Giulia Negri—a sort of wunderkind, if you will—makes the type of wines you’d expect from someone at the apex of their career. She pursues terroir expression with the instincts and knowledge of a grower who draws on decades of experience, and yet she’s merely getting started. Inspired in part by her time spent in Burgundy, a voracious curiosity, and great pride in her native Piedmont, Giulia produces Baroli that are rife with tradition, soul, finesse, and—most important—terroir. While hard work and passion certainly pay off, upon tasting these wines, you realize that some artisans are equipped with an unusual sixth sense that guides them to the forefront of their craft. Her 2016s drink beautifully in their youth, though high-altitude, organically grown Baroli as graceful as these will continue to dazzle over the lifetime of anyone patient enough to wait.
La Tartufaia is a divinely atmospheric truffle forest in the heart of La Morra where Giulia’s vineyards run parallel. The wines produced here, from clay-rich soil, are textbook examples of classically structured Barolo typical of the area. Rounded tannins, salty minerality, and pure Nebbiolo fruit make this wine an essential selection for any cellar, especially in such a stellar vintage.
At 520 meters above sea level, the Serradenari cru is home to the highest vineyards in the Barolo appellation, with sweeping views of the Langhe hills and snowcapped Alps on the horizon. I can’t imagine it would get old working amid this scenery, but that’s not to say the work is light. Giulia’s painstaking attention to detail in these sandier-soil parcels, and deliberate choices in the cellar, result in wines with a fine grain, spiced tannins, and a celestial nose of peony and rose petal.
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