Podere Gagliassi Barolo di Serralunga 2017
WineSpark Price €36.27
Serena Cordero landed another big job this year, becoming head winemaker for a new and exciting producer called Podere Gagliassi.
It’s a small project in Monforte d'Alba, 100% organic, and run by a young team who took over from the previous owners, a local family, in 2016.
Serena knew the wines well - she'd helped make them with her dad for a few years. She knew there was a cellar-full of aged Barolo waiting for the right home, and got straight on the phone to me.
One taste of the 2017, and I knew it was the Barolo I’d been waiting for.
It’s a single-vineyard Barolo from the Badarina cru in Serralunga. Barolo around here is known for well-structured, full-bodied reds, with great capacity to age.
The vineyard is certified organic, but because the wine was made in a nearby winery that isn’t certified organic, it can’t be labelled as such. Sigh - bureaucracy and all that
The grapes were picked towards the end of October, during fog season. The fermentation starts naturally after 10 days (to increase complexity) and the wine is left on its skins for a long time - 3 months - which gives lots of depth and flavour to the wine.
It’s aged for a whopping 3 years in small French oak barrels, and a further year in bottle.
The wine is deep in colour, and floral and liquorice aromas jump out of the glass. On the palate it's big, juicy and well-structured, with a long, satisfying finish.
Barolo isn’t cheap, but when you understand everything that goes into making it taste so good, especially from a great winemaker like Serena, it makes it all worthwhile.
And thanks to your support and the WineSpark model, we’re able to offer this wine at a snip, compared to what it would cost elsewhere.
|Region of origin||Piedmont|
|Months in Oak||36 months|
|Type of Oak||French oak|
|Allergens (e.g. does it contain Milk, Egg, Fish, Nuts)||None|
|Average age of vines||30 years|
|Average altitude of vines (m)||350m|
|Soil type(s)||Grey marl|
|Closure Type||Natural Cork|
|Is this wine organic?||Yes|
|Suitable for vegans?||No|
|Ageing potential||20 years|
|Ideal drinking window||2021-2030|
Serena and Gabriele Cordero are a brother and sister duo from Alba in northern Italy.
I've known Serena and her dad Gianfranco for years at Naked Wines, so I knew exactly who to ask when I was looking for some special Barolo and Barbera for WineSpark.
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