In the glass, Sergio’s Langhe Nebbiolo 2018 has a limpid, medium ruby color that warms to a bright mahogany just at the edge. Aromas of ripe Satsuma plums, amarena cherries, dried rose petals, and rhubarb move in and out of the foreground, sometimes alternating with fleeting suggestions of roasted porcini mushrooms, dried violets, and sottobosco as the nose evolves in the glass.
On the palate, the wine is clean and sleek, with bright red fruit flavors including raspberries, fraises des bois, and pomegranate that unfurl in the retro like a peacock’s tail, and gain weight as the wine evolves over time. Then silky round tannins and a light astringent bitterness cleanse the palate with a long, firm, yet beautifully silky finish.
About this wine producer: Since 1856, the Germanos have farmed vineyards in Cerretta, one of Serralunga d’Alba’s most prestigious Crus. Francesco Germano, Sergio’s great grandfather, and his grandfather, Alberto, sold the grapes to friends and neighbors. His father, Ettore, for whom the estate is named, was the first to sell wine in bottles. But Sergio was the first to bottle the entire production of the estate, beginning in 1993. He is the perfect example of a modern, scientifically trained winegrower who is grounded in the traditions of his region. His goal, he says, is to express in his wines the character of each vineyard, of each grape variety, and of each vintage, as well as the “connection between Sergio Germano and Serralunga d’Alba.”