Az Agr Giovanni Rosso is a family-owned estate who have been growing grapes in the Comune of Serralunga d'Alba since the 1890's, including the Crus of Cerretta and Serra. During the 1980's, Giovanni Rosso restructured the vineyards with the aim of producing the best possible wines, and in 2001, Giovanni's son Davide took charge of winemaking, following his own mantra "wine should be a perfect copy of its terroir".
A little bit earthy and suede-like in initial aromatics, but quickly into ripe cherry, aniseed, sweet spice, dried herb and flowers. Medium to full-bodied, firm and almost earthy with fine chalk and gravel-laced tannin, a subtle candied edge to its cherry and red fruits, strong ‘mineral’ feel, liquorice, density and sure carriage, and a long finish offering freshness and grip of tannin. Takes a bit of opening up, but the makings are so good. Distinctive and excellent. Tasted: Jul 2020; Alcohol: 14%; Price: $165; Closure: Cork; Drink: 2025-2038+; Rated: 96 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
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