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The story of the Enrico Serafino winery is the story of Roero, one of Piedmont’s key winegrowing areas. Roero faces the famous Langhe hills across the Tanaro River in the northeast part of Cuneo Province, and together with Monferrato to the east, Roero and Langhe are recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site for their beauty and their winemaking traditions. Enrico Serafino is the oldest winery in the area, having been established by a gentleman of the same name in Canale d’Alba in 1878. The winery has now been in operation continuously in its original location for 140 years. 

In typical Piemontese fashion, founder Enrico Serafino made a wide array of different wines, using grapes grown in areas that even then were known for their high quality, such as Barolo and Gavi. Under modern laws, the wines of a denomination must normally be made inside the specified winegrowing boundaries, but this was long before the first DOC laws were passed in Italy, and it was not unusual for wineries to bring in fruit from any number of neighboring communes. Due to its very long history of making Barolo in Canale, the Enrico Serafino winery is grandfathered as an exception to the requirement to vinify Barolo inside the limits of the Barolo DOCG. Today the winery owns 25 acres of Barolo vineyards in the renowned areas of Serralunga, Monforte d'Alba, and Castiglione Falletto and also makes traditional red wines of Barbera d'Alba and Nebbiolo d'Alba. 

Less typically, Serafino in 1878 also began making metodo classico sparkling wines. At that time, sparkling wines as we know them today (wines that were clear of yeast sediment and didn't routinely explode) were a relative novelty. The process had really been mastered in Champagne only a couple of decades earlier, and the procedures and technology were just starting to be available outside Champagne. But sparkling Moscato was beginning to be made in Piedmont, and Serafino was a trailblazer for the nascent industry. 

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WINERY LOCATION: Canale (Cuneo province), Piedmont
WINE REGIONS: Alta Langa DOCG, Barolo DOCG, Gavi DOCG, Barbera d’alba DOC, Nebbiolo d’alba DOC, Roero DOC
VINEYARD LAND: 62 acres (25 ha) owned and 49 acres (20 ha) contracted
FARMING PRACTICES: Sustainable
GRAPE VARIETIES: Barbera, Nebbiolo, and Pinot Nero; smaller amounts of Arneis, Chardonnay, and Cortese
WINE STYLES: White and pink sparkling; dry red; dry white
TOTAL WINE PRODUCTION: 400,000 bottles (300,000 liters)
YEAR FOUNDED: 1878
OWNER(S): The Krause Family
WINEMAKER(S): Paolo Giacosa

WINES

ENRICO SERAFINO "OUDEIS" ALTA LANGA DOCG BRUT

Enrico Serafino is a specialist in classic-method sparkling wine, having produced this style of wine since the foundation of the winery in 1878. The "Oudeis" Alta Langa Brut is the pinnacle of this long experience, made primarily from Pinot Noir for flavor and body, with 20% Chardonnay for elegance and added complexity. This is an exemplary vintage sparkling wine, showing a great depth of flavor and aromas from at least 3½ years of bottle aging in contact with yeast cells.  The name Oudeis comes from the Greek "Odysseus" and means no one. By giving the Alta Langa Brut this name, the winery acknowledges that no one is at the origin of the wine complexity; only terroir has this ability.

ENRICO SERAFINO "OUDEIS" ALTA LANGA DOCG BRUT ROSÉ

Enrico Serafino is a specialist in classic-method sparkling wine, having produced this style of wine since the foundation of the winery in 1878. The Alta Langa Brut Rosé is a variant on the standard theme, using 100% Pinot Nero (Pinot Noir) and picking up a pleasing rosé color and some red-fruit aromas from a short maceration on the skins before the initial fermentation. It is then finished with at least 2½ years of bottle aging in contact with yeast cells.

