95 Point Vintage: 2015 Schiavenza Barolo Cerretta

If you asked someone who has spent time exploring the Barolo DOCG region where to go if you could only visit one region in the DOCG, they would likely tell you to go to Serralunga d'Alba. And if you asked them which small winery to visit to getthe real deal Barolo experience, there’s a good chance they’d recommend Schiavenza.

The winery, started in 1956 by brothers Vittorio and Ugo Alessandria, is now run by sisters Enrica and Maura Alessandria and their husbands Luciano Pira and Walter Anselma. Luciano makes the wines, and his name and Nebbiolo are synonymous. The brilliant agronomistproduces some of the most exceptional Nebbiolo from this region, including the 2015 Schiavenza Barolo Cerretta.

Schiavenza cares for more than 24 acres of vineyards in Serralunga d'Alba, plus some acres in Monforte d'Alba, both vineyards are home to excellentquality, top-tier, artisanal red wines. In fact, Schiavenza focuses exclusively on reds. Those wines come fromvines that have never seen pesticides or herbicides and grapes that are harvested manually according to the phases of the moon. 

Everything about Schiavenza winery is impressive. The winery radiates the culture of the Piedmont area. Robert Parker described this amazing93 point Barolo as "themost structured of the various Barolos made by Schiavenza, a producer who specializes in Nebbiolo from Serralunga d'Alba"

2015 was a great year for Piedmont. Wine Spectator blessed thisvintage with a 95-point score, and said it resulted in "vibrant Barolos with red fruit flavors, showing balance.” The publication called this particular wine “dense” and “muscular.” James Suckling points out its “earth undertones.”

We want to point out thatif there's value to find in Barolo, this is it! We have the lowest price anywhere and over 15% off on this classic Barolo from a region where other producers charge $150 or more for bottles of similar quality. 

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