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Ceretto Brunate Barolo 2017

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750ML / 14% ABV
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750ML / 14% ABV

Winemaker Notes

There is a carnival of flowers on the nose, accompanied by ethereal accents, in the generous vintages, or by a range of citrus notes, in the fresher years. In its youth, the wine is instilled with a fruit that seems sweet and whole, the tannins are able to enliven the mouthfeel and restore tension, without removing smoothness from its taste. It is the development, then, that makes the picture precious, painting the whole with autumnal tones and whiffs of smokiness. There is an aura of pure hedonism, which pervades the summit of this hill.

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JS 97
James Suckling
Extremely aromatic with blackberry, dried strawberry, wet earth and crushed stone. Full-bodied with intense, firm tannins. Very tight at the finish with precise, polished fruit and structure. From organically grown grapes. A great 2017. Needs time to open and soften. Drink after 2025.
RP 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2017 Barolo Brunate is another very expressive wine with a dark fruit signature and extra concentration, thanks to this warm vintage. Layers of black fruit and plum cede to spice, licorice and spent embers. To the palate, the wine shows an open-knit fiber with solid fruit weight and a richly layered approach.
V 93
Vinous
The 2017 Barolo Brunate is one of the most expressive Barolos in this flight of 2017 Barolos from Ceretto. Dark cherry, rose petal, kirsch, mint and lavender fill out the layers nicely. The warmth and dryness of the year is evident in the wine's feel. Alessandro Ceretto opted to only use fruit from the oldest vines at Brunate, those that are 50 years old.
WS 92
Wine Spectator
A delicate style, this features cherry, strawberry, rose, hay and menthol flavors. Builds in structure to a dense, lingering structure, with a bead of acidity threading throughout. Best from 2025 through 2042.
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The Langhe hills of Piedmont constitute that area of northern Italy where the wide and flat Pò river valley suddenly disappears and gives way on all sides to hulking and precipitous slopes. The Langhe hills are more than hills. They are ancient and rugged earth. Their narrow peaks are topped by castles, and they are thick to the horizon with grapevines. The Langhe hills are home to a small group of farmers and winemakers who, together, have succeeded in creating some of the planet’s finest expressions of place.

The Ceretto family is among that fortunate group. For three generations members of the Ceretto family have transformed the fruit of the Langhe’s vineyards into wines that speak of the regions identity. The famed Italian gastronome and intellectual Luigi Veronelli wrote, "The land, the land, the land, the land, always, the land." This philosophy is central to the Ceretto family. Reverence for this land has passed from Riccardo, who blended fruit from the region’s best vineyards, to Bruno and Marcello, who purchased Langhe vineyards and began bottling single crus, and finally to Alessandro, who is taking the winery into the 21st century by using natural methods to foster vines that are stronger, healthier, and more in balance with their environment. The Ceretto family has always been committed to producing the most expressive and authentic wines their land can yield.

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The center of the production of the world’s most exclusive and age-worthy red wines made from Nebbiolo, the Barolo wine region includes five core townships: La Morra, Monforte d’Alba, Serralunga d’Alba, Castiglione Falletto and the Barolo village itself, as well as a few outlying villages. The landscape of Barolo, characterized by prominent and castle-topped hills, is full of history and romance centered on the Nebbiolo grape. Its wines, with the signature “tar and roses” aromas, have a deceptively light garnet color but full presence on the palate and plenty of tannins and acidity. In a well-made Barolo wine, one can expect to find complexity and good evolution with notes of, for example, strawberry, cherry, plum, leather, truffle, anise, fresh and dried herbs, tobacco and violets.

There are two predominant soil types here, which distinguish Barolo from the lesser surrounding areas. Compact and fertile Tortonian sandy marls define the vineyards farthest west and at higher elevations. Typically the Barolo wines coming from this side, from La Morra and Barolo, can be approachable relatively early on in their evolution and represent the “feminine” side of Barolo, often closer in style to Barbaresco with elegant perfume and fresh fruit.

On the eastern side of the Barolo wine region, Helvetian soils of compressed sandstone and chalks are less fertile, producing wines with intense body, power and structured tannins. This more “masculine” style comes from Monforte d’Alba and Serralunga d’Alba. The township of Castiglione Falletto covers a spine with both soil types.

The best Barolo wines need 10-15 years before they are ready to drink, and can further age for several decades.

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Responsible for some of the most elegant and age-worthy wines in the world, Nebbiolo, named for the ubiquitous autumnal fog (called nebbia in Italian), is the star variety of northern Italy’s Piedmont region. Grown throughout the area, as well as in the neighboring Valle d’Aosta and Valtellina, it reaches its highest potential in the Piedmontese villages of Barolo, Barbaresco and Roero. Outside of Italy, growers are still very much in the experimentation stage but some success has been achieved in parts of California. Somm Secret—If you’re new to Nebbiolo, start with a charming, wallet-friendly, early-drinking Langhe Nebbiolo or Nebbiolo d'Alba.

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