Held in high esteem, Serralunga Barolos have at the same time earned a reputation as fierce and tannic beasts. Yet today's wines are more approachable than ever, finds Stephen Brook
Top Serralunga Barolos
Brovia, Ca’ mia 2010
Raspberry coulis and mint nose. Succulent cherry fruit, very concentrated with massive but not tough tannins. A mighty wine with good acidity, considerable finesse and excellent length.
Price: £48 Justerini & Brooks, Raeburn
Massolino, Vigna Rionda Riserva 2008
Elegant red fruits on the nose. A massive but not extracted wine, compact and powerful, with splendid fruit and immense concentration. Impeccably balanced and very long.
Price: £68-£96.99 Liberty Wines, WoodWinters
Bruno Giacosa, Falletto 2008
Reticent but stylish red fruits nose. Very concentrated, with firm tannins but no evident extraction, showing ample grip and good acidity. Long spicy finish.
Price: £130-£212.46 Armit Wines, Harvey Nichols, Hedonism, Justerini & Brooks, Vini Italiani
Palladino, Parafada 2007
Parafada always delivers elegant wines, and this has a perfumed red fruits and cranberry nose. Concentrated and fleshy, but with sweet fruit and persistent tannins. Good length.
Price: £41.99, The Winery
Pio Cesare, Ornato 2008
Spicy, stylish, red fruits nose. Svelte and concentrated, not too tannic, lively and well balanced, with integrated oak and fine length.
Price: £65-£75.25 Chelsea Vintners, Divine Fine Wines, Fine & Rare, Jeroboams
Rivetto, Leon Riserva 2006
Meaty nose with underlying raspberry fruit. Rich and velvety, with firm but integrated tannins and acidity, taut and spicy, elegant and persistent. Harmonious and long.
Price: £70 Ellis of Richmond
Gaja, Sperss 2008
Discreet raspberry aromas. Fresh and sleek, with restrained tannins and no rough edges. Good acidity gives the palate length and finesse.
Price: £134.46, Justerini & Brooks, WoodWinters
Giovanni Rosso, La Serra 2010
Dense tarry nose, with raspberry and sour cherry aromas. Full-bodied and concentrated, with firm ripe tannins. Solid but spicy, with good length.
Price: £47.40 Richard Dawes Fine Wines
Vietti, Lazzarito 2010
Rich, upfront, raspberry and cherry nose. Suave and rounded, this is a big, juicy style with ripe supporting tannins. Long, driven finish.
Price: £128.60 Bibendum
Ettore Germano 2010
Spicy, cherry-scented nose. Moderate intensity and body. Firm, ripe tannins and good acidity. Long.
Price: £27.50 Astrum Wine Cellars, Planet of the Grapes, WoodWinters
Fontanafredda, Serralunga d’Alba 2009
Bright, lively cherry nose. Supple, spicy and concentrated, showing unusual finesse. Firm tannins. Robust.
Price: £31-£42.99 Carruthers & Kent, Great Western Wine, Selfridges, Sura Wine, Winedirect
Luigi Pira, Serralunga 2010
Spicy, sour cherry and raspberry nose. Rich and full-bodied. Sleek texture, ripe tannins, fine balance. Long.
Price: £24-£31.20 Goedhuis, James Nicholson
Paolo Manzone 2010
Muted nose but fresh and concentrated on the palate, with lively acidity and surprising accessibility.
Price: £21.99 Adnams