2011GiovanniRossoCerretta2011 Giovanni Rosso, Barolo, Cerretta, Piedmonte, Italy.
Davide Rosso’s gorgeous and silky Cerretta Cru Barolo is a young Nebbiolo that you can enjoy even now, though it certainly can age a decade or more, the 2011 has lush almost sweet tannins that add structure, but fold beautifully into the wine with any harsh edges. This striking Barolo has deep flavor, charm and hedonistic pleasure flowing in smooth layers from start to finish, this is pure as can be, traditionally crafted and wonderfully detailed with poise and terroir infused nobility. The 2011 Cerretta is denser than the basic Serralunga with a lavish texture, but still has the vibrant intensity and style, all the Giovanni Rosso wines are sublime, especially this one with it’s Burgundy like elegance and lengthy satiny mouth fell and graceful presence in the glass. The palate of the 2011 Cerretta starts with dried roses and dark floral tones, hints of cedary spice, minty herb and a cascade of red fruits with plum, cherry and tangy vine berries leading the way along with loamy earth, tarry salted black licorice, lavender tea and a touch of game. In it’s expressive youth the fruit feels full and ripely opulent, but I can sense the overall extract and complexity is all there for some fantastic evolving over the next 5 or 7 years in bottle. It is really joyous now, and it would not be bad to celebrate it’s openess with cuisine sooner v later, it is nice to be able to buy a bottle of great Nebbiolo and pop it open and totally feel no quilt and get maximum understanding of the place and varietal, this is that wine, it’s worthy of your cellar with out a doubt. I’m a huge fan of this winery and their 2008’s and 2010’s are masterpieces, but if you want a sleeper vintage to covet these 2011’s are fantastic!
($90 Est.) 93+ Points, grapelive

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