Grapelive: Wine of the Day August 31, 2016

2012GiovanniRossoSerralunga2012 Giovanni Rosso, Barolo, Del Comune di Serralunga d’Alba, Piedmonte, Italy.
The new 2012 Barolo Serralunga by Davide Rosso is pure and exquisitely detailed with energy and poise, and it seems funny that 2012 doesn’t get much hype, these are gorgeous wines with fine tannin structure, brilliant acidity and flowing/full with pretty fruit. So far the wines of Chiara Boschis-E. Pira, G.D. Varja and Luigi Baudana, as well as these Giovanni Rosso 2012’s have knocked my socks off, and I rate them right up there with 2010, in terms of beauty and class they might be even better in some cases! They might even better better from a pleasure point of view, they are remarkably sexy Nebbiolo, and Davide Rosso of Giovanni Rosso has made some elegant examples and while his Carretta and La Serra might be the ones to covet and put in the cellar, they are masterpieces no question, I adore the basic Serralunga, now called Del Commune di Serralunga d’Alba, it is amazingly drinkable and seductive in it’s youth and offers up a full array of classic Nebbiolo charm in the glass with glorious depth and length, in fact I’m not sure I shouldn’t rate it higher! The 2012 Giovanni Rosso Barolo Del Comune di Serralunga d’Abla starts with wilted roses, red cherry, minty herbs, clear mineral notes and hints of earth and stone leading to a palate of lively red raspberry, dusty plum, strawberry and sweet and savory currant fruits with touches of ceps, distilled violets, black licorice, kirsch and cedar. The tannins are there, firmly controlling things, but gracefully and the brightness of flavors and freshness is stunning, this is a enjoyable Nebbiolo that hit all the right notes, harmonious and focused with that something extra, if you are bargain hunting Barolo this wine should be on your wish list! This set of Giovanni Rosso releases are wonderful from the 2014 Barbera and 2013 Langhe Nebbiolo to the majestic 2012 La Serra Barolo, and in particular this addictive 2012 Serralunga Barolo, which should provide excellent drinking for a decade!
($56 Est.) 93+ Points, grapelive