Ettore Germano's style is a result of both modern and old techniques, the latter including long maceration of the skins and aging in large untoasted oak barrels. The wines come off with a balance of power and finesse. Facing a little of the afternoon sun, and from limestone clay soils, the Cerretta expression is darker-fruited and firmer in structure. We suggest a long decant and a great pairing like lamb, filet mignon, or simply some moderately-aged cheeses and good company. Otherwise, this will be a good one to forget for 10 years in the cellar to let a complex bouquet unfurl.
The Germano estate, founded in 1856 by Francis Germano, began as a wine-growing property. It quickly established itself as one of the premier wine-growing estates in all of Piedmont. Sergio's father, Ettore, was long recognized as a master grafter of the region. Producers all over the appellation paid him by the vine to replant their vineyards. So it comes as no surprise that Sergio has emerged as one of the best producers in Piedmont. After taking over in 1993, Sergio merged his formidable technical winemaking knowledge with his family's great terroir, old vines and incredible tradition, creating an estate that has become among the very best in Barolo.