We were brought to Osvaldo’s door by his fabulous Barolo Serra dei Turchi 2001. His house is in a small cluster of farm buildings on a small ridge between Alba and the hilltop village of La Morra called “Serra dei Turchi”. There was a Turkish encampment on this ridge centuries ago. We love the handmade quality of his wines.
Over the last decade he and his family have added a vineyard in Serralunga – famous for its more macho Barolo. In 2010, a couple of friends offered him some grapes from the legendary Cannubi vineyard from which he made a sensational Barolo Riserva. It’s a shame that it was always going to be a one-off but try to catch it while we have a few bottles – it is possibly the finest wine Osvaldo has made so far! Another of his latest projects is his first white wine. Nascetta is a grape variety that had all but died out in the Phylloxera epidemic in the late 1800s. Until very recently there were just five or six growers in the nearby village of Novello who still had a couple of rows. Now there are a couple more, including Osvaldo.
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