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Palladino

Occupying the old Cappellano winery in historic Serralunga d’Alba, Palladino has flown under the radar for many years despite having one of the most compelling line-ups in the business. Highly traditional ageing methods of concrete vats and ‘botti’ (large barrels) are employed to render an open and approachable style with well integrated tannins which can often show as rather atypical for Serralunga Barolos.

Wines:

Barolo Docg Ornato

Barolo Docg Parafada

Barolo Docg Del Comune di Serralunga d’Alba

Nebbiolo D’Alba Doc

Roero Arneis Docg

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Producer:

Hailing from Guarene, Piero Palladino spent his youth in Alba, where he studied winemaking at the Istituto Enologico. Piero then worked for a negociant in Biella, having moved there after the war. During this period, Piero never cut his ties with the Langhe and his love for wine. After establishing businesses in several sectors, latterly in textiles, Piero bought the current Azienda Vinicola Palladino in 1974. Management was entrusted to his cousin Maurilio Palladino who, together with his wife Domenica, have been at the helm of the estate ever since. The ethos at Palladino has always been to produce traditional wines that highlight the characteristics of the Serralunga d’Alba vineyards. Today Maurillo’s stewardship is augmented with the energy and enthusiasm of the new family generation – Maurillo’s granddaughter Veronica, her husband Alessandro and Piero’s granddaughter Margherita with Luca and Matteo providing invaluable support in the vineyards and cellar.

Terroir:

The soil in Serralunga d’Alba is considered the oldest in the Barolo growing area. The clay and limestone composition support high quality grapes accentuated with mineral notes. The Palladino holdings are all located within the municipality of Serralunga d’Alba. Palladino produce three single cru bottlings and a classic Barolo blend.

Situated near the ridge that divides the two slopes of Serralunga d’Alba, Ornato enjoys full southern exposure. Palladino’s Ornato is characterised by distinct mineral hints, backbone and power without sacrificing elegance and harmony.

Parafada’s full southern exposure and sheltered position ensure excellent quality grapes producing stylish and refined wines, endowed with vigour and personality.

Facing south-east, San Bernardo embodies the characteristics that Serralunga d’Alba is most famous for. Producing austere wines with vigorous tannins, Palladino believe these grapes are best expressed in their Barolo Riserva, made only in top vintages. After two years of ageing in large barrels, the wine is tasted and analysed. If the wine can tolerate a further three years in cask and has sufficient structure for long term ageing, the decision is taken to produce the Riserva. When this decision is not taken, the juice from San Bernardo is used in the “Barolo del Comune di Serralunga d’Alba”.

Nebbiolo from San Bernardo, Ornato, Parafada, Serra and Gabutti all go into the classic Barolo del Comune di Serralunga d’Alba. The perfect introduction to Palladino’s Barolos, this wine provides an insight into all the vineyard expressions in a single bottle.

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