Serralunga d’Alba. From the Marenca and Rivette Crus. Mid ruby. Vigour and great depth on the nose with balsamic cherry fruit, minerally notes and hints of garden herbs. Very discreetly supported by oak. Succulent fruit reined in by layers and layers of polished tannins creating tactile fireworks on the finish. (WS)
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2036
Robert Parker 97
In the 2015 Barolo Sperss, you can taste the iron rust and minerality that is so specific to the soils of Serralunga d’Alba where this wine is born. It is very bold and represents the more powerful of these two wines from Barolo. Cerequio is always the more floral, while the Sperss has an immediate cherry and some lingering, bold, blackberry aromas that make a strong impact. However, this wine does not have the austerity of a classic Barolo. Instead it shows a richer texture and it casts a wider net of flavors. Serralunga d’Alba fruit is marked by stronger concentration and ripeness, with a very firm and unyielding quality of tannin that should hold the wine steady as it moves through its aging evolution. This is a truly beautiful albeit brawny Nebbiolo.
Anticipated maturity: 2025-2050
Gaja’s 2015 Barolo Sperss is especially refined in this vintage, although there is plenty of Serralunga power and muscle lurking beneath. Dark and enveloping in feel, the 2015 is also shockingly approachable for a young Sperss. Smoke, gravel, licorice and dark spice develop with time in the glass, adding shades of nuance to a core of plum and black cherry fruit. Beautifully persistent and deep, the 2015 is a gorgeous wine that also perfectly encapsulates the current Gaja style that is all about understatement and finesse.
Anticipated maturity: 2025-2045