Garnet red colour with ruby reflections. An intensearoma with clean scents of fruit, dog roses and spices. The flavor is full, elegant and full-bodied with sensations that remind to the olfactory ones.
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Serragrilli is a mild hill located in the community of Neive. It is completely south-west exposed and Nebbiolo grapes receive the rays of the sun until late evening. The soil has a uniform composition: it is compact and the percentage between macro and microelements is homogeneous. The vineyards extends in the higher part of the hill up to the top
Wine maker notes
The grapes are collected exclusively by hand and quickly taken to the cellar where they are destalked and softly pressed. Then the grapes undergo fermentation in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature of 28 – 30° degrees C. (82-86° F.). The maceration of the skins lasts 8 days, during which time the fermenting juice is regularly recycled from the bottom to the top of the tank in order to ensure an elegant tannin extraction as well as a soft extraction of color. Once the fermentation is finished the natural sugars of the grape are totally converted into alcohol.
The wine is then racked into concrete tanks, lined with fiberglass and insulated by cork, where it remains for a while at the post-fermentation temperature of 22° degrees C. (72° F.). The malolactic fermentation begins in these tanks naturally and normally it ends in December.
The Barbaresco is aged in oak for 1 year, a part in Slavonian oak barrels (30 or 35 hectoliters / 789-947 U.S. gallons) and the other part in little French oak barrels (225 liters) that are moderately toasted. The two parts are then blended in traditional big oak barrels and the wine completes the fining in bottle for 12 months, before going into the market. Serragrilli produces a Barbaresco that is upfront, assertive and full bodied but at the same time it is harmonic and balanced with sweet tannins not too evident. This contributes to its incredible aging potential that goes from 4 to 20 years.
14,00 Vol. %.
This wine has a big structure so that it complements main-course of red meats, stews and aged cheeses with cooked pastes.
18° degrees C. (64-68° F.)
Marchesi di Barolo historical cellars are located in the town of Barolo, in the building overlooking the Castle of the Marquis Falletti.
It is here that more than 200 years ago a beautiful story began.
The story of a wine cellar where, in the heart of the Langhe area and protected by gentle hills, a wine was born. This wine, as the French tradition suggests, was called Barolo like the town where it was produced for the first time.
No one at that time could imagine that it was destined one day to be king: the King of Wines, the Wine of the Kings.
The story begins precisely in 1807, in Paris, when the Marquis of Barolo Carlo Tancredi Falletti married Juliette Colbert de Maulevrier, a French noblewoman and the great granddaughter of the Sun King’s well-known Minister of Finance. Juliette saw the great potential of the wine made in Barolo that, after a complete fermentation and a long aging in wood, would have been able to unveil all the qualities typical of the soil and of the grape variety: Nebbiolo, powerful and austere, able to last long and to express all the characteristics of this extraordinary terroir.
In 1864, Juliette’s death marked the end of the prestigious Falletti dynasty: in order to perpetuate the Marquise’s memory and charitable work, the Opera Pia Barolo was founded and established in the beautiful Palazzo Barolo in Turin.
This story was meant to cross path with the story of another family in Barolo: the Abbona family who had its own wine cellars next to the Castle of Marquis Falletti.
Indeed, at around the same time Pietro Abbona was born.
Thanks to his skill and tenacity, Pietro, together with his brother Ernesto and his sisters Marina and Celestina, was eventually able to acquire the Agenzia Tenuta Opera Pia Barolo: the ancient cellars of vinification and refinement of the Marchesi di Barolo estate.
Thus Massimo Martinelli, in his book Barolo As I Know It, says: “Of the personages connected with the name Barolo, some may be considered of historic importance, real and true pioneers…[of these] people first place goes to Pietro Abbona, undisputed patriarch of Barolo…who, as an unquestionable stand-bearer, made the wine of his region known throughout the world. It was from his winery that Barolo made its first historic steps. His large wood casks (some of which one can still be admired today in the cellars in Barolo) were in fact part of the legacy of the Marquise Falletti. Commendatore Abbona inherited a longstanding tradition, a love of the vineyards, the wineries and wine itself, and he brought his label displaying the castles of Barolo and Serralunga to the furthest tables. And it is with pleasure that we recall this great contribution.”
Today the Abbona Family continues the work that began more than two centuries ago producing high quality wines meant to enrich, year after year, the history of this important cellar where modernity and tradition meet and where a great heritage of vineyards and knowledge has been passed down from parents to children for over five generations.