The world of Enrico Serafino Alta Langa sparkling wine.
Alta Langa, the “High Langa”, begins where the hills become wilder and the soil is marly limestone and clay. This is the land described by novelists Cesare Pavese and Beppe Fenoglio, the land that has made Piedmont’s great reds famous. For more than a century, the local Nebbiolo and Dolcetto grapes have grown alongside Pinot Nero and Chardonnay that will go into sparkling wines. Piedmontese tradition demands that such wines should be obtained by the classic method of refermentation in bottle.
Founded in 1878 in Canale d’Alba, Cantina Enrico Serafino was one of the first members of the Case Storiche Piemontesi association to blend premium cuvées of Metodo Classico wines.
Piedmont’s sparkling wines conquered the world in the early 20th century. Elegant advertising posters appeared on the streets of New York, London and Paris while the bottles featured in the festive scenes of Hollywood films and were uncorked at dazzlingly elegant parties. Spumante Enrico Serafino’s stylish Art Déco label was well to the fore. Today, little has changed. The label has been restyled but the cuvée is identical. Pinot Nero gives structure and a shrewdly gauged proportion of Chardonnay contributes a hint of seduction to the fragrances of a wine brimming with class and elegance. Above all, there has been no change in the manual procedures that make it. Skilled and precise to the point of ritual, they endure because quality cannot be improvised.
The long-established cellar continues to mature thousands of bottles, each skilfully stacked by hand, in its historic, temperature-controlled galleries. But tradition is not enough. Excellence is also achieved by the use of technology that respects the grape and by maturation in bottle monitored every day for the long months during which the wine remains in contact with the lees.
Enrico Serafino’s range consists of two Alta Langa sparkling wines: “Alta Langa” and “Alta Langa ZERO”.
“Alta Langa” spends 36 months on the lees. Subtly harmonious bouquet, fine bead of tiny, lingering bubbles and attractively dry, savoury palate.
“Alta Langa ZERO” is undosed, that is to say no liqueur d’expédition is used at disgorgement, which is carried out only with the addition of the original wine (the name ZERO is referred to “zero dosage”). Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes from Alta Langa vineyards at elevations of more than 300 metres a.s.l. give to the wines outstanding structure and acidity, ideal for long lees ageing. After sojourning on the lees for about 60 months, Alta Langa ZERO shows complex, elegant fragrances and a vigorous structure sustained by good acidity and a long, minerally finish. Its perlage of tiny bubbles lingers unhurriedly.
CANTINE ENRICO SERAFINO
Corso Asti, 5 – 12043 CANALE D’ALBA (CN)
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