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Piedmont, Italy

Ceretto

Asili, Barbaresco 2018

“Restrained and citrus-scented, notes wander from Earl Grey to bitter orange, then potpourri, dried cherry and civet emerging. Full-bodied, this displays mid-palate weight with dense, lavish tannins that are underlined by crisp acidity. Rather foursquare, the wine shows great potential for ageing gracefully due to its tight-knit structure and fruit concentration. Drink 2021-2038.” 96 points

Aldo Fiordelli, Decanter
December 2021

“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

 

Barbaresco, Bernadot 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

“Just mid ruby. Rich, full cherry fruit of great depth and focus. A little less sensuous and nervier on the palate than Brunate. Sappy raspberry and cherry fruit over a layer of firm, grainy tannins. The acidity lifts the fruit but right now it is a little austere and needs more time. Long, fragrant raspberry fruit turns up at the end.” 17++/20

WS, JancisRobinson.com
2021

“Very aromatic with hazelnuts and hints of tar, orange peel and dried strawberry. Full-bodied, very tight and tannic with wonderful texture. Very racy and tight at the end. From organically grown grapes.” 95 points

James Suckling
2021

“Ceretto does a great job with this Bussia in a hot and challenging vintage. The 2017 Barolo Bussia is polished and nicely contoured with a sharp and well-focused quality of fruit with wild cherry and dark plum. Nebbiolo characteristics of licorice, tarry smoke and crushed flowers also play heavily into the character of this rich and well-concentrated wine.” 95 points

ML Wine Advocate
2021

“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 2017 Barolo Prapò is the most complete of these Barolos from Ceretto. There’s terrific definition to the dark cherry, spice, kirsch, smoke and rose petal flavors. Overall, the Prapò is pretty soft for a young Serralunga Barolo, but there is plenty of muscle lurking beneath, not to mention a good deal of dimension that starts to emerge with time in the glass. Drink 2025-2037.” 94 points

Antonio Galloni, Vinous
2021

“This is a sensational wine with piercingly clean red fruit over a super-stern and robust palate and while the tanins are certainly drying they are extremely ripe and fine. This is an amazing wine.” 18.5+/20

Matthew Jukes, Piemonte Report 2021

“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

“La Morra. Youthful mid ruby. Full, deep nose of ripe, red fruit with the merest suggestion of oak, like a seasoning more than anything. Peppery prickle on the nose and lifted, aromatic cherry notes with a hint of nutmeg. Lively, concentrated sour-cherry palate, viscous and multi-layered. Firm, but well-behaved tannins adding grip to the cherry fruit on the long finish.” 17+/20

WS, JancisRobinson.com
2021

“Extremely aromatic with blackberry, dried strawberry, wet earth and crushed stone. Full-bodied with intense, firm tannins. Very tight at the finish with precise, polished fruit and structure. From organically grown grapes. A great 2017.” 97 points

James Suckling
2021

“This shows a lovely core of elegant red cherry fruit with some cranberry freshness, and then a really finely wrought structure. Elegant and pretty with nice depth and focus. Such a lovely wine.” 96 points

Jamie Goode, Wine Anorak
2021

“It was a real challenge in 2017 to keep the balance in check here because this is of the hottest sites in Barolo! The soil is very light in colour and so it reflects the sun and it is southfacing, too, so it is vital to pick the right dates to harvest. The Ceretto team runs around like crazy people at harvest time. Deep and intense but still very much living in the red fruit spectrum, this is a superbly noble creation with thrilling tannins and, like Ceretto’s other 2017s, it is fresh and bright on the finish and then deeply savoury but not aggressively tannic. The tannins are super-fine and they will take time to disspitate but the flavour is already delicious, so I wouldn’t be too shocked and you mustn’t feel too guilty if you wanted to open a bottle for a sneaky preview already!” 18+/20

Matthew Jukes, Piemonte Report 2021

“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

 

 

Barolo 2017

“Gorgeous plum aromas with flowers and hints of hazelnuts and dried nuts. Full-bodied with firm tannins. Goes on for minutes. So solid. From organically grown grapes. Surprisingly tight and structured.” 94 points

James Suckling
2021

“The nose on this wine is a veritable mosaic of the amazing villages which make up blend…As far as this wine is concerned, it is a triumph of blending and the harmony here is extraordinary. This is a stunningly balanced wine which is forward, clean and refreshing. The fruit is cherry-soaked, tender, balanced and the tannins are crisp and juicy. This is a stunningly forward and expressive wine and it is a magnificent example of harnessing the most favourable characters of the vintage and gently coaxing these elegant tones from this myriad of vineyard sites. It is an incredibly impressive and also unnervingly sensitive Nebbiolo. 18/20

Matthew Jukes, Piemonte Report 2021

“The 2017 Barolo is a nervy, taut wine. Crushed flowers, dried cherry, mint and spice develop first, followed by darker more balsamic-inflected shades of fruit that open with a bit of coaxing. I would give the 2017 at least a year or two in bottle, as it is not especially forthcoming today. In 2017 Ceretto did not bottle their flagship Barolo Bricco Rocche. All of the best fruit from that site was used for the straight Barolo.” 90 points

Antonio Galloni, Vinous
2021

 

 

 Moscato d’Asti 2020

“Gently effervescent, the ever-so-slightly-sweet Moscato evokes the dewy taste of just-picked, just-pressed, sun-kissed grapes.”

Douglas Blyde, Evening Standard
November 2021

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