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. The location is a highly prized vineyard site on a south and south-east facing slope of Serralunga. Cerretta (formerly Cerretta Piani) is 0.8 hectares of calcerous marl yielding 40 hl/ha.
Dark cherry, earth, brooding, lavender, floral things, dried herbs, sweet almond and spice. Ferrous, full-bodied, a heap of quality black tea and gravel tannin, but married to succulence of sweet red cherry and freeze dried raspberries, plenty of ‘mineral’ character here, and a long rose oil laced finish. And almonds. Plenty of almonds. The quality of tannin on the finish, and the length, compels me to bump the score up a point. Tasted: Aug 2020; Alcohol: 14.5%; Price: $183; Closure: Cork; Drink: 2025-2040+; Rated: 96 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
Cerretta is one of my personal favorite growing sites in Serralunga d'Alba, thanks to that more pronounced mineral signature of rusty nail or crushed stone that comes into plain view. White marl soils cover reddish clay not too far under the surface. Those territorial markers are especially well defined in this classic vintage. The Luigi Baudana 2016 Barolo Cerretta unfolds slowly in the glass to reveal orange peel, blue flower and camphor ash. There is generous black fruit in there as well, carefully woven into the greater texture of the wine. The tannins are accessible and integrated, and that's an important fact to know when measuring the wine's drinking window. You could age it longer or even contemplate a cork-popping in the not-so-distant future (say after 2025). I love the lingering linearity of this 3,000-bottle production. Tasted: Jul 2020; Drink: 2023-2043; Rating: 96 Points; Monica Larner; Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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