by Paolo Repetto / 22 December 2015
Palladino, what a pleasent discovery in Serralunga d'Alba!
I could not have ignored my friend Luca Gardini’s suggestion. I met him a few days ago in Alba, fresh from last Barolo vintages tasting at the Consorzio di Tutela Barolo e Barbaresco. He recommended me to have a taste of his favourite wines he had tasted, those of Palladino from Serralunga d’Alba.
Having never had the opportunity to taste the wines of this historical estate, aware of Luca’s refined palate, I called right away the winery to arrange a meeting.
This morning I have been in Serralunga d’Alba to meet Veronica, niece of the founder Maurilio (he is a Cavaliere del Tartufo, like me), and her partner Alessandro. They are young, skilled, and clear as they want to do: continuing to produce great wines able to enhance the peculiarity of every single Cru. Theirs are classic wines, made with no arrangements and at a reasonable price, a perfect stuff for genuine Barolo lovers.
Minimal intervention is done in the vineyard cultivation, fermentation occurs by indgenous yeasts in steel tanks and concrete vats. Long maceration take place before aging in big cask or (mostly already used) barriques.
I have been astonished by their classy Barolo from vintage 2011. The Barolo Serralunga 2011 (aged only in big cask), in which grapes from the Crus meet (a part of the fruit harvested from Ornato and Parafada, and the whole wine from San Bernardo, in vintages it isn’t bottled as ‘Barolo Riserva’), is the prime example of classic Barolo from Serralunga. Perfect to drink in its first 10-15 years of life, it has an excellent quality/price ratio. The Barolo Parafada 2011 is austere, savory with a subtle intense tannin. Ornato 2011 combines power and elegance, displaying a silky texture and a juicy sip. The Riserva San Bernardo 2008 (91/100 WA) comes from a so-called ‘classical’ vintage, being rich and complex, elegant and poise.
The estate also makes a Barbera d’Alba Superiore called ‘Bricco delle Olive’, it sits among the most enjoyable Barberas you may bump into.
What a nice discovery!
Of course, Palladino wines will be soon available at our wine store and online shop.
Founder of Vinifera, since 2005 he works in the international business of fine wines.
In 2017 he founded Italian Wine Asset, the first Italian specialised entity for consulting on buying and selling Vineyards and Wineries.