0.90 hectars of Nebbiolo vineyard, Barbaresco
0.675 hectares from 2005 and 0.225 hectares from 2018.
The vineyard is located on a ridge 500 meters north of Neive, with its approx. 3000 inhabitants.
WINEMAKER / VIGNAIOLO: Claudio Roggero, Castello di Neive
Excerpts from the book “Barbaresco MGA” av Alessandro Masnaghetti
BARBARESCO: INTRODUCTION The Barbaresco production zone, officially delimited in 1966 with the recognition of DOC (controlled appellation) status, has remained unchanged to this day and takes the territory of 4 different townships (as opposed to the eleven of Barolo): Barbaresco, Neive, and Treiso, which fall entirely within the appellation boundaries, and Alba, only marginally part of the production zone, more precisely with the small area of San Rocco Seno d’Elvio. According to the production rules currently in place, Barbaresco, as a wine which, since 1980, enjoys a controlled and guaranteed status as an appellation (DOCG), must respect the following parameters:
Grape variety: 100% Nebbiolo.
Maximum production per hectare: 8 metric tons or 54 hectoliers or 7,200 bottles of wine.
Minimum legal ageing: 26 months starting from the 1st of November after the harvest, 9 of which in wood barrels. The term “Riserva” can be used on the label when the wine has been cellared for 50 months, calculated once again from the 1st of November after the harvest.
Minimum alcohol content: 12.5% vol.
Minimum total acidity: 4.5 grams per liter.
Minimum dry extract: 22 grams per liter. On the label – in addition to the appellation name Barbaresco and, in certain cases, the specification of “Riserva” status – can appear: Menzione Geografica Aggiuntiva (MGA or “cru” (e.g. Barbaresco Asili). Vigina (“vineyard”), but only when used along with the name of a MGA (e.g. Barbaresco Montefico Vigina Bric Mentina). In this last case, the addition of the word “Vigina” is not necessarily an indication of superior quality compared to that of a Barbaresco which carries solely the MGA indication, and this despite the fact that the use of the word “Virgina” obliges the producer to reduce yields by 10%, from 8 to 7.2 tons per hectare (from 3.2 to 2.88 tons per acre).
THE TERRITORY Located just a few kilometres to the northeast of Barolo, the Barbaresco appellation extands over a smaller area, one which likewise falls within the more ample area known as the Langhe. This appellation extends in one sole block characterized by a long and ramified hillside ridge delimited to the north by the valley of the Tanaro river, to the west by the narrow valley of the Elvio stream, and to the east by the valley of the Tinella stream This long ridge, which begins just beyond cappelletto in the township of Treiso and descends towards the Tanaro river valley, can be divided in turn into two different slopes: one to the east, cooler and smaller, and the other tho the west, decisively larger and more diversified and in general, warmer as well.
THE SOIL The Barbaresco appellation is part of the “Bacino terziario piemontese” (the Piedmontese teritary basin) and is characterized by marly soils, by sandstone, and by sands of varying color and dimension of grain. These soils can then be further divided inti two large categories: Tortoniano-Serravalliano and, more specifically, the Formazioni di Lequio, and Tortoniano, or the Sant’Agata Fossili Marls, two soils types which we find, respectively, at Serralunga d’Alba and at La Morra in the Barolo production zone. Even if your knowledge of the two wines in question is limited, you are probably aware that Barolo and Barbaresco have different characteristics; more structured and more in need of aging the first, more elegant and readier when young the second, as though the soils, consequently, had no influence on the final result.
Neive – 44°44’1.28”N 8°7’15.83”E
Overall surface: 212.77 acres
Surface under vines: 25%
Altitude: approx. 690 – 885 ft
Grape varieties: nebbiolo (26%), barbera (22%), dolcetto(12%), Langhe rosso (8%), Langhe bianco (10%), moscato (22%)
Easily visible from the road which runs from Neive to Casagnole Lanze, Serragrilli has precisely on this side its best vineyard plots. Of the two which can be identified, this is the only one to be fermented on its own, with positive results it should be stated, and with a style which might recall that of Bordini (the southern side), though readier and more polished.
Exposure: southeast for the part which faces Rivetti and Canova, west for the part which faces Le Doti estale, from north to northwest in the remaining parts.
Labels: Barbaresco Serragrilli – Ballaglio; Barbaresco Serragrilli (Riserva as well) – Bricco Grilli; Barbaresco Serragrilli – Collina Serragrilli; Barbaresco Serragrilli (Riserva as well) – La Contea; Barbaresco Tre Donne – Giuseppina Lequio; Barbaresco Serragrilli – Marchesi di Barolo.