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Ceretto Prapo Barolo 2011

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Winemaker Notes

This Barolo reflects the most typical style of the wine’s virtuosity and aristocracy. An ethereal nose with aromas of withered roses is accompanied by a slight fragrance of underbrush, making the wine extremely well-balanced and rounded. With its excellent acidity and tannins, this Barolo can expect a very lengthy cellar life, 15-25 years.

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JS 94
James Suckling
Beautiful aromas of blueberry, blackberry and hints of chocolate. Full-bodied, layered and rich with velvety tannins and a long finish. Better in 2018 but delicious already.
V 94
Vinous
The 2011 Barolo Prapò is just as impressive as it has always been. In 2011, the Prapò has retained considerable freshness as well as a real sense of verticality and lively acidity. The flavors are bright, precise and beautifully articulated throughout, with attractive citrus, blood orange, mint and cinnamon overtones. This is a rare 2011 Barolo that demands cellaring.
Rating: 94+
RP 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Of Ceretto's single vineyard expressions, the most robust and muscular is the 2011 Barolo Prapó. This comes as no surprise given that fruit is sourced from the Serralunga d'Alba township that is recognized for those heftier and darker characteristics. The wine boasts a dense and thickly extracted style with black fruit, anise seed, leather, tobacco and grilled rosemary. In the mouth, the tobacco flavors leave a lasting impression.
WS 91
Wine Spectator
An oaky style, boasting chocolate, mocha, cherry and plum flavors. The mouthcoating tannins are assertive but not overbearing, lingering with spice and underbrush accents. Best from 2019 through 2030. 420 cases made.
WE 90
Wine Enthusiast
Aromas of mature berry, menthol, coffee bean, toast and dark cooking spice emerge on this bracing wine. The firmly structured palate delivers dried black cherry, espresso, French oak, licorice, chopped herb and tobacco set against bracing, close-grained tannins and the warmth of alcohol. The tannins will need years to unwind.
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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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