Ceretto - Press Comments

Piedmont, Italy

Ceretto

Asili, Barbaresco 2018

“The dense ruby colour immediately suggests good concentration in what was a relatively light vintage. Restrained and citrus scented, notes wander from Earl Grey to bitter orange. Later, pot pourri, dried cherry and civet emerge. Full bodied, this displays mid-palate weight with dense, lavish tannins underlined by crisp acidity. Rather foursquare, it shows great potential for ageing gracefully due to its tight-knit structure and fruit concentration. The oak is well judged.” 96 points

 Aldo Fiordelli, Decanter
31st March, 2021

“So perfumed and subtle with dried flowers and spices, as well as some cherries and strawberries. Full-bodied and layered with soft, velvety tannins and a pretty finish. Very forward and attractive. From organically grown grapes.” 93 points

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com
July 2021

“Lustrous mid ruby with orange tinges. Rich but pure on the nose. Cherry fruit with a peppery tingle. Pure, juicy cherry fruit on the palate too with sandpapery tannins. Long fruit finish with bags of tannins. Tactile, focused and pure.” 17+/20 

Walter Speller, Jancisrobinson.com
12th July 2021

 

Gallina, Barbaresco 2018

“An enticing complexity dominates this Gallina, with a multifaceted filigreed profile. Tar, chocolate, and macerated cherries and violets are followed by a full bodied, velvety yet tense palate. The chocolate-cherry profile on the nose returns on the palate, with a still ungainly finish which will evolve with ageing.” 94 points

Aldo Fiordelli, Decanter
31st March, 2021

“Very floral and fresh with cherry, plum and some strawberry. It’s full-bodied with firm, chewy tannins and dark fruit. Some smoke and wet earth, too. Pretty finish. This is tight and structured.” 94 points

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com
July 2021

 

Barbaresco 2018

“This has poised aromas of dried cherry and smoky woodland, with whiffs of rhubarb and flowers. The palate is loaded with firm yet polished tannins, and it has an amazing weight for a 2018, accompanied by crisp acidity and what seems to be the best quality of this wine: a stunning savouriness.” 93 points

Aldo Fiordelli, Decanter
31st March 2021

“Sweet strawberries and cherries with some flower and sandalwood character. Medium-bodied with beautifully integrated tannins that run through the center palate. Fresh and vivid on the finish.” 93 points

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com
July 2021

 

Langhe Monsordo 2018

“A solid red with blackberry, smoky wood, currant and mahogany character. Full-bodied, juicy and flavorful.” 94 points

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com
July 2021

 

Langhe Arneis Bianco, Blangé 2018

“A crisp and clean white with lemon rind and hints of mineral and stone on the nose and palate. Medium body. From organically grown grapes.” 90 points

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com
16th June 2019

“Very pale gold. Apple, nut and flint, with a gentle fennel lift. Crisp palate, with spritz adding some life. Fresh green apple, lemon, some flint mineral and some dried fennel on the finish. More character than many an Arneis. Moderate length.” 15/20

Jancis Robinson
7th March 2019

 

Bernadot Barbaresco 2018

“Lustrous mid ruby with orange tinges. Depth and concentration on the nose. Perfumed cherry and raspberry compote. Looks a little older than it is. Succulent ripe fruit on the palate with firm but polished tannins adding grip to the fruit and matched with almost racy acidity. Elegant and long.” 17/20

Walter Speller, Jancisrobinson.com
12th July 2021

 

Barolo, Bussia 2017

“This is the best interpretation of Bussia in 2017. The restrained nose features a stunning Parma violet aroma followed by cherry and liquorice, with raw meat in depth. Refined tannins of velvety texture and noble elegance flow on the palate, well integrated with lifted acidity and a good savoury finish. Not enormous concentration – this is instead focused on finesse.” 95 points

Aldo Fiordelli, Decanter
29th  March 2021

 

Prapò, Barolo 2017

“The nose opens up with dried cherry, rhubarb, violet, cinnamon and truffle in depth. The attack is velvety, followed by noble tannins and delicate lifted acidity. The dry, warm 2017 vintage is perceived in the subtle scratch on the finish accompanying a cherry kernel character. Sternness alongside finesse.” 95 points

Aldo Fiordelli, Decanter
29th  March 2021

 

Brunate, Barolo 2017

“Bright and intense ruby in the glass, the nose is a telltale super-restrained spectrum of elegance: tar and dried cherry, violet and chocolate, with earthy minerality in depth. Flavours of graphite, cherry fruit and a touch of marzipan dominate on the full-bodied palate, accompanied by firm, velvety tannins, assertive acidity and a warming finish. This 2017 Brunate is approachable now but will express its best after at least another one or two years in bottle.” 95 points

Aldo Fiordelli, Decanter
29th  March 2021

 

Barbaresco 2016

“Beautiful florals of lavender, violets and citrus intermingle with undertones of roasted herbs, raspberry compote and watermelon. Medium to full body, layers of bright fruit and a serious, long finish.” 93 points

