Ettore Germano – Located directly across the road from the Paolo Manzone estate, the Ettore Germano winery has in recent years become one of the most accomplished in Piedmont, not only for its single vineyard offerings of Barolo, but also for lovely sparkling wine and superb Riesling.
Sergio Germano, son of Ettore, has been producing Barolo here since 1988; today he crafts four separate Barolo: Comune di Serralunga (a fine value); Prapò, Cerretta and Vigna Rionda Riserva; each of these wines is made entirely from grapes grown in Serralunga. The Cerretta is matured in mid-size oak barrels, while various sizes are used for the communal Barolo; for the Prapò and the Vigna Rionda, Germano matures these wines solely in large casks. The Germano wines tend to offer distinct black spice and subtle herbal notes along with excellent ripeness. These are typical Serralunga offerings, as they are not forward upon release, but display great complexity after 3-5 years in the bottle. The Vigna Rionda Riserva is the newest Barolo offering from Germano; the 2013 is outstanding, and should peak in 15-20 years. Top Barolo: Comune di Serralunga, Prapò, Cerretta, Vigna Rionda RiservaFonte: Tom Hyland - Forbes