Ceretto Brunate Barolo DOCG 2013, Piedmont, Italy

This 100% Nebbiolo wine is named for the prestigious Brunate cru from which these grapes originate. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel and is induced by indigenous yeasts. The process concludes with a maceration period of 10-15 days. Following malolactic conversion, which takes place in December, the wine spends 12 months in barrique (50% new; 50% second passage) followed by at least 12 more months in large casks of 25HL. 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. 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.

$194.99