Gulia Negri, Barolo Serradenari 2017
Taking over a well-established Barolo estate at the tender age of 24 is an incredibly daunting prospect, but for Giulia Negri, the latest in a 150-year line of grape growers in the Langhe commune of La Morra, the challenge proved irresistible. After completing studies in management and biology, and fresh off an inspiring trip to Burgundy where she truly began forming her palate, Giulia returned to La Morra motivated to learn all the secrets to making fine wine in her native Piemonte. She started small, releasing microcuvées under her own label, before finally taking over the totality of vineyard management and production in 2014.
"Scorched earth, burned rubber and toasted nut aromas mingle with whiffs of spice. Austere and firm, the linear palate recalls sour cherry, blood orange, allspice and hazelnut framed in close-grained tannins that leave a rather grippy finish. Give the tannins several years to unclench, then drink sooner rather than later to catch the delicate fruit sensations." Kerin Okeef(W.E.)