Barolo DOCG, Del Commune Di Serralunga d Alba, Piemonte
This dedication to nature extends to the cellar, with minimal intervention and only small additions of sulphur at bottling. The vinification is decidedly old-school, with long submerged-cap macerations and elevage taking place only in older wood barrels of 20 to 40 hectolitres. Lighter and fresher style of Barolo that is more approachable in youth.
Notes on the producer
Ferdinando Principiano is based on the southern fringe of the Barolo zone, and benefits from the biodiversity of the Alta Langhe wilderness that lies beyond the dense planting of Nebbiolo vineyards. This helps in maintaining balance in the vineyard. They have been farming in the Langhe for generations. At the moment the estate is comprised of 20 hectares, including choice old-vine parcels in the aforementioned Ravera di Monforte and Boscareto, a historical vineyard in Serralunga. The other holdings are of Barbera, Dolcetto, as well as the enigmatic white Piedmontese grape Timorasso. Ferdinando began converting his vineyards to sustainable practices in 2003, and currently the only treatments used in the vines are copper and sulphur, and only when absolutely necessary. In an effort to increase the surrounding biodiversity, Ferdinando has been building a pond across from the Boscareto vineyard, an oasis for migratory birds and other fauna.