The warm 2015 growing season in Barolo posed a few challenges for growers, but overall, it was excellent. Coming after the extremely difficult 2014 vintage, which was marked by cool summer temperatures and intense rain during the growing season, the overall hot 2015 vintage was a welcome relief for growers.
Despite the above-average summertime temperatures, 2015 Barolos are balanced and poised, with restrained alcohol levels. Vineyard management was crucial during the summer, especially leaf canopy management, and great care had to be taken to avoid exposing clusters, which would have resulted in scorching the berries, namely in south and southwest facing vineyards. Nebbiolo ripened extremely well and grapes were remarkably healthy, with the Barolo harvest starting between the end of September and the beginning of October.
The 2015s have higher acidity and better color stability than other hot years, and have more restrained alcohol than other hot vintages, ranging between 14 and 14.5% alcohol by volume with 15% being rare. The quality of the tannins is also outstanding. While most wines will be approachable starting around the eight-year mark after the vintage, they also show good aging potential, up to 20 years or more.
Ettore Germano 2015 Cerretta (Barolo)
Aromas of red cherry, pipe tobacco, menthol and star anise with a whiff of new leather shape the nose of this fragrant, captivating wine. The intense, structured palate doles out raspberry compote, licorice, graphite, crushed mint and a whiff of smoke. It’s impeccably balanced, with firm, fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity. Drink 2023–2035. Oliver McCrum Wines. Cellar Selection. –K.O.Fonte: Kerin O’Keefe - WineMag