- Tasting Notes
Denomination Nebbiolo DOCG
Producer Luigi Baudana, Vajra
Region Italy, Piedmont
Variety 100% Nebbiolo, mix of Lampia and Michet biotypes
Size 750 ml
Serving temperature 16/18°C, open it at least 15-30 minutes before serving
Pairing Stewed red meat, Roasted and grilled meat, Mushroom risotto, Game, Aged cheeses
The blue clay, embedded deep down in the terroir, translates in an elegant, juicy but never hefty wine. Baudana 2014 is rich in red fruits, sour plum and marinated apricot, with a hint of black tea and pine needles. The layered and textured palate shows supple tannins and a fresh sapid finish. Baudana capture the gentle essence of Vajra combined with the power of Serralunga.
Colour Flat garnet
Aroma Withered roses, raspberries and cherries, mineral and balsamic puffs of eucalyptus, closure of leather and oriental spices
Taste Full, robust, elegant and with dense tannins, widely fresh and persistent salinity
Harvest and winemaking In Serralunga d’Alba, Nebbiolo ripens a few days earlier than in Barolo. Fruit is usually picked in mid-October, with a delicate fermentation in open-top tini that runs approximately 20-30 days followed by cappello sommerso. Punch-downs and gentle pump-overs are the only operations over the time of maceration. Malolactic fermentation is spontaneous and usually happens in the following spring.
Ageing The Baudana was wracked into oak after malolactic fermentation and spent 31 months in large Slavonian oak casks.
Ageing potential 10 years
Luigi and Fiorina always tended their vines with the outmost care. One episode really illustrates their care. Summer of 2008, two days after a serious hailstorm that hit Serralunga: their vineyards showed no signs of damage because the couple had ‘cleaned’ every single bunch to make sure ruined berries wouldn’t affect the rest of the cluster. Since 2009, the vineyards have been farmed under the Vajra’s organic protocol. Intense research is also placed into monitoring and improving the biodiversity of both flora and fauna not just in the vineyards, but also in the winery fields and forests. The winery is sustainably certified (UNI EN 11233:2009) and will be again fully organic certified since 2019.
Baudana is a hidden gem among the historical vineyards of Serralunga. Once celebrated, then forgotten, today finally regains its past prestige. Located on the western slope of Serralunga, just north of Parafada and Lazzarito, features a Sant’Agata fossil marl with a peculiar bluish tone. This is a rather unique soil within the contest of Serralunga d’Alba.