Guido Porro

Guido Porro makes some of the most characterful, traditional wines I have tasted anywhere in Piedmont. Winemaking is deliberately hands off; Porro prefers to let the individual wines and vineyards express themselves. His two single vineyard Barolos come from an amphitheatre of vines called Lazzarito within the commune of Serralunga d’Alba, from the eastern sector of the Barolo DOCG. In contrast to the clay-limestone of La Morra (see Voerzio), Serralunga’s soils are based on a type of sandstone, which combined with the sheltered, south-facing slopes of the commune, produce wines with enormous depth and complexity. Tasting older vintages of his two crus, Santa Caterina and Lazzariasco, is a fascinating exercise. With time the Lazzariasco becomes incredibly perfumed: a riot of dog rose and grenadine while the Santa Caterina is always more reserved on the nose but has the most wonderful inner perfume, exaggerating the wine’s light, streamlined persona.

 

“ . . . 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 GALLONI – OCTOBER 2012