James Suckling, James Suckling.com
7th November 2019

“The Ceretto 2016 Barbaresco is a softly layered wine with focus and balance. The wine is contoured and delicate with dried cherry and cassis aromas followed by licorice, spice and campfire ash. Ceretto has done a terrific job with this base Barbaresco (made with blended fruit from various vineyard sites). You can drink this wine straight out of the gate.” 92+ points

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate
28th June 2019

“Ceretto’s 2016 Barbaresco is bright and very nicely focused, with tremendous energy and a sense of translucent vibrancy that is simply compelling. Sweet red berry and floral notes are finely sketched in this gorgeous positively striking Barbaresco from Ceretto. I tasted the 2016 from cask prior to bottling. The straight Barbaresco is a blend of 65% Bernadot and 35% Asili from younger vines and lower, less well-exposed parcels. More importantly, though, the straight Barbaresco is a terrific introduction to the vintage at Ceretto.” 91-93 points

Antonio Galloni, Vinous
February 2019

 

Barolo 2015

“The Ceretto 2015 Barolo is a great wine to pair with fassona, the famous beef from this region, or any other typical Piedmontese meat dish. This is the so-called base Barolo, or classico, that is designed to be an expression of the Nebbiolo grape more than any single-vineyard cru. The wine is satiny and silky with fine texture. Producers hate this “base” descriptor, because it implies an inferior product to a cru. Don’t be misled: This is a Barolo-lover’s Barolo. It’s a true gem and an extremely elegant creation.” 95 points

Stephen Brook,  Nicolas Clerc MS, Aldo Fiordelli, Decanter’s Top Panel Tasting Wines of 2020
April 2020

“The Ceretto 2015 Barolo is a great wine to pair with fassona, the famous beef from this region, or any other typical Piedmontese meat dish. This is the so-called base Barolo, or classico, that is designed to be an expression of the Nebbiolo grape more than any single-vineyard cru. The wine is satiny and silky with fine texture. Producers hate this “base” descriptor, because it implies an inferior product to a cru. Don’t be misled: This is a Barolo-lover’s Barolo. It’s a true gem and an extremely elegant creation.” 94 points

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate
28th June 2019

“Pale ruby-garnet. Fresh earth. Fresh red cherry and some blueberry tones. Orange peel and floral lift, with some background oak nuttiness. Attractive in its youth. Nutty, spicy palate entry, with plenty of savoury cherry fruit, flint mineral and spice. Long, with high, but very fine-grained tannins. Classy, blended Barolo.” 17.5/20

Jancis Robinson
7th March 2019

 

Barbaresco Bernadot 2016

“The 2016 Barbaresco Bernadot takes the intensity level up a notch when compared to the base Barbaresco that I tasted immediately before this wine. The Bernadot is silky and fine with a pretty embroidery of floral aromas, cola, grilled herb and balsam herb. It will enjoy a long cellar life, at least a decade, but this wine is also perfect for near and medium-term drinking.” 94 points

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate
28th June 2019

“Treiso. Tasted blind. Mid ruby. Quite stalky and a little reductive. Supple palate that is still closed on fruit. Really brooding and with youthful fruit sweetness shot through by Nebbiolo’s hallmark acidity. Really elegantly built and with fine-grained, almost sandy tannins. Complete and only at the very beginning of its development.” 17.5/20

Jancis Robinson
14th May 2019

“The 2016 Barbaresco Bernadot is a super-classic wine. Finely cut, the Bernadot is all about energy and tension. Dark red cherry, cedar, tobacco, spice and leather gradually develop in the glass, but the 2016 is tightly wound and nowhere near ready to show all of its cards. It may very well be the most powerful, austere Bernadot I have tasted here. There is a real sense of weight and gravitas to the 2016 that adds to its embryonic feel.” 94 points

Antonio Galloni, Vinous
February 2019

 

Barbaresco Asili 2016

“The 2016 Barbaresco Asili is the most articulate and complete of the Barbaresco wines presented by Ceretto from the 2016 vintage. The wine offers momentary sweetness, with cherry and redcurrant followed by extremely silky and fine texture. After that bright berry fruit, the bouquet lays out dry notes of crushed stone and minerals. I most enjoyed the extremely fine texture of this wine, along with its accessible and elegant approach. Serve it with delicate crackers and a liver pâté or terrine.” 95 points

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate
28th June 2019

“Barbaresco. Tasted blind. Just mid ruby. A little leafy and the fruit not showing on the nose. Mouth-filling fruit as well as tannins. Truly compelling and with a near-perfect balance. Fantastic length. Can be approached now, but will go above and beyond.” 18/20

Jancis Robinson
14th May 2019

“Ceretto’s 2016 Barbaresco Asili is another stunningly beautiful wine from Ceretto. Here, too, the wine’s energy and tension are simply dazzling. Bright red cherry fruit and floral overtones abound in this taut, crystalline Barbaresco. Readers will have to be patient with the 2016, but it is a jewel of a wine. Deceptively in its mid-weight structure, the 2016 packs a serious punch and really sizzles with vibrancy.” 95+ points

Antonio Galloni, Vinous
February 2019

Ceretto logo