In a nutshell: A fresh, crisp and floral unique field blend from the Langhe region of Piedmont.
The lowdown: The winery of Luigi Baudana is one of the smallest in Barolo with only 6.4 acres of vineyards and since 2009 has been under the care of top Barolo producer G.D. Vajra. Located in the commune of Serralunga d'Alba the tiny production is limited to three Barolos and this wonderful white field blend. Made with the rare but high quality local grape Nascetta, along with Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and a little Riesling which are for the most planted together and then all vinified together, so a proper, traditional field blend, though quite unusual to see in Piedmont. In the glass aromas of citrus, hawthorn, blossom and a stony minerality. The palate is dry and very fresh with a great balance between a steely minerality, savouriness and a fleshy creaminess. A very enjoyable, unique wine from the heart of the Langhe.
When to drink: A perfect aperitivo wine, or try with salads and cold lunches, white fish, shellfish, roast vegetables, or lighter pasta dishes.
This small Piedmontese estate has just over four hectares of vineyard, all in the commune of Serralunga dAlba. Their tiny cellar is situated in the village of Baudana, while their vineyards are primarily in the crus of Baudana and the highly regarded Cerretta. It can be considered a ture 'Garagiste' style opeartion. After many years running the winery, and without heirs to take over their business, towards the end of the 'noughties' owners Luigi and Fiorina Baudana took the difficult decision to sell. Owing to the location of the vineyards, in the heart of the golden mile of Barolo, Luigi and Fiorina were offered some eye-watering sums of money, but wanted the name and estate to continue as is, rather than it be absorbed into a larger entity. After much searching Luigi settled on the visited the Vajra winery after being impressed with the estate's philosophy and values. And since early 2009 the Vajra family have continued to run the estate alongside Luigi and Fiorina. The depth of flavour and intensity that comes from the Baudana vineyards has remains as good as ever, but the Vajra touch in the cellar has taken things to a new level.