2019 Barolo Cerretta 97VM Luigi Baudana Barolo, Piemonte
97 pts Vinous (Galloni) The 2019 Barolo Cerretta is packed with dark cherry, smoke, gravel, blood orange incense, scorched earth, licorice and mocha. This ample, full-bodied Barolo offers tremendous depth and textural intensity. Powerful and brooding, with tons of muscle and tannin, the Cerretta is incredibly promising. It is the most potent wine in this portfolio, by a pretty substantial range.
Vines planted in 1970, 49 years-old
Fermentation, which for Cerretta often starts quite slowly, is in open-top wood vats, lasting around 20-30 days with manual punchdowns. Depending on the vintage, up to 5% whole clusters could be used, fairly rare for Nebbiolo.
After fermentation, macerations continue cappello sommerso for an additional 20-35 days.
Aging is for around 32 months in large, 1500L or more neutral Slavonian oak botti
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