Chard and Sauvignon on land which has produced the most structured Barolos since ancient times. However, the Vaira family wanted to carry on Luigi’s tradition and were excited to work with more mature vines with lower yields and beautiful fruit.

To give the wine more depth and elegance, the kids decided to steal a little bit of their father’s beloved Riesling in Barolo as well as add the local grape variety Nascetta, from their vineyards in the village of Novello.   Approximately 45% Chardonnay, 25% Nascetta, 25% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Riesling.  Whole-cluster pressed, spontaneously fermented in stainless steel.  Malolactic is avoided to preserve freshness.  Aged until the Spring in stainless steel.  Fined with bentonite (vegan). 29,000 bottles made. 

The label is a generous gift from Gianni Gallo, which is a hymn to the untamed power and strength of the wines from Serralunga d’Alba…and life itself.

90 points
"Floral, apple and lemon aromas and flavors grace this vibrant, racy white. Balanced, with a mineral underpinning and lingering citrus finish. Not super long, but very refreshing and drinkable. Chardonnay, Nascetta, Sauvignon and Riesling. Drink now through 2024. 2,250 cases made."
Bruce Sanderson,
Wine Spectator
, November 30, 2021

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