ENRICO SERAFINO “ZERO” ALTA LANGA DOCG BRUT

Enrico Serafino is a specialist in classic-method sparkling wine, having produced this style of wine since the foundation of the winery in 1878. The Alta Langa Brut Zero is a variant on the standard theme, catering to modern tastes for extremely dry sparkling wines. After its second fermentation to produce the bubbles, the Brut Zero ages in contact with yeast cells for over 5 years, and then does not receive the traditional dose of sugar for sweetening. The result is a rich and yet austere wine with no hint of sweetness.

ENRICO SERAFINO ZERO 140 ALTA LANGA BRUT DOCG RISERVA

Hailing from the historical vineyards of Alta Langa, the Zero 140 was created to show the best expression of the longevity and complexity of this appellation.  After spending at least 12 years on the lees in bottle, the Enrico Serafino Zero 140 is the longest aged on lees Italian sparkling wine.  Each vintage is dedicated to a different theme and the bottles are hand painted a different color to differentiate them in the cellar during the hand riddling process.  

ENRICO SERAFINO "GRIFO DEL QUARTARO" GAVI DI GAVI DOCG

Enrico Serafino "Grifo del Quartaro" Gavi di Gavi is a classic example of Piedmont’s noble white wine made from the native Cortese grape. Gavi DOCG is the most esteemed source of Cortese wines and the town of Gavi, at its heart, is recognized to produce the finest expressions of the denomination.  Thanks to the sloping hills and exposure, as well as marly, white chalky and clay-rich earth, the area creates wines with clear-cut character, freshness, and minerality, as well as complex structure.  The grapes for this wine are sourced from a six-hectare vineyard in Monterotondo di Gavi. The name Grifo del Quartaro refers to an antique coin used by Genovese Lords (from the city of Genoa that is not far from the village of Gavi), who were the vineyard land-owners of the Gavi area.

ENRICO SERAFINO "POGGIO DELLA RUPE" GAVI DI GAVI MONTEROTONDO DOCG

Monterotondo, from the municipality of Gavi in the Roero region of southeast Piedmont, is one of the most prestigious MGA areas within the area.  The soils here are characterized their chalky-sulphurous composition with white marls. These soils, coupled with an ideal microclimate, allow the Cortese grape to reach unique levels of complexity and elegance. Poggio della Rupe is the name of the estate where the one hectare of vineyards for this singular wine grow.  

ENRICO SERAFINO "PAJENA" BARBERA D’ALBA DOC

Enrico Serafino "Pajena" Barbera d’Alba is the winery’s leading red, a very versatile wine that is particularly food-friendly and can be enjoyed on a daily basis. Barbera is Piedmont’s most popular red grape variety, grown in and among other vineyards throughout the region.  Enrico Serafino's vineyards are located inside Roero DOCG, a famous denomination for Nebbiolo (and white Arneis) wines. The name Pajena is a local slang term for the large birds of prey that are found atop the hills throughout the region and is symbolic of the wild nature found therein.  

ENRICO SERAFINO "MONCLIVIO" BAROLO DOCG

Enrico Serafino has expertise in producing Barolo spanning 140 years. Over that expanse of time, the winery has come to control more than 30 acres (12 hectares) of Barolo DOCG vineyards in the renowned areas of Serralunga d'Alba, Castiglione Falletto, and Monforte d’Alba. These communes are all in the part of Barolo with Helvetian soil, which gives full-bodied wines with great longevity.  The name Monclivio refers to the hills in the Barolo region which are covered in steep vineyards.  

ENRICO SERAFINO BAROLO SERRALUNGA DOCG

Barolo del comune di Serralunga d’Alba is very well known for its long-lasting, austerity and complexity. The winery has 4.9 acres in the Carpena and Meriame cru, both on the western slopes of Serralunga. The wine is aged 28 months in tonneaux and larger oak cask providing a modern representation of the traditional Serralunga Barolo.


ENRICO SERAFINO "PICOTENER" LANGHE DOC

This unique and rare sub-variety of Nebbiolo was largely forgotten across Piedmont over the last decades. When Enrico Serafino was studying the clonal varieties in their historical vineyards in recent years, they discovered Picotener was planted widely across their vineyards. After trial and study, they determined this forgotten biotype of Nebbiolo called Picotener is capable of expressing unique characteristics and a distinct personality worthy of a singular bottling.  

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Canale (Cuneo province), Piedmont

VINEYARD:
Barolo, Langhe, Roero, Southern Piedmont

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JUNE 2021
Enrico Serafino "Grifo del Quartaro" Gavi di Gavi DOCG 2020

With 50,000 bottles released, the Enrico Serafino 2020 Gavi del Comune di Gavi Grifo del Quartaro is a bright and luminous wine that shines with glossy intensity. The bouquet is redolent of citrus, blanched almond, peach and summer dried hay. The Cortese grape always shows a tight mineral note that gives focus to these fun and informal results (offered at a steal of a price).

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JULY 2021
Enrico Serafino "Monclivio" Barolo DOCG 2017

Pretty red-fruit aromas here with raspberries, wild strawberries and a hint of vanilla cream. Medium body with firm tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Needs a few years for the tannins to sink into the wine. A slightly lighter version than the 2016, but the quality is there. Best after 2023.

DECEMBER 2020
Enrico Serafino Barolo Serralunga DOCG 2016

This family produced wine from the commune of Serralunga has a light prune color and aromas of raspberries, cranberries, plums, graphite, black pepper and young—and yet unpicked—strawberries. Tannic in the mouth, but well matched with acidity and tastes that include those of raspberries, prunes and morel mushrooms. This is fresh and approachable and buzzing with ripe young fruit flavors—consider it the Fleurie of Barolo.

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DECEMBER 2021
Enrico Serafino Barolo Serralunga DOCG 2016

Plum, spice, chocolate and leather flavors mingle in this round, open red. There are tannins that emerge on the finish, yet overall this is balanced and long. Best from 2024 through 2042. 100 cases made, 30 cases imported.

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JULY 2020
Enrico Serafino "Oudeis" Alta Langa DOCG Brut 2016

This is another fun wine in a long list of Classic Method sparkling wines from Alta Langa (north of Barolo and Barbaresco). The Enrico Serafino 2016 Alta Langa Metodo Classico Oudeis Brut offers a rich and fleshy expression with lots of orchard fruit, Golden Delicious apple and toasted pine nut. This sparkling wine, made with 85% Pinot Nero and 15% Chardonnay, reaches just the right level of intensity with generous texture that is never too heavy or flat. The wine's determined energy is its most compelling aspect. It ages on the lees for 36 months. Some 80,000 bottles were released.

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SEPTEMBER 2021
Enrico Serafino "Grifo del Quartaro" Gavi di Gavi DOCG 2020

This savory white opens with enticing scents of white spring flowers, white almond, botanical herbs and a whiff of bread dough. Smoothly textured, the tangy palate offers ripe white peach, lemon drop candy and a hint of bitter almond before finishing on a saline mineral note.

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JUNE 2022
Enrico Serafino "Picotener" Langhe DOC 2018

Until 2017, the grape called Picotener in the Val d’Aosta of northern Italy was thought to be one of many synonyms of Nebbiolo.  That year a study by Giorgio Gambino, et al., was published in Scientific Reports from Nature Portfolio.  Whole-genome sequencing was performed on three Nebbiolo clones from different geographical origins.  The report stated, “for the first time it was possible to discriminate some ‘Nebbiolo’ clones from the others.”  At the Enrico Serafino winery they had found that they have this grape in several vineyards.  This wine is the result. Its color is dark ruby, with aromas and flavors of savory black cherries, raspberries with light notes of tar.  It is bone dry and medium bodied with crisp acidity and chewy tannins.  Enjoy it with a grilled steak or a mushroom ragout.

OCTOBER 2021
Enrico Serafino “Zero” Alta Langa DOCG Brut 2015