Guido Porro is one of my favourited under the radar producers...They also
happen to be among the most fairly priced Baroli readers will come across in
today's market. Porro's vineyards are in Serralunga, where Baroli tend to be
quite powerful, but here the wines are delicate, perfumed and refined, all in a
classic, traditional style built on transparency and weightlessness. Guido Porro
remains one of the most underrated growers in Serralunga. ANTONIO
The wines are all made in a very traditional manner and large Slavonian oak
is the only vessel used for maturation. There is no fining, no filtration and in
the vineyards herbicides and pesticides have never been used. Guido himself
treats the process as a fairly non-interventionist pursuit and lets the
vineyards speak for themselves and this attitude also continues into the
marketing of the wines where he rarely provides samples to journalists. Those
who do know about the wines are those who have heard and sought them out for
themselves. The two main Baroli cru are the Lazzaraisco (the lower portion of
Lazzarito) and Santa Caterina (further along toward Serralunga and directly
below the house). Interestingly both these plots are owned in their entirety by
Porro which is a rarity in the Langhe. As one would imagine the wines are
classically styled and exemplify the purity of the fruit and the ground they're
grown in. If there is one characteristic where the wines depart from the
generalised Serralunga script its that they have a more demure character and the
more intensely austere elements associated with Serralunga are not as prevalent.
We now have three Barolo producers in our portfolio and choosing a favourite
is like trying to choose a favourite amongst ones children. These wines arrived
hot on the heels of Mauro Veglio and Alessandria last year and as a result we
have a little bit left over. With the imminent arrival of the 2013 Barolo's we
are offering a scorching hot price of 30% off a Six Pack
containing two of each of the Gianetto, Santa Caterina and Lazzairasco.
The shelf price is $514 but we are offering it
at $360. This is quite frankly ludicrous value for top drawer
Barolo and it is as usual first in best dressed.
Please call me on 03 9686
3033 if you have any queries regarding the wine.