Ceretto Brunate Barolo 2005

Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy

Item No. 108716
  • red wine
  • collectible wine
  • WE94
  • RP92
  • WS91
Style: Big & Bold

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.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most 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%.
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2000
  • WS94
  • W&S92
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Winemaker's Notes

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.

Critical Acclaim

"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. "
94 Points

"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"
92 Points

"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."
91 Points

"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."
91 Points

"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. "
91 Points

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Learn About Ceretto Map ItMap It

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.

Learn About Piedmont

(PEED-mont) Piedmont is located in the Northwest area of Italy, hugging the Mediterranean coast. The regional capital, Turin, is situated smack in the middle of the province. Being close to the alps, the area enjoys a high altitude, with the best vineyards benefiting from the hills and elevation. Known for its famous sub-districts, Piedmont delivers some of the most...

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Learn About Nebbiolo

Nebbiolo(neh-bee-OH-low) The King of Piedmont Nebbiolo is the key grape in the wines of Barolo and Barbaresco. It is not the most planted variety, but it does make the most distinctive and age-worthy wines. Native to Piedmont, Nebbiolo is a bit of a soil snob - it's finicky about where it grows and has long been the honored red grape of Northern Italy...

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