Luigi Baudana is one of the last garagiste estates still operating in the Langhe region. It is also the smallest of all the VinConnect Piemontese wineries. In 2009, Francesca, Isidoro and Guiseppe, the three children of famed Aldo and Milena Vajra of G.D Vajra, joined the Baudana family to bring new energies and an uncompromised respect to this story.
A true “village” expression of Serralunga d’Alba Barolo, the organic and biodynamic vineyard is currently a cooperative effort between Baudana and the G.D. Vajra winery. At approximately 250-350 meters above sea level with south to south-west facing slopes, this single hectare vineyard is positioned between fossils of Sant’Agatha and formations of Lequio. The white soil is compact and calcareous with limited amounts of sand which enhance water retention.
Tasting some 2013 from Serralunga, next to Barolo, next to La Morra, you certainly quickly get to grips (as it were) with the difference in weight and power between communes. Spicy and more ‘savoury’ than the Cerretta, with cherry, raspberry, new leather, and dried herb perfume. Medium to full bodied, more of that new leather and red meat expression in flavour, but with ample fruit, a gentle graininess to the tannin that causes some pleasing friction, iron and dried herb perfume (again) on the long firm finish. This is very good, a little more bony and less fleshy than Cerretta, but likely to show its true colours with appropriate bottle age. Terrific. Alcohol: 14.5%; Drink: 2022 - 2036; Rated: 95 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
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