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Barolo DOCG by Ceretto 2016

Barolo DOCG

by Ceretto 2016

Producer : Ceretto

Region : Italy (Italy), Piedmont (Italy)

Bottle Per Case : 6

Food Pairing : Red Meat, Steak

Tasting Notes

"Ceretto offers a tour de force in the 2016 vintage with four excellent single-vineyard expressions from Bricco Rocche, Bussia, Brunate and Prapò. If you can't choose between those wines, you always have this excellent fallback. The classic 2016 Barolo offers dark intensity with great aromatic detailing. Fruit and some floral notes are followed by ferrous notes and a good amount of powdered licorice. The aromas are delicate and fragile; however, the wine deftly hides its power within the soft folds of its slender, mid-weight mouthfeel. This is a perfect go-to Barolo when you can't choose from all the excellent options in this benchmark 2016 vintage. This wine, like the others, hit the market in May 2020."

95+ points - Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, July 2020

Specs

Bottles Per Case 6 Pack
Point Score 95
Cellaring Drink Now or Cellar
Sweetness Descriptor XD - Extra Dry See Sweetness Chart
Producer Ceretto
Region Italy (Italy), Piedmont (Italy)
Alcohol 14.5% alc./vol.
Style Warm and spicy reds
Vintage 2016
Farming Method Sustainable
Grapes 100% Nebbiolo
Food Pairing Red Meat, Steak
Descriptors Earthy, Floral, Fruity, Mineral
Wine Type Red
Wood Presence Oaked
Body Medium
Price of Case $599.94

The Producer

Ceretto

The Ceretto winery was founded in the 1930s: Riccardo Ceretto, who did not own any vineyards, produced wine from grapes he purchased. The turning point came when his sons Bruno and Marcello joined the business, with their innovative thinking for the time: the importance of the land. Though this seems obvious today, memories of the poverty of rural life in the Langhe region - described so well by Beppe Fenoglio in his novel “La Malora” (“Ruin”) - were still fresh, and Riccardo was reluctant to invest in purchasing land.

In the 1960s, Bruno and Marcello started mapping out the land that produced the best wines, and buying the vineyards. They would never leave the region again.

And so we are looking to the future: our family is a group with a shared vision, we make decisions together, guided by respect for expertise: we give those who have something to contribute - to the company, and to the territory - the tools to achieve that vision.

Every single project we undertake bears our genetic imprint and expresses the same values. Everything is culture: from award-winning gastronomy at Piazza Duomo to traditional Piedmontese cuisine at La Piola, and our art projects. The Chapel by Sol Lewitt and David Tremlett, in a Barolo Brunate vineyard at La Morra, places art in an agricultural landscape, elevating and celebrating it: there is an educational element, not direction from above but contamination from below. The same applies to our pursuit of environmental sustainability in the vineyards and in the cellars: we do not think of ourselves as being in competition with other wine producers, but we take pride in proving that even when you cultivate many hectares you can still respect the environment. Our mission is to open up new paths.

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