Ceretto Brunate Barolo 2005
Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
This year's production was reduced by half compared to the vineyard's normal potential, due to both a lower production of the vines, as well as a further reduction in the harvest, causing us to discard the wine produced from the fruit harvested after the week of rain at the beginning of October.
Brunate 2005 fully expresses the characteristics of this great cru: harmony and elegance. The nose is intense and delicate, with floral notes and red fruit with fresh, almost minty, hints of balsamic. In the mouth, the first impact is full and fresh, followed by lively tannins, tight and silky. Though it needs a bit of aging, this is one of those Barolo wines that is immediately appreciated and drinkable.
Wine Enthusiast - "Thanks to its dense clay soils, the Brunate cru delivers wines with high color saturation and aromatic caliber. This Barolo offers layers of black fruit, plum, spice, tobacco, cola and dark chocolate. The wine is firm and finely textured with power, dimension and personality on the long finish. "
The Wine Advocate - "The 2005 Barolo Brunate offers lovely richness in its sweet, perfumed red fruits, leather, spices and French oak. This is an especially graceful Brunate from Ceretto that dances on the palate, showing gorgeous balance and poise. The finish is long, sweet and harmonious, with the fruit offering lovely density to balance the tannins. In short, this is a beautiful effort from Ceretto. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2025"
Wine Spectator - "Shows ripe fruit, dried mushroom and hints of black licorice on a full body, offering round tannins and a velvety-textured finish, with lots of vanilla. A little subdued now. Needs to open. Best after 2012."
International Wine Cellar - "Good medium red. Deeply pitched, smoky aromas of redcurrant, truffle, tobacco and dried flowers. Deeper and sweeter than the Zonchera, with more breadth and finesse of texture. A hint of camphor leavens the wine's sweetness. I like the persistent, rising finish, which features nicely ripe tannins for the year.91(+?) points."
Wine & Spirits - "The Cerettos describe Brunate's soil as rich in magnesium; they planted 13.8 acres in this cru in 1974. The wine has La Morra's trademark softness of tannin, the texture of those tannins both fine grained and plush. They hold the fruit with elegance, hinting at scents of forest floor, fall mushrooms and rich earth. Decant this if you open it now to serve with a porterhouse steak. It should also age with grace. "
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For more than 80 years, the Ceretto family has been making wine in Piedmont's Langhe region of Italy and has set the benchmark for quality among Barolo and Barbaresco producers. The family is most well known for producing coveted single-vineyard Nebbiolo wines and introducing high-quality Arneis and Moscato. Today, the Ceretto name is synonymous with estate-grown, carefully produced wines, each expressing purity and elegance. View all Ceretto Wines
About PiedmontView a map of Piedmont wineries (PEED-mont)
Notable FactsNot just regulated to red wine, Piedmont also produces some notable whites, particularly those near the district of Gavi and Asti. Gavi produces still white wine from the Cortese grape. The wine is dry with a crisp, citrus-like acidity – fairly neutral but pleasant. Arneis is another grape/wine made in the area, creating a fuller wine that displays some nuttiness in the aroma and taste. Asti is well known for its sparkling wine – in particular Asti Spumante and Moscato d'Asti. Asti Spumante is typically higher in alcohol, sweetness & fizziness, while its higher-class cousin, Mostcato d'Asti, contains lower alcohol levels, a few less bubbles, and a more restrained and delicate representation of Moscato fruit.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.