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Luigi Baudana Barolo Cerretta

Langhe, Piemonte

Luigi Baudana

This small estate has just over 4 hectares of vineyard, all in the commune of Serralunga d’Alba. Their tiny cellar is situated in the village of Baudana, while their vineyards are primarily in the ‘crus’ of Baudana and the highly regarded Cerretta...

After 30 years running the winery, and without heirs to take over the business, Luigi and Fiorina Baudana took the difficult decision to sell. As part of his research, Luigi visited the Vajra winery incognito one day, and was so impressed with the way they dealt with people and communicated their philosophy that he rang Aldo soon afterwards to ask if he would be interested in buying the estate. A deal was soon done, and the Vajra family have run this estate alongside Luigi and Fiorina ever since. The first vintage was 2009 and from then onwards we can see the true expression of the new Luiga Baudana.

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Vineyards

In Cerretta, a top cru in Serralunga, the topsoil shows a very poor organic content. The consequent lack of superficial moisture forces the vine roots to dig deep into the ground. The subsoil is primarily formed by a mix of yellow sand and limestone, which date back to the Helvetian geological era.

Vintage information

"`Tensione` is the word to describe the 2010 vintage. This is more than just strain, tension, pressure or suspense; it is the thrill, the attitude we faced during the season," writes Aldo Vaira. The 2010 vintage saw a particularly long, hard winter in the region, which lasted through until the beginning of March, and a cool spring which ensured a late start to the growing season. Rain throughout March, May and June gave luxuriant canopies and grass. Early August was cooler than average but the last ten days of the month saw a sharp rise in temperatures that lasted throughout September. The grapes were picked in mid-October.

Vinification

Crushing was completed by the end of October. Maceration lasted 30-40 days in wooden vats. Starting in 2005 , Luigi Baudana implemented a more gentle ageing process which includes Slavonian oak and extensive ageing. Vajra has strived to keep improving with an even stricter selection of grapes and longer ageing.   The Barolo Cerretta spent 42 months in 25 and 50 hectolitre casks prior to bottling. 

Tasting Notes

The wine opens with aromas of dark cherries and raspberries. Hints of cloves, new leather and menthol add to the depth and complexity. Cerretta has a defined structure and a lively acidity, all of which are very well balanced by its exquisitely lush fruits.

Vintage information

Vintage 2010
Grape varieties 100% Nebbiolo
Region Langhe, Piemonte
Winemaker Aldo Vaira
Alcohol (ABV) 14%