Paolo Manzone, long-time winemaker for wine giant Giordano, has achieved his dream. He owns ten hectares of vineyard in Piedmont, 4 of which have the prestigious Barolo appellation and 6 in the Alba area. One Barolo bears the name of the sub-district of Serralunga - homeland of long-lived, fairly vigorous Barolos - and comes from 15-year-old vines. The other is a "single vineyard" or Cru: Meriame, planted 60 years ago
In the rustic Serralunga d'Alba, in the heart of the DOCG Barolo, lies the cru Meriame, where Paolo Manzone planted his Nebbiolo for his most important wines. The vineyard dates from 1948 and the vines are sometimes up to 70 years old. Manzone has been inspired by Burgundy and makes Barolos that mature in French Burgundy barrels. They are Barolos in a fairly modern style, which match the accessible and somewhat earthy style of Barolos that the cru Meriame produces. The grapes come from vineyards in the cru Meriame in the comune (municipality) of Serralunga d'Alba in Barolo. The vineyards are located at an altitude of 350 meters and face south/southeast. The soil consists mainly of clay and limestone. The oldest vines are about 70 years old.