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Ceretto Brunate Barolo 2012

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750ML / 14.5% ABV
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750ML / 14.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

This is a silky-smooth Barolo that shows great aromatic complexity. Aromas of ripe red cherries, dried roses, red licorice, and cloves combine with notes of tobacco and earth. On the palate, this wine is richly tannic with a long, pleasant finish.

Pair this wine with elegant red meat dishes like Châteaubriands or filet mignon medallions with crabmeat béchamel sauce.

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WS 94
Wine Spectator
This red combines cherry, strawberry, menthol and eucalyptus flavors with a firm structure and chalky texture. Sleek, finishing long, with accents of mineral, smoke, tar and licorice. Best from 2020 through 2037. 1,000 cases made.
RP 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Robust and opulent, the 2012 Barolo Brunate lives up to the reputation of this celebrated vineyard site. Brunate wines are known for their deeper color, aromatic intensity and hefty structure. You get all those qualities here packaged neatly into an elegant and age-worthy expression. Ceretto has made the best of the vintage thanks to careful fruit selection and you can taste those results here. This wine should be set aside for at least ten more years.
WE 90
Wine Enthusiast
Aromas of oak, dark spice, espresso, tobacco, dark berry and a floral note emerge in the glass. On the structured palate, assertive, close-grained tannins frame cranberry, red cherry, clove and white pepper. Drink 2020–2032.
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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 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, 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 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 soils 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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