“Az. Agr. Giovanni Rosso is a small, family-owned 12 hectare estate, located exclusively in the Serralunga d’Alba hamlet of Baudana, in the Barolo region. The Rosso family have been Serralunga d’Alba vineyard proprietors & grape growers since the 1890s before starting to bottle wine under the ‘Giovanni Rosso’ label in 1995.
The estate has recently been revitalised by the arrival of Davide Rosso; a young man who has served his apprenticeship at, among others, Dme. Jean Grivot and Dme Denis Mortet in Burgundy.
Most of the estate’s 7 parcels are centred on prime Serralunga marl, clay and sandstone soils at 430 metres; notably those of the precipitous, limestone-rich La Serra and deeper clay-rich Cerretta.
Davide’s approach to viticulture is essentially organic, but will use chemicals if absolutely necessary. In the winery he follows a traditional line, with month-long wild yeast alcoholic and malolactic fermentations in small cement vats without temperature control. Gentler ‘remontaggio’ is preferred to ‘delestaggio’ to retain fruit purity. ‘Affinamento’/elevage takes place in 50 hl botte made from French Fontainebleau oak. Consequently the wines capture the essence of their terroir